A senior government source said soaring gas prices and unusually low wind speeds in the North Sea had underlined the need to push nuclear.
‘If our current situation shows anything it is that we need more stable homegrown, low-carbon generation in the UK,’ the source told the Times. ‘This is an important project that we’re very keen to try and get off the ground.’
Welsh Secretary Simon Hart is also said to support the Wylfa plan.
Barbara Rusinko, president of nuclear at engineering firm Bechtel, which is part of the Wylfa consortium, told MPs yesterday that US involvement would ‘strengthen the transatlantic security partnership’.
‘We need the UK government to demonstrate backing for the project through commitment in the comprehensive spending review,’ she said.
Construction of the nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset is continuing (pictured in December 2020)