EDF ENERGY OWNS
AND OPERATES THE UK’S
NUCLEAR ENERGY IN THE UK
EDF ENERGY OWNS AND OPERATES THE UK’S EXISTING GENERATING NUCLEAR FLEET.
EDF Energy, the UK subsidiary of EDF Group, owns and operates the UK’s existing generating nuclear fleet with 14 advanced gas reactors (AGR) and one pressurised water reactor (PWR) supplying around 21% of the UK’s electricity. The UK’s remaining needs are currently met by a diverse energy mix including fossil fuels and renewables.
Since 2010, 20% of the UK’s generation capacity has been retired with the remainder due to close between 2023 and 2055.
The UK urgently requires new investment into its energy infrastructure to replace old and polluting sources of electricity generation, and to ensure the UK has sufficient capacity from the mid-2020s. In addition, the UK has a legally binding emissions reduction target of 80% by 2050 in order to help fight climate change. A future energy mix with a significant amount of low carbon nuclear generation alongside gas and renewables, will help deliver a secure low carbon energy system at an affordable price, with flexibility to incorporate future technologies.
EDF Energy, in collaboration with China General Nuclear (CGN), are leading construction at Hinkley Point C; the site for the first new nuclear station in a generation, with a twin European pressurised water reactor (EPR). Go ahead for the station was given by the UK Government in September 2016, with construction work starting almost immediately. Once built, the station will supply around 7% of the country’s electricity; powering 6 million homes, creating 25,000 new jobs and 1,000 apprenticeships. The electricity it generates will avoid 9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year, or 600 million tonnes over its 60-year lifespan. The company is also developing Sizewell C and Bradwell B in partnership with CGN.
EDF Energy has successfully extended the life of its AGR fleet stations by an average eight years and is now planning a defuelling and deconstruction programme from the mid 2020s.
Horizon Nuclear Power also has plans to build two advanced boiling water reactors generating 2.7GW at Wylfa and two more reactors at Oldbury.
Further information available on the Nuclear Industry Association website.