A POWER company director is pleased the government has given the go-ahead for the UK’s first nuclear power station for nearly 20 years – but says even more plants are needed.
Darren Pearce, managing director of Fareham-based firm Powertecnique, praised plans to build the Hinkley Point C power station in Somerset.
He said: ‘We’re pleased that this deal has gone ahead as it should mean a more stable grid and is still the closest solution we have to a green solution today.
‘Nuclear power is one of the most reliant and viable solutions.’
The £16bn plant is due to open in 2023 and should be operational for 60 years.
The last nuclear power plant to be built in the UK was the Sizewell B in Suffolk which opened in 1995.
Mr Pearce called for further investment in atomic power to avert a potential shortfall.
‘This is a great step forward, yet there still aren’t enough nuclear reactors to meet with demand and the amount of energy we are currently using.
‘The potential energy gap means that we won’t have sufficient energy to service everyone in the UK and there is still a significant risk of power cuts.’ Hinkley C will include two nuclear reactors and will be built next to the existing Hinkley Point A and B power plants.
The plant will create about 900 permanent jobs.