Energy crisis: Boris to hand Brits ‘shedloads of new power’ with £30bn final act in office

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Mr Johnson is reportedly preparing to announce an in-principle agreement that would offer funding to the Sizewell C reactor in Suffolk during his last week in office. The Sizewell C facility, which is to be constructed on the Suffolk coast, will be a 3,200 MWe nuclear power station — powerful enough to supply electricity for some six million homes.  He said yesterday that a public announcement was imminent. According to the reports, Prime Minister is thought to have privately decided to go ahead with Sizewell C earlier in the summer.

Speaking during a visit to Dorset, Mr Johnson said: “We are going to have a long-term British energy security strategy, and we’re putting in more nuclear — you’re going to be hearing more about that later this week.”

He also promised “absolutely shedloads of wind power” as he sought to pin the blame for high gas prices on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Speaking exclusively to the Express, Mr Johnson said:  “The potential of this country is enormous. We have a problem with our energy supplies, we had 13 years in which the Labour government didn’t build a single nuclear reactor and didn’t even greenlight a single nuclear reactor, which was even worse.

“So, no wonder the French have less of a problem with energy price inflation when they have huge quantities of juice coming from nuclear. 

“This is a country that first split the atom country, this is a country that built the first nuclear reactor called Calder Hall in Cumbria. We are the pioneers. How have we allowed ourselves to be overtaken in this way? And the answer is that we won’t allow ourselves to be overtaken. We will come back from it. 

The European Pressurised Design facility of Sizewell C, which is proposed by a consortium of EDF Energy and the China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN), is expected to cover a staggering seven percent of the country’s energy needs.

Over the past few months, Mr Johnson has focussed heavily on boosting nuclear and wind energy in the UK, as part of the country’s Energy Security Strategy to slash bills in the long term and reduce vulnerability to the volatile gas market.

During his visit to Dorset, the Prime Minister said: “Be in absolutely no doubt that the gas price is being driven by what Putin did in Ukraine.

“I’m not going to shrink from this — it is going to be tough in the months to come, it’s going to be tough through to next year, and that’s because of Putin’s war in Ukraine.

“But we’re going to get through it.”

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The proposed facility has long been met with disapproval by antinuclear and wildlife campaigners, who have announced that they will be continuing to oppose the project.

A spokesperson for the campaign group Stop Sizewell C told BBC News: “Our next prime minister should call Sizewell C in.

“There are so many better ways to spend billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money than on a project that won’t light a single lightbulb for at least a decade.”

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