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Sizewell C consultation set for New Year

Words: Huw Morris

A third round of public consultation for a new nuclear power station at Sizewell in Suffolk will be launched in January.

EDF Energy is planning to build Sizewell C as a follow-on project to Hinkley Point C in Somerset, where more than 3,300 people are working on its construction. The company intends to submit a planning application in 2020 as part of a timetable for construction to start in 2021.

The third period of consultation will run until March after which an application will be submitted for a development consent order (DCO).  

EDF Energy says that by being a close copy of Hinkley Point C, Sizewell C could be built at significantly lower costs, although it needed to be built soon after the Somerset scheme to achieve the biggest savings.

“There is an optimal distance between the two projects, which is about five years. Hinkley Point construction started at the end of 2016 and so the best moment to start construction at Sizewell C is at the end of 2021,” said EDF Energy chief executive Simone Rossi. “The further we wait, the lower the construction benefits will be because the supply chain may not be the same and skills could be forgotten.”

If Sizewell C gets the go-ahead, it will provide electricity to six million homes. Rossi said Sizewell C would become an engine for economic growth in the East of England and could generate around 25,000 job opportunities during construction.

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