Response to Failure: Two Governments Decide
By 1972 it was plain to most participants and close observers, although not perhaps to the general public, that Britain’s attempt to establish a nuclear power plant industry had collapsed. There were no exports, no new home orders. The AGR, in any practical sense, was a failure. The CEGB was in no hurry to order more nuclear plants, found it hard to decide what to order, and finally decided it would like to order PWRs designed in the United States. The consortia could not survive with no remunerative business in competitive reactors, and no prospects of such business. The AEA showed no signs of passing out: being financed by the Government it could not fail. It was no longer plausible to pretend that Britain was leading in developing the HTR. Nor could more now be claimed in respect of the FBR than that Britain was on a level with France. Its commercial viability was moreover now seen, despite decades of promises, to be still remote.
KeywordsNuclear Plant Competitive Reactor Select Committee Commercial Viability Party Group
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