Prototype plan

Experts check out Ayrshire for fusion energy plant

Possible location: Ardeer Peninsula

Scientists are in Ayrshire today to conduct a further assessment of its suitability to host a prototype fusion energy plant.

It is Scotland’s only shortlisted location and if successful it could create thousands of jobs.  Other potential sites East Airdrie, North Lanarkshire and Poniel, South Lanarkshire were ruled out.

Experts have arrived at the site on the Ardeer peninsula in North Ayrshire, which was last month named on the list of five UK locations in the running to host the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) plant.

The UK government has so far pledged £222 million to the project which was announced earlier this year.

However, Ayrshire not only as to overcome the four other competing areas, the Scottish government has been resolutely opposed to nuclear power.

While fusion is regarded as “clean” nuclear energy Scottish ministers have offered neither support nor opposition to the project.

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