Prime Minister Boris Johnson has mentioned he desires eight new reactors to be built by 2050 to change closing mills and provide about 25laptop of projected electrical energy demand.
France’s state-owned EDF, which is constructing Hinkley and Sizewell, has come underneath strain over the design of its expertise after China’s Taishan plant, which runs on an EPR reactor, shut down in July 2021 as a result of of faults with the fuel rods.
The Austrian authorities mentioned Britain ought to correctly examine the problems at Taishan “to avoid the occurrence of the same or similar problem at the EPRs in Sizewell C”.
Government sources mentioned the feedback shall be thought of when deciding whether or not the undertaking ought to go forward.
A spokesman for EDF mentioned: “We accept there are a range of opinions about nuclear power. The fact is the EPR is a proven technology which has been thoroughly scrutinised by nuclear safety regulators in a number countries, including the UK, who have approved it as safe.”
Austria and different international locations are allowed to touch upon Britain’s nuclear plans underneath the Espoo conference, a world settlement to guarantee nations have interaction with one another on tasks that might have environmental penalties for a number of international locations.
Charlotte Nichols, a Labour MP and member of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee in Parliament, mentioned the Austrians ought to focus much less on nuclear energy in Britain and extra on their reliance on Russian energy imports.
She mentioned: “Delivering Hinkley Point C, Britain’s largest ever inexperienced infrastructure undertaking, and getting began on Sizewell C, is important to the UK reaching internet zero.
“If I were in the Austrian government, I would be more concerned with the amount of Russian gas they are importing.”
The Sizewell undertaking is predicted to ship enormous funding in Suffolk.
A spokesman for the Sizewell C Consortium, which represents suppliers engaged on the programme, mentioned: “The UK’s nuclear regulator, the ONR, is a revered worldwide chief in regulation.
“We have full confidence in the proven design and safety of the EPR model, and the replication benefits it will bring to the UK; tens of thousands of skilled jobs across the country, billions of pounds of supply chain contracts for UK businesses, and increased energy security.”
A Government spokesman mentioned: “The UK has strong and efficient safety rules for nuclear services and performs a number one position in setting worldwide safety requirements.
“Our regulators would not allow a nuclear power station to be developed on a site, or to operate, if it was not safe to do so.”