A proposed nuclear fusion plant near the Lincolnshire border could bring 10,000 jobs to the area if it’s approved.
If selected, it could bring a host of benefits to the area – including 10,000 new jobs.
It would also see a wealth of job opportunities in construction.
Nottinghamshire County Council is campaigning alongside EDF, Midlands Engine, D2N2 LEP and Bassetlaw District Council to see the site selected for the prototype reactor, on the strengths of the size of the land its proximity to other facilities.
The site rests on 300 hectares of land and is situated nearby to the UKAEA’s Fusion Technology Facility, as well as other key manufacturers and suppliers behind nuclear projects.
The proposal has received cross-party support.
Brendan Clarke-Smith, the Conservative MP for Bassetlaw, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to create the world’s first commercial fusion power plant prototype, creating thousands of obs and supporting the existing energy supply chain.
“This will deliver true levelling up to the Midlands and is a campaign I wholeheartedly support.”
Cllr Simon Greaves, the Labour leader of the district council, similarly praised the proposals.
He said: “West Burton A has played a key role in UK energy production for over half a century, making a significant contribution to both the national and local economy.
“The site is the ideal location for the STEP project and will benefit from the enhanced skills, research and supply chain capabilities across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Sheffield City region.”
Supporters of the project previously told Lincolnshire Live that nuclear fusion would offer the region a “virtually limitless source of clean energy”.
Rachael Glaving, commercial director of generation at EDF UK, added: “EDF has a long and proud history of electricity production at West Burton A.
“EDF also a key role in developing the energy technologies that will help the UK meet its zero carbon ambitions.
“And so, the UKAEA fusion project is the perfect partnership for us, as we have the right site and the existing engineering tradition to support the UKAEA in this exciting new fusion project.”
A decision is expected to be made on which site will be awarded the project later this year.
The power station is set to be decommissioned in September as part of government plans to phase out coal-fired energy production by 2024.
In August 2021, sister station West Burton B was sold to investment company EIG by energy giant EDF.
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