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Hinkley Point C explained

Hinkley Point C could mark a significant moment in the revitalisation of the UK’s nuclear power industry.

Should a positive investment decision be made, EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C will be the first in a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK.  Capable of generating 3,260MW, it will sit alongside an operating nuclear power station, and one being decommissioned, on the northern Somerset coast in the south-west of England.

The power station

The main power station development will include:

  • Two UK EPR™ nuclear reactors units
  • Two turbine halls
  • Cooling water infrastructure
  • Fuel and waste management facilities including storage
  • Electricity transmission infrastructure
  • Service and ancillary buildings
  • A sea wall
  • A public information centre
  • Landscaping for the construction land

Associated developments

The Hinkley Point C project also includes some associated developments in the surrounding area. The main associated developments are an accommodation campus next to the main site and two accommodation campuses in Bridgwater for construction workers; four park and ride facilities to transport workers by bus to the Hinkley Point C development site; a temporary jetty and refurbished wharf to deliver as much heavy equipment and material as possible by sea to reduce pressure on roads; a bypass to the west of the nearby village of Cannington and a series of highway improvement schemes across the local road network.

Realising local benefits

Subject to EDF’s final investment decision, the construction of Hinkley Point C will deliver 5,000 jobs for Somerset people, as well as creating a new generation of skilled engineers and business opportunities for local firms. In operation Hinkley Point C will require 900 permanent staff. The power station is expected to generate £100m a year for the regional economy during peak construction and £40m a year during the 60-year operation.