UK opens nuclear fund to cut dependence on Russia

UK opens nuclear fund to cut reliance on Russia

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Britain stated on Monday its 75- million-pound ($905 million) fund focused on assisting increase domestic production of nuclear fuel for power plants and cutting dependence on Russian uranium products is open for applications.

The fund, revealed in July, will award grants to services associated with uranium conversion, an essential phase in the procedure of developing nuclear fuel from the metal. It will stay open for applications from Monday up untilFeb 20.

Russia presently owns around 20% of worldwide uranium conversion capability.

“Record high global gas prices, caused by Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, have highlighted the need for more home-grown renewable energy, but also UK generated nuclear power — building more plants, and developing domestic fuel capability,” Minister for Energy and Climate Graham Stuart stated.

Up to 13 million pounds from the fund has actually currently been granted to the Springfields nuclear fuel making website in northwest England, the federal government stated.

Energy supply has actually ended up being an essential focus because Russia’s intrusion of Ukraine drove expenses greatly greater. Planned additions to nuclear electrical power generation capability will decrease Britain’s dependence on gas, which sustained around 45% of generation in 2021.

Britain in November stated it would end up being a 50% investor in the Sizewell C nuclear task by supplying 700 million pounds in moneying to the plant, which is prepared for southeast England.

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