Why we need Sizewell C

The recent Committee on Climate Change Report shows how far and fast the UK needs to go to meet the threat of climate change. Its “Net-zero” ambition means completely decarbonising energy and electrifying more of our lives – it means we need to stop burning fossil fuels like coal and gas in the way we do now.

All the replacements need to be low carbon and much of that will be renewables. A large amount of renewables with reliable low carbon nuclear is a good mix to give the UK a secure and affordable electricity supply. Nuclear is a proven technology and it helps the electricity system deal better with periods with too much or too little wind or sun.

Countries like Sweden which have used this combination have decarbonised more effectively than countries which have complimented intermittent renewables with fossil fuels. EDF’s batteries are already playing their part in balancing an electricity grid with increasing amount of renewable power but their expense and size means they are not a solution for long term backup power.

For more new nuclear to be built, the government has been clear that costs must come down – and we agree. New nuclear costs are driven by construction and financing, both can be cheaper in a near-identical second station.

Hinkley Point C in Somerset shows the huge impact of nuclear projects on delivering training, skills and jobs in its region and every part of the UK. We can repeat that at Sizewell C. Climate change is an urgent problem and it is fortunate that the solution will be good news for people, the economy and our long term future on the planet.

An ethical choice for investors

Julia Pyke, Nuclear Development Director at EDF Energy, explains why action on climate change is just one reason that new nuclear is becoming an ethical choice for investors.

Realising the socio-economic benefits

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.

Needed but not at any price

Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, Managing Director of the Sizewell C project, gives his view on the cost challenge following Horizon's decision to suspend work on planned nuclear power stations at Wylfa and Oldbury.

Watch video: Aldhurst Farm heathland and wetland habitat

Sizewell C and the environment

We take our responsibility to the environment very seriously and have already developed Aldhurst Farm Wetland Habitat to mitigate the land required for Sizewell C.

What is Sizewell C?

The proposed Sizewell C site is on the Suffolk coast and it 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.

  1. Sizewell C would provide around 7% of the UK’s electricity, that’s enough for around six million homes

  2. Its two nuclear reactors will be a 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

  3. Sizewell C would create huge economic opportunities in the East of England, providing highly skilled and well paid employment and contracts for local businesses. Hinkley Point C shows what that looks like with half of the 4,000 workers being local and almost 400 apprenticeships created. Many suppliers are local and regional too

  4. Sizewell C would have very low grid connection costs, thanks to existing grid infrastructure already being in place. That will save consumers money

  5. Its enhanced safety systems protect it against all hazards, including earthquakes and flooding whilst its improved efficiency means it uses less uranium than older technology 

Neighbourhood Fund

The Sizewell C Neighbourhood Fund has been established to strengthen links with the local communities around the Sizewell C development site.

Operating power station, Sizewell B, has a long-standing annual community fund of £10,000 which is spread across the year on projects which benefit local people.

The Sizewell C fund also makes £10,000 available for projects that are within a 10-mile radius of the proposed development site. 

The fund is currently closed during the Stage 4 public consultation period, however the fund will re-open again for applications on 1 October 2019.

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Project timeline

  1. Statement of community consultation

  2. Stage 1 consultation

  3. Updated statement of community consultation

  4. Stage 2 consultation

  5. Stage 2 formal feedback

  6. Stage 3 consultation

  7. Review of Stage 3 responses and ongoing assessments

  8. Stage 4 consultation (CURRENT STAGE)

  9. Application submission

  10. Decision

  11. Construction

  12. Operation

Contact us

You can contact the Sizewell C project team by any of the following methods:

Call us on FREEPHONE 0800 197 6102 (Open 9.30am - 5.00pm on weekdays and 9am - 12pm on Saturdays)

Write to us at FREEPOST SZC CONSULTATION (no stamp or further address required).

Visit us at the Sizewell C Information Office, 48-50 High Street, Leiston IP16 4EW.

Email us at info@sizewellc.co.uk

For media enquiries, email media@edfenergy.com.