Delivering low-carbon electricity
The EDF Group is committed to its programme of producing safe, affordable and reliable low-carbon electricity. The Nuclear New Build business unit helps to deliver this programme in the UK.
Our ambition is to build four new EPRs (nuclear reactors) in the UK, if the right investment framework is in place.
Working with our stakeholders
Our colleagues will bring their engineering excellence, skills and experience in nuclear and large-scale projects to the European pressurised water reactors (EPR) programme. At the same time we will work hard to build on our existing positive and productive relationship with the local communities. We will also build on our existing strong relationships with Government, regulators and other stakeholders in the new nuclear power stations.
The impact of acquiring British Energy
In January 2009, EDF Energy acquired British Energy. As a consequence we now own the fleet of eight nuclear power stations, including Hinkley Point and Sizewell, as well as the land on which British Energy was planning to build new nuclear power stations. All of the company's English sites were nominated by EDF Energy as potential development sites in the Government’s Strategic Siting Assessment process.
Use of land at new nuclear sites
Only part of the land at our nominated sites for new nuclear reactors will be required for the reactors themselves. The remainder will be used for the construction process and much of it will be reinstated afterwards. We are currently undertaking detailed feasibility studies and design work to determine how the land should be developed.
Electricity generated by new nuclear sites
We are planning to build four new nuclear reactors, which will each generate around 1,600 megawatts of electricity. Combined, that is enough for about eight million homes in the UK.
The new nuclear power stations will generate around 1,400 directly employed permanent jobs for more than 60 years, as well as thousands of direct and indirect jobs over the construction period.