BANNG can reveal that Government policy on new nuclear power is no longer valid and, consequently, the proposed Bradwell B project should be removed from the list of eight sites confirmed by Government in 2011 as ‘potentially suitable’for new nuclear power stations to be deployed by the end of 2025. Andy Blowers, Chair of the Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG), states: ‘There is no chance that Bradwell could be developed before about 2030, if then, so it follows that it should be delisted and alternative energy strategies put in place’. It has become clear beyond doubt that the massive nuclear power programme projected in the National Policy Statement for Nuclear Energy (NPS) in 2011 is no longer either needed or justified by policy. Indeed, only one of the eight new nuclear power stations, Hinkley Point with a generating capacity of 3.3GW, stands any chance of making it by 2025 and, given all that has happened to that blighted project, it may fail even that target. Certainly, none of the other four candidates currently under consideration (Wylfa, Moorside, Sizewell, Bradwell) stands the remotest chance of meeting the deadline set in the NPS. The most optimistic forecasts for Sizewell suggest around 2030 and Bradwell, which is not yet even on the starting blocks, looks even further away. BANNG has set out its views in its response to the Sizewell C Pre-application Consultation which has just finished. It concludes: ‘The idea that there could be new reactors on six of the eight sites with a combined generating capacity of 18GW by 2025 (or for that matter any other indicative date) was always in the realms of fantasy’.
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