Washington and London wish to lead the world in advanced atomic technology
FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past gas centrifuges for uranium isotope separation at the Ural Electrochemical Integrated Plant in Novouralsk, Russia, December 12, 2019 © Sputnik / Pavel Lisitsyn
The US and the UK will launch a joint committee to develop a strategy for creating advanced nuclear reactors by 2030, President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced on Thursday. The initiative is part of the Anglo-American economic partnership.
Sunak, who is visiting Washington, said the new “civil nuclear partnership” aims to “support the critical clean energy industry, our net zero ambitions and to keep Russia out of the global civil nuclear power market.”
The White House offered more details in a press release about the New Atlantic Declaration.
In practice, the partnership will involve the establishment of the Joint Action Group on Energy Security and Affordability (JAG), which will “set near-term priorities for joint action to encourage the establishment of new infrastructure and end-to-end fuel cycle capabilities by 2030 in both continents, and substantially minimize reliance on Russian fuel, supplies, and services.”