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Why Britain is struggling with nuclear power

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in southwest England, the first commercial nuclear power station to be built in Britain since the mid-1990s, is facing significant delays and cost overruns, with the price tag now expected to approach $60 billion

🔭 The context: Originally estimated at £18 billion in 2016, the project's costs have ballooned due to delays, with the completion date pushed from 2027 to potentially 2031
• The challenges include the complexity of nuclear plant construction, regulatory hurdles, and the need to rebuild nuclear construction expertise in the UK

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: As nuclear power gains favor for its potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the success or failure of the Hinkley Point C project is pivotal for the future of nuclear energy in Britain and its role in achieving energy independence and climate goals

⏭️ What's next: The British government and EDF are working to overcome the setbacks at Hinkley Point C, with hopes that lessons learned will inform the construction of another planned reactor, Sizewell C, reducing future costs and delays

💬 One quote: “Relearning nuclear skills, creating a new supply chain and training a work force has been an immense task,” said Stuart Crooks, managing director of Hinkley Point

📈 One stat: The project now costs an estimated 47.9 billion pounds (about $60 billion), more than double the initial estimate.

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