Severn Edge site in South Gloucestershire in line for next generation of nuclear technology as the UK Govt unveils Civil Nuclear Roadmap

Land near Oldbury Power Station in South Gloucestershire has been identified as a site which could play a significant role in the UK’s ambitions for new nuclear energy as set out in the new Civil Nuclear Roadmap unveiled by the UK Government today.

The Roadmap sets out how the UK will increase nuclear generation by up to 4 times to 24GW by 2050 which the government has described as “the biggest expansion of nuclear power for 70 years”. It also marks the next step in a siting process to find the best location to set up new technologies such as Small Modular Reactors (SMR) reactors which have the potential to power up to 1 million homes with low carbon electricity.

Oldbury represents the prime site for new nuclear deployment within the Western Gateway’s Severn Edge project to develop a low carbon energy park to create green jobs, new skills opportunities, and clean energy for the area in partnership with local authorities, landowners and local colleges.

Also included in the Severn Edge project is a nearby site in Berkeley which could play a pivotal role in addressing the need for future nuclear skills with an existing University Technical College operated by SGS Colleges, and a Science & Technology Park which is the subject of an exciting set of investment propositions further to a recent call for interest from the College.

Severn Edge is just one part of the wider work the Western Gateway is doing to create growth and reach net zero as the Pan-Regional Partnership for South Wales and Western England.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Vice Chair for the Western Gateway and Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It is no surprise to see our Severn Edge sites getting recognition in this latest announcement for the development of the next generation of nuclear technology in the UK. Our sites in Oldbury and Berkeley provide a unique opportunity for speedy delivery, access to top quality expertise and supportive communities.

“In Berkeley, our heritage as one of the UK’s first civil nuclear power plants, means our communities have long understood the potential of nuclear energy. SGS College Science & Technology Park in Berkeley which offers prime research & development and laboratory space alongside a high-performing engineering and cyber college.”

Cllr Claire Young, Western Gateway Board Member and Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “It’s great to see Oldbury is still a serious contender in the Government’s plans for future energy infrastructure. We want to ensure the best outcome for both these sites to bring in new investment which can lead to exciting new jobs, learning and low carbon energy.

“Oldbury has long been ear-marked for nuclear development and by working with Berkeley through the Western Gateway, we have a chance to use the best of our wider area to secure this opportunity for our community. I look forward to the ongoing siting process and to continuing to champion our area’s incredible potential.”