Find new source of nuclear tech for power site instead of China, UK urged
◆ Britain must find a “reliable source of supply” for its nuclear technology amid reports the White House has threatened to halt Chinese investment in a Welsh power plant, according to a former adviser to Theresa May, writes Matthew Field.
Washington has placed China General Nuclear on a blacklist that alleges it is linked to the Chinese military.
The US is now putting pressure on Hitachi, the Japanese firm building the Horizon Nuclear project in Anglesey, not to sell the business to China.
Neil O’Brien, a founding MP of the China Research Group, said the blacklisting “created huge legal uncertainty” for firms working with the Chinese nuclear group.
He said a solution would be investing in sovereign nuclear technology, or turning to closer allies. One project is a plan to build modular nuclear reactors, led by a consortium backed by RollsRoyce, which is planning to build up to 16 mini reactors, with the first coming online by 2029. It has been seeking £500m of funding.
Mr O’Brien said: “It raises further questions about whether, if we want to commission new nuclear power, we should generate domestic modular nuclear technology.”