‘Nuclear is coming home as UK will have a new reactor every year’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke ahead of the release of the Government's energy strategy on Thursday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says ‘nuclear is coming home’ as part of energy strategy Vlastas via iStock

The Prime Minister has stated that “nuclear is coming home” as part of the Government’s energy strategy.

Speaking ahead of the release of the plan on Thursday following repeated delays, Boris Johnson said: “In the country that was the first to split the atom, the first truly to harness its power to light our homes and drive our factories, we will once again lead the way.

“Nuclear is coming home.

“So instead of a new reactor every decade we’ll have a new reactor every year.

“For years, governments have dodged the big decisions on energy, but not this one.

“We’ve got the ambition, we’ve got the plan and we are going to bring clean, affordable secure power to the people for generations to come.”

In the social media video, Johnson said energy bills had been rising across the globe and “absolutely soared” after Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

“And we just can’t carry on like this,” he said.

The PM said the plan would make British energy “cleaner, more affordable and more secure”.

As well as the already-announced £9bn package to help families with rising costs, the Government would “bring those bills downs” by “upgrading homes so they use less energy”.

Ending dependence on foreign oil and gas would make supply more secure, he said, with a shift to British fossil fuels during the transition to cleaner forms of energy.

He said: “Even as we move to net-zero, we’ll still need some fossil fuels. So, we’re going to use more British ones, capturing their emissions and storing them safely under the sea.”

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