UK nuclear builders say unfazed by Fukushima delays via Reuters

Investors in new nuclear plants in Britain are determined to push ahead with projects despite regulatory delays and potential increases in costs due to Japan’s Fukushima crisis, developers said on Thursday.

“Fukushima caused everyone to take a step back and reflect on what it means, (but) our ambitions remain. We haven’t changed any of our plans,” said Alan Raymant, chief operating officer of Horizon, a joint venture between German rivals E.ON and RWE which aims to build up to 6 gigawatts (GW) of nuclear plant capacity in Britain.

The Japanese nuclear disaster in March caused a delay in Britain’s approval process for new types of nuclear reactors as the regulator took time to assess the impact of the incident on the UK nuclear industry.

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