The vital national importance of new nuclear build in west Cumbria is underlined by an influential report published today.
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) is warning that the country faces a critical “energy supply gap” as a result of the Government’s strategy of closing all coal-fired power stations by 2025.
The problem is aggravated by the planned closure and decommissioning of several nuclear power stations, with those at Hartlepool, Heysham, Hinkley Point, Hunterston and Torness earmarked to close by 2024.
According to the IME’s report,the shortage will force the UK to import up to 55 per cent of its electricity needs from Europe and Scandinavia.
Dr Jenifer Baxter, head of energy and eat the IME, and lead author of the report, said: “The UK is facing an electricity supply crisis. As the population rises and, with the greater use of electricity use in transport and heating, it looks almost certain that demand is going to rise.