Nuclear Power Stations in the UK

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Nuclear power provides approximately one quarter of the UK's total energy mix, a figure that is expected to have increased by 2035. The UK currently upholds 15 operational reactors, across seven projects.

The first UK power station was opened in 1956 and was called Calder Hall, based in Windscale, England. 


Calder Hall was opened by Queen Elizabeth and was the world's first nuclear power plant to generate electricity on an industrial scale.

Since then, many of the country's reactors have been closed down, so by 2019 the nuclear sector's share of the country's power had declined to just 19%.

In October 2010, the British government allowed private suppliers to build up to eight new nuclear projects, bar Scotland, who opted out of these plans. 

However, in 2012, many of the industry's big players pulled out of the developments in new plants, which caused worry about whether the UK's nuclear industry will be reborn.


EDF Energy is now planning to build four new reactors at two plants, and this has been approved by the British government. Initial construction has already begun on two reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset.



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