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Skills missing for nuclear rebuild

NEWS

BRITAIN does not have the skilled workforce to build a new generation of nuclear power plants.

A report by information specialist IBM's energy consultancy division warns: 'There is concern about the future level of competition for a diminishing pool of skills and experienced resources from other activities and projects, including nuclear decommissioning, rail, the oil and gas industry and other major programmes.' In three months prime minister Tony Blair's energy review is widely expected to pave the way for construction of a new generation of nuclear plants.

US and French firms are expected to bid for work. Nuclear analyst John Large said: 'The firms actually developing the new type of reactors will most likely build the new generation of plants.'