EDF submits plans for £16bn Sizewell C nuclear power station in UK

WCN Editorial Team 27 May 2020 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

EDF Energy has submitted an application for the Development Consent Order (DCO) to the UK Planning Inspectorate for the proposed £16bn ($21bn) Sizewell C nuclear power station in the UK.

The 3.2GW project is planned to be built on the Suffolk coast, alongside its predecessor nuclear power station Sizewell B, and the Sizewell A nuclear plant that is being decommissioned.

Planned for completion in 2031, the Sizewell C nuclear power plant is expected to create 25,000 jobs and 1,000 apprenticeships during the construction phase.

Upon completion, the Sizewell C project will have the capacity to generate the electricity required to power around six million homes while supporting the expansion of renewable.

Sizewell C managing director Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson said: “Sizewell C is a net-zero infrastructure project ready to kick-start the economy following the Coronavirus crisis.

“It will offer thousands of high-quality job opportunities and long-term employment for people living in Suffolk and it will strengthen the nuclear supply chain across the country.

“On top of the economic benefits, Sizewell C will avoid 9 million tonnes of CO2 being pumped into the atmosphere each year. The project will play a key role in lowering emissions while helping the UK keep control of its low carbon future.”

EDF said that the latest application for the development consent has been delayed for two months due to the Covid 19 pandemic. It follows the completion of four rounds of public consultation which started in 2012.

The Sizewell C project, which would be a near replica of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant that is under construction in Somerset, will create 900 jobs in Suffolk.

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Illustration of the Sizewell C new nuclear power station in Suffolk, UK. (Credit: EDF Energy)

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