Britain has committed to eliminating harmful carbon emissions by 2050. This goal is referred to as ‘Net Zero’. To achieve it we need to stop using polluting fossil fuels, such as coal and gas, while increasing generation from renewables and nuclear. Sizewell C would provide dependable baseload electricity which, along with renewables such as wind and solar energy, will support the growth of the future low carbon economy and reduce the need for imported generation. 

After years of public consultation, the planning application for Sizewell C has been accepted for examination by the UK’s Planning Inspectorate. During four stages of formal public consultation between 2012 and 2019 we engaged with over 10,000 local people and community groups who have helped shape the plans we submitted.

Sizewell C will be an almost identical replica of Hinkley Point C in Somerset, a project which has already smashed its target of spending £1.5 billion with businesses in the South West, five years ahead of schedule.

The two reactors at Sizewell C will be capable of generating enough low carbon electricity to supply over six million homes, while avoiding around nine million tonnes of carbon emissions every year of operation, whatever the weather.*

*Compared to a gas-fired power station

SIZEWELL C IS A PROPOSED NEW NUCLEAR POWER STATION THAT WILL BE BUILT ON THE SUFFOLK COAST

IT WILL SUPPLY POWER TO 6 MILLION HOMES AND GENERATE ELECTRICITY FOR 60 YEARS

SIZEWELL C COULD SAVE NINE MILLION TONNES OF CARBON EMISSIONS FOR EACH YEAR OF OPERATION COMPARED TO A GAS-FIRED POWER STATION

IT WILL TAKE 9-12 YEARS TO BUILD AND SUPPORT 900 PERMANENT JOBS

THE PROJECT AIMS TO SPEND UP TO 70% OF THE CONSTRUCTION VALUE IN THE UK AND IT WILL SUPPORT OVER 2,500 BUSINESSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE SIZEWELL C HOLDING COMPANY COULD BE MAJORITY OWNED BY BRITISH INVESTORS

25,000 JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND 1,000 APPRENTICES WILL BE CREATED DURING THE STATION'S CONSTRUCTION, AND SIZEWELL C WILL BE PART OF AN INDUSTRY WHICH SUPPORTS 160,000 JOBS, DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY

Sizewell C will provide thousands of British jobs

After construction, 900 highly skilled staff will operate Sizewell C. At least £125 million per year will enter the local economy during construction and £40 million per year during the 60 years of operation.

3,000 UK companies, including nearly 700 East Anglian firms, built Sizewell B during the 1980s and up to 1995. We want to continue the tradition of British companies, especially those from the East of England, winning contracts to work on the construction of our next new power station, Sizewell C.

Over 1,400 East Anglian companies are registered on the Sizewell C online supply chain portal: www.sizewellcsupplychain.co.uk

The portal is a product of the partnership between Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and EDF. When invitations to tender for contracts are announced, this is the place where they are posted. The Chamber has a team dedicated to preparing East Anglian companies for opportunities at Sizewell C.

This means more jobs and opportunities for local people to train, learn new skills and develop a sustainable career. Our priority is helping local communities get ready for the opportunities from Sizewell C. Many people who responded to our consultations stated that young people must have access to the benefits the project will create. As a result, we are stepping up our work with local education and training providers.

Why we need Sizewell C

The 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.

Project timeline

  1. Statement of community consultation
  2. Stage 1 consultation
  3. Updated statement of community consultation
  4. Stage 2 consultation
  5. Stage 3 consultation
  6. Stage 4 consultation 
  7. Review of Stage 4 responses 
  8. Application submission (CURRENT STAGE)
  9. Decision
  10. Construction
  11. Operation

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