JAPS TO BUILD UK NUCLEAR POWER STATIONS
C’mon... what’s the worst that could happen?
A MAJOR Japanese firm has taken over plans to build two nuclear power plants in the UK – months after Japan vowed to phase out its own nuke power in the wake of the Fukushima crisis.
In a £700m deal, Jap engineering giant Hitachi will build reactors at Wylfa on Anglesey, North Wales, and Oldbury in Gloucestershire.
Hitachi has taken over the construction from German-owned E.ON and RWE npower.
The Government and unions welcomed the deal, which drives forward plans for a fleet of new nuclear power stations across the UK.
The facilities, which could be feeding electricity into the national grid in the first half of the 2020s, are expected to generate power equivalent to up to 14 million homes.
Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday’s announcement was a “multibillion-pound vote of confidence” in the UK.
In Hitachi’s homeland though, there is anything but confidence in nuclear power after huge swathes of Japan were rendered uninhabitable by the 2011 Fukushima accident.
Last month Japan said that it would seek to phase out nuclear power by 2040 due to public nervousness.
Greenpeace said: “It speaks volumes about the UK’s nuclear programme that it’s promoting a reactor designed by the firm that helped build Fukushima.”