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Politicians must back the best long-term option

By Malcolm Grimston   October 2012

Before the recession it all looked quite clear—11 sites, subsequently reduced to eight, had been identified for new nuclear plants. The assumption was that all active nuclear stations, amounting to some 10,000MW, would be replaced by 2025. There was every prospect of further expansion after that. In the late 1990s, 30 per cent of the UK’s electricity came from nuclear—to return to that level would have required the construction of some 21,000MW of new capacity by 2030, representing around 13 reactors. At about £5bn a throw that was a lot of…

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