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Skotland risikerer at gå glip af ny generation af nukleare anlæg, advarer GMB

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logoNye nukleare stationer er sandsynligvis ved Hinkley Point, Oldbury, Wylfa, Heysham, Sellafield, Hartlepool, Sizewell og Bradwell, da de i modsætning til Skotland er ved at komme videre med planlægnings- og investeringsspørgsmålene, siger GMB.

GMB, fagforeningen for energiarbejdere i Skotland, advarer om, at Skotland risikerer at gå glip af en ny generation af atomkraftværker, da der ikke er planer om at erstatte Hunterston B og Torness. Begge skal nu nedlægges i 2023. GMB siger, at dette skyldes den skotske regerings manglende strategi og vision om, hvordan man kan opfylde Skotlands energibehov.

Denne advarsel kommer i kølvandet på meddelelsen om, at EDF, som driver disse to atomkraftværker i Skotland, er nået til enighed om at bygge et nyt atomkraftværk ved Hinkley Point i Somerset. Se noter til redaktionen for kopi af pressemeddelelse.

GMB Scotland Senior Organizer Jim Moohan sagde: "Dette fremskridt ved Hinkley Point C bør tjene som wake-up call på den alvorlige risiko for, at Skotland går glip af den næste generation af nye atomkraftværker.

“As things stand it is likely that the next generation of power stations will be built at Hinkley Point, Oldbury, Wylfa in Angelsea, Heysham, Sellafield, Hartlepool, Sizewell in Suffolk and Bradwell in Essex as they are getting on with the planning and investment issues.

“By contract the First Minister is hanging on to the coattails of the UK Government on the nuclear question without giving clear indication to the Scottish people what safeguards he has in place for the long term.

“The renewables factor will not sustain our energy requirements. It is time the pressure groups and politicians who continually put down the nuclear sector come clean as to how they would address our energy needs in the long term.

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“The stark reality is that Hunterston, commissioned in 1976, and Torness, commissioned in 1988, will have to be decommissioned in 2023 after four decades of successful operation.

“The First Minister and the opponents totally ignored this history of success.  The skill loss at these stations will be devastating to the Scottish economy unless we get on with making a replacement decisions.

“The First Minister has to come clean on his strategy. This must be supported by substance and facts, with supporting evidence of how the Scottish Government intends to protect our energy supply and with what means they intend to carry this out.

“GMB is clear that a nuclear build programme is vital to the Scottish economy. It has a proven track record of clean and carbon free vital for the balanced energy policy Scotland needs.

“There is a fantastic opportunity for job growth within the area which will create a new wealth of apprenticeships for the future with technical experience and the creation of thousands of jobs within the construction sector alongside a multi-billion pound boost for the economy.

“The other energy giants within the Scottish economy continue to look at ways of reducing the carbon emission to adhere to EU legislation.  There is a clear message coming through that nuclear with its track record is vital for the continuation of a viable economy within Scotland and­ as part of the UK sector.

“The safety within the nuclear sector within the UK has been dramatically improved from the outset of the establishment of that Industry and continues to thrive on as zero tolerance on health and safety.”

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