Two Nottingham sites make last 15 to host world’s first fusion energy plant

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Two Nottingham sites have made it through to the last 15 of potential locations for what could be the world’s first prototype fusion energy plant.

Nottinghamshire County Council and its partners say the West Burton A power station site, near Retford in the north of the county, and the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station site, in the south, both remain in the running.

Some £220 million of government cash is going into finding an appropriate site for the Government’s Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production – or STEP – project, to meet the UK’s carbon-zero targets, with the prototype fusion plant potentially operational by 2040.

Ratcliffe on Soar power station, a few miles east of East Midlands Airport, is owned by Uniper and is scheduled to close in 2025.

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