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How UK's first nuclear reactor for 25 years will work


THIS could be the start of something big. In the next few weeks, the UK government is expected to sign a deal to start building the country's first new nuclear reactors for 25 years.

The reactor design is more efficient, and safer, than those in existing plants. They are also good news in terms of climate change (see "Shooting at climate targets"), but what they will do to energy prices is less clear. If the plan is to improve the UK's green credentials and energy security, however, yet more reactors are needed.

Assuming the deal goes ahead, the two reactors, which could cost about £14 billion, will be built at Hinkley Point on the Somerset coast, which already has two nuclear power stations, one of which is now being decommissioned.

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