C’mon... what’s the worst that could hap­pen?

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By SI­MON DEAN si­mon@sun­daysport.co.uk

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.”

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