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Why the Nuclear Deal Between UK and France Is Good

February 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 139

Over the weekend, the governments and industries of France and the UK announced that they will work closely together to speed up nuclear new-build in the UK, which is great news for industry in the UK and for our energy supplies.

For example, French-owned energy giant EDF has completed a previously reported £100 million deal with Keir/BAM Nuttall for preliminary works at Hinkley Point in Somerset, which is the first major construction deal to be awarded in the £10 billion project. There are already more than 700 people in UK and France working on the Hinkley C project and EDF estimates 25,000 people will be employed over the course of construction.

Additionally, the Prime Minister also announced that a new Rolls-Royce factory in Yorkshire will produce components for Hinkley as part of a £400 million deal with French energy giant Areva, creating wider job opportunities and a boost to the UK manufacturing sector.

The deal is important for the country's energy supplies, as within the next 10 years all but one of the UK's current deployment of nuclear reactors will be decommissioned and with this the UK will lose nearly one 5th of its electricity-generation capacity. The construction of renewable sources, while important, will not cover the loss of power generation created by the decommissioning, so building new nuclear reactors is crucial to maintaining power coverage, and the proposed reactors present a modern, high capacity, zero carbon option.

The third generation style EPR power stations will have an impressive list of safety features including protection against airline impacts for their reactor domes, designed to make the chances of a Fukushima-style negligibly tiny and, if the worst ever did happen any radiation would be properly contained.

Building a new nuclear power station in Somerset will pave the way for a new Anglo-French industrial pact, David Cameron said in Paris as he shared a platform with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The two leaders made an important commitment to "economic collaboration" in the development of civil nuclear energy.

Mr Cameron said: "My goal is clear. I want the vast majority of the content of our new nuclear plants to be constructed, manufactured and engineered by British companies." It is also great news for job seekers - not just those already employed in careers in nuclear engineering, but in a range of skills and positions, including manufacturing, science, technology, planning, finance, supply chain and more.

Careers in Nuclear was founded by experts in the recruitment industry who work within construction and energy sectors. The founders felt that the growing nuclear industry needed a central platform on which companies and candidates could meet. To register as a client or candidate visit http://www.careersinnuclear.com/

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