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Nuclear scientists ready to play for overseas cash

The UK should align its national nuclear research so that it is attractive to international companies who want to improve their own nuclear R&D capabilities, researchers have said.

There has been an increase in international investment in the nuclear industry in the UK in recent months, such as China General Nuclear’s £6-billion investment in the proposed power station at Hinkley Point in October 2015.

Martin Freer, director of the Birmingham Energy Institute, says that the UK needs to position itself to benefit from this interest. “I think there is plenty of room for being strategic; recognising that China will be setting the agenda for the next 40 or 50 years in nuclear power, how do we take best advantage of that?”

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