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    Worksop MP ‘thrilled’ as Bassetlaw selected to host first nuclear fusion plant


    October 5, 2022 - Worksop Guardian

     

      Mr Clarke-Smith, Conservative MP for Bassetlaw, said it was a ‘monumental’ moment as the government announced Bassetlaw as the future home of the world’s first prototype fusion energy plant.

      The new Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production project, led by the UK Atomic Energy Authority, will replace the current West Burton A coal power station and create a global hub for a range of engineering, technological and scientific expertise – creating as many as 10,000 new jobs.

      READ MORE: Kiveton Park Industrial Estate: Fire still burning after 2 weeks, as residents complain of 'intolerable' fumes

      The government had previously shortlisted the site among four others in Cumbria, Yorkshire, North Ayrshire and Gloucestershire.

      Mr Clarke-Smith said: “This is a world-leading project and will bring billions of pounds to the local economy and create thousands of jobs. This also continues the long and proud tradition we have here in Bassetlaw with energy production.

      “I want to say a huge thank you to Coun Keith Girling and to the officers at Nottinghamshire Council, such as Matthew Neal, who put this bid together and helped us beat off fierce competition from other areas.

      “I have been lobbying the government with Coun Ben Bradley, council leader and Mansfield MP, to argue why the West Burton site would be ideal for this project, and I am delighted they have agreed.

      “It’s probably comparable with having Toyota or Rolls-Royce come into our area – it’s not just jobs, it’s the training, it’s the investment. It’s the future of energy generation.

      “This announcement is an absolute game changer for the area and truly shows levelling up in action.”

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