A Caithness councillor has declared that “all our economic worries will be sorted” if the world’s first nuclear fusion power station comes to the county. Hopes have been raised locally following news that further evaluation is to be carried out into the case for hosting the pioneering development in the far north. Councillor Matthew Reiss, who represents Thurso and Northwest Caithness on Highland Council, insists fusion technology is a “snug fit” for the county because of its history of nuclear work along with its engineering skills and strong supply chain. And he believes the opportunities it would create could help tackle depopulation. A bid to host the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) prototype fusion power plant was submitted by Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) in March. It has now been included in a list of 15 sites to be investigated further by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA).
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