Bassetlaw District Council have welcomed the announcement by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Agency (UKAEA) that the West Burton A Power Station site in Bassetlaw has been added to the shortlist to be the future home of the UK’s first fusion energy plant – the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production, or “STEP”.
The site, located in the East of the District towards the river Trent has played a key role in UK energy production for over half a century, making a significant contribution to both the national and local economy.
Councillor Simon Greaves, Leader of Bassetlaw District Council said:
“I am delighted that the UKAEA have added West Burton A to the STEP shortlist, this is a site with an enormous amount of potential. Securing the future of energy production in Bassetlaw and the jobs and investment that comes with that would be a huge step in driving forward the local economy. We will continue to work with the nominating partnership including Nottinghamshire County Council and D2N2 in support of the West Burton site.”
There'll be a chance for residents to find out more about the process via an online community engagement event which is due to be held by UKAEA next month. Further details to come.
For more information view the Government Press Release: STEP siting process update
Last Updated on Tuesday, February 1, 2022