Due – Tuesday 12th February
Draft – Tuesday 5th February
Should the UK have more Nuclear power stations?
Task – to write a report –
NOT A PPT
Include the following * Introduction – explain what your writing about * What is Nuclear Power? * Advantages * Disadvantages * Your opinion
Criteria * Simple * Diagrams * Paragraphs * Spelling punctuation and grammar * Full bibliography * Max 2 sides of A4 Font 12.
Nuclear power generates around one sixth of the United Kingdom'selectricity, using 16 operational nuclear reactors at nine plants (14advanced gas-cooled reactors, one Magnox and one pressurised water reactor), as well as a nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield.
The United Kingdom's first commercial nuclear power reactor began operating in 1956 and, at the peak in 1997, 26% of the nation's electricity was generated from nuclear power. Since then a number of reactors have closed and the share had declined to 19.3% by 2004 and approximately 16% by 2009. The remaining Magnox plant will close in 2014. The older AGR reactors have been life-extended, and further life-extensions across the AGR fleet are likely.
In October 2010 the British Government permitted private suppliers to construct up to eight new nuclear power plants. However theScottish Government, with the backing of the Scottish Parliament, has stated that no new nuclear power stations will be constructed inScotland. In March 2012, E.ON UK and RWE npower announced they would be pulling out of developing new nuclear power plants, placing the future of nuclear power in the UK in doubt. Despite this,EDF Energy is still planning to build four new reactors at two sites, with public consultation completed and initial groundwork beginning on the first two reactors, sited at Hinkley Point in Somerset.  
Of the nine currently operating nuclear plants in the UK, EDF Energy operates eight