The Welsh island of Anglesey will host the UK’s next major nuclear power station

The UK government is aiming to build a large nuclear power plant in North Wales as it seeks to boost the supply of stable, low-carbon electricity alongside wind farms to meet its climate targets.

Britain is starting talks with international energy companies to try to build the Wylfa power station on the island of Anglesey, according to a statement on Wednesday. A new gigawatt-scale nuclear plant at the site would potentially be the third new large-scale atomic plant in Britain, after decades without a new facility being completed in the country.

Nuclear power is central to the UK’s goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and the current government plans to quadruple capacity by that year.

“We are moving forward with the largest expansion of nuclear energy in 70 years,” said Claire Coutinho, secretary of state for energy security and net zero emissions. “Wylfa would not only bring clean, reliable energy to millions of homes, it could also create thousands of well-paid jobs and attract investment across North Wales.”

There is so far only one large-scale plant under construction, Electricité de France SA’s Hinkley Point C, which is billions of pounds over budget and years behind schedule. Another station in development, Sizewell C, is still working to secure funding.

The United Kingdom agreed to buy the Wylfa site from Hitachi Ltd. earlier this year for £160 million ($203 million). It is an effort to revive the site after the Japanese company abandoned it almost four years ago, despite a generous government support package to build an atomic plant there.

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