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04/03/2021

Fusion power plant suggested for Nottinghamshire power station

Words: Laura Edgar
Ratcliffe on Soar Power Station / iStock-174812552

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s cabinet is to discuss a non-binding expression of interest for the Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station site to accommodate a Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) power station.

The programme involves designing and building a prototype fusion power plant.

In December, the government asked local authorities to come forward with potential sites for designing a prototype commercial reactor. It has set aside £222 million.

The government said the successful bidder could be “first in line for thousands of new local highly skilled jobs, putting them at the heart of the government’s green industrial revolution”.

On Tuesday 9 March, the council’s cabinet will discuss backing current site owner Uniper’s proposals to put the Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station forward for the project. A report by the council’s chief executive recommends that the cabinet should endorse in principle the expression of interest for the site as one of several being put forward in the East Midlands to the STEP programme.

A Uniper spokesperson said: “Uniper, in conjunction with local stakeholders, including Nottinghamshire County Council, is at the early stages of exploring options to submit part of its Ratcliffe-on-Soar site to be considered as a possible location for a fusion power station in the next decade or two, as part of the government’s Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) programme. This project is one of a range of options being considered for development of the site.”

The coal power station will be decommissioned in line with government plans by October 2025.

The report to the cabinet can be found on the Rushcliffe Borough Council website (pdf).

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