The proposed Sizewell C site is on the Suffolk coast and sits alongside an operating EDF Energy nuclear power station and one which has been retired from service. Should we receive the necessary consents it will be the second nuclear station built in the UK using EPR technology. Sizewell C would provide around 7% of the electricity, that’s enough for around six million homes.
Its two nuclear reactors will be near identical copy of Hinkley point C in Somerset. this makes it cheaper to build and finance and cost competitive with other low carbon technologies -its design is already approved and equipment has already passed stringent nuclear safety qualification tests.
Sizewell C would create huge economic opportunities in the East of England, providing highly skilled and well paid employment and contracts for local businesses.
A report into Hinkley Point C shows that 1,700 people are already employed locally – just two years into construction and that more than 430 apprenticeships have already been created.
As well as tackling climate change by providing decades of reliable, low carbon electricity, Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C will provide lasting social and business benefits. These range from increasing local employment, to the development of a sustainable regional supply chain and the advancement of new training facilities and qualifications.
Sizewell C and the Environment
Sizewell C takes its responsibilities to the environment and local communities seriously. We have a good track record of looking after nature around our operating power station at Sizewell B and have been awarded The Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark in recognition of conservation work on the Sizewell estate. We have already developed Aldhurst Farm Wetland Habitat Creation scheme to mitigate the land required for Sizewell C. The 67 hectare site includes 6 hectares of wet reed habitat and extensive reedbeds and interconnecting ditch habitat and heathland.