The UK government has approved the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset.
The £18bn plant will provide 7% of Britain’s electricity needs for 60 years.
The decision follows a review of the project and a revised agreement with EDF — the plant’s developer.
Greg Clark, secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, said: “Having thoroughly reviewed the proposal for Hinkley Point C, we will introduce a series of measures to enhance security and will ensure Hinkley cannot change hands without the Government’s agreement.
“Consequently, we have decided to proceed with the first new nuclear power station for a generation.
“Britain needs to upgrade its supplies of energy, and we have always been clear that nuclear is an important part of ensuring our future low-carbon energy security.”
The project is expected to create 26,000 jobs and apprenticeships. The first electricity from Hinkley Point C is expected to be produced in 2025.
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