One of the country's leading energy suppliersEDF has announced plans to team up with engineering firm Rolls Royce in reviving the UK's nuclear energy sector.
The energy company has commissioned Rolls Royce to develop four new reactors in Sizewell, Suffolk, and Hinkley Point in Somerset, with the first of the facilities set to be useable by 2017.
"As a country we face a significant energy challenge to keep the lights on, tackle climate change and maintain affordable prices," commented Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, managing director of EDF's nuclear new build business.
He went on to say that EDF thinks it can meet the challenge by utilising energy efficiency and harvesting electricity from a range of sources, including nuclear and renewable power.
The plans could see energy suppliers offer more competitive deals for consumers as nuclear power becomes more mainstream.
Earlier this year, Rolls-Royce announced it is to build a factory for the manufacture, assembly and testing of parts for nuclear power facilities.
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