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01/06/2020

Sizewell C application submitted after two-month Covid-19 delay

Words: Huw Morris
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EDF Energy has applied for a development consent order (DCO) to build the Sizewell C nuclear power station in Suffolk after a two-month delay owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

EDF Energy said it would introduce extra measures to make it easier for local communities to scrutinise the DCO application, including extending the pre-examination period to allow more time for interested parties to register with the Planning Inspectorate.

The scheme aims to generate enough energy to keep nearly six million homes powered with low-carbon electricity.

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

“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 nine 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 Energy added that Sizewell C’s design would be “a near replica” to Hinkley Point C in Somerset. The project is expected to provide jobs for 25,000 people and 1,000 apprenticeships during its construction.

Around 70 per cent of the construction value of the scheme is expected to benefit UK companies and, once operational, the project could generate 900 high-skilled jobs in Suffolk.

The decision letter and all documents relating to the development can be found here. 

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