The site of a former coal and gas power plant in Nottinghamshire has been selected by the government as the location for a prototype nuclear fusion power station, which could pave the way for a new form of low-carbon power in the UK.

The government announced yesterday that West Burton will host the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA) first fusion power station, which is aiming to start generating zero carbon power for the grid by 2040.

The site includes the West Burton A power station, as well as more than 750 acres of land that surrounds it.

The groups behind the bid welcomed the government’s decision to choose West Burton out of an initial pool of 15 sites that entered bids to host the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) project.

They noted that the plant would benefit from being located in a region which has a heritage in energy

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