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Comment: Energy Security Plan: Nuclear energy and floating offshore wind (FLOW)

30 March 2023

Welcoming Government announcements on nuclear energy and floating offshore wind (FLOW), Welsh Affairs Committee chair, Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP, said:

“I welcome the UK Government’s announcements today around floating offshore wind and nuclear energy: representing steps to enhance home-grown energy.

“On the back of last week’s announcement on freeports, it is very welcome that the Government has now launched a funding scheme to encourage investment in infrastructure to support Floating Offshore Wind. This could turbocharge efforts to see open up the Celtic Sea to the green energy revolution, offering enormous economic opportunities for Welsh communities. It is essential that Welsh ports receive a fair share of the £160 million package.”

“For some time the nuclear sector has called for greater clarity on the Government’s ambitions, and the policy announcements today on nuclear energy is in line with what we have been calling for. The full launch of Great British Nuclear should go some way to reassure the sector and motivate them to invest. I wish its interim Chair and Chief Executive the best in their endeavours, and look forward to seeing the detail of the Small Modular Reactor technology competition when it launches. It is absolutely right that the Government is looking to match global competitors so we are not left behind in establishing and reaping the benefits of gigawatt scale nuclear, as well as from small modular reactors.”

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