Ministers transfer to dam China’s state-owned nuclear energy agency from all UK tasks together with £20billion Sizewell C plant
- China’s state-owned nuclear vitality firm could possibly be blocked from all future energy tasks within the UK
- Ministers are understood to be investigating methods to stop its involvement
- Would exclude China Basic Nuclear from the consortium planning to construct the £20billion Sizewell C nuclear plant
Ministers are exploring methods to dam China’s state-owned nuclear vitality firm from all future energy tasks within the UK together with the £20billion Sizewell C nuclear plant on the Suffolk coast.
A Whitehall supply confirmed a report by the Monetary Occasions that first revealed that the Authorities is exploring methods of eradicating China Basic Nuclear from future tasks together with a nuclear plant in Essex.
The transfer would doubtless stoke additional tensions between the UK and China and would additionally mark a toughening of Britain’s stance in direction of Beijing amid main issues about Beijing’s clampdown in Hong Kong, the row over Covid-19 and the therapy of the Uighurs in Xinjiang.
China’s involvement in nuclear energy within the UK dates again to an settlement endorsed by then prime minister David Cameron and Chinese language president Xi Jinping in 2015.
The transfer would exclude China Basic Nuclear (CGN) from the consortium planning to construct the £20billion Sizewell C nuclear plant on the Suffolk coast, in addition to one in Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex
A spokesman for the Division for Enterprise, Vitality and Industrial Technique stated: ‘Nuclear energy has an necessary function to play within the UK’s low-carbon vitality future, as we work in direction of our world-leading goal to remove our contribution to local weather change by 2050.
‘All nuclear tasks within the UK are carried out beneath strong and unbiased regulation to satisfy the UK’s rigorous authorized, regulatory and nationwide safety necessities, guaranteeing our pursuits are protected.’
One particular person acquainted with the matter instructed the Monetary Occasions: ‘There is not an opportunity in hell that CGN builds Bradwell. Given the strategy we have seen to Huawei, they [Downing Street] aren’t going to be letting a Chinese language firm construct a brand new nuclear energy station.’
The Authorities was compelled to reverse its resolution to let Huawei construct the 5G cell phone community final 12 months following mounting concern over the safety danger of giving China too massive a task in Britain’s infrastructure.
International Secretary Dominic Raab stated final 12 months that the UK might now not conduct ‘enterprise as typical’ with Beijing.