16 May 18
Hinkley Point C

Business leaders hear about nuclear boost for region

The nuclear industry offers long term, high value contracts worth billions of pounds, business leaders were told today at an annual East of England Energy Conference.

The EEEGR conference heard how the Sizewell C project is in a unique position to offer the UK competitive electricity being the only ‘second of a kind’ nuclear project in the UK.

Following the construction progress at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, EDF Energy and long term partners CGN, are moving forward with plans to build Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex, giving the region significant long term, large scale business, skills and job opportunities. Sizewell C will use the same EPR technology as Hinkley Point C which is already under construction.

Speaking at the conference at the Norfolk Showground, Jim Crawford, Sizewell C project development director and deputy CEO for Bradwell B, said:

“Sizewell C will be a near replica of Hinkley Point C which means it can be built significantly cheaper.  The supply chain is mature, the connection to the National Grid is in place and the design of the power station technology already approved. 

“Hinkley Point C is delivering major benefits to the South West, with contracts worth £465m already awarded to businesses in the region and over 3,000 people working today on the site.  The same benefits for the economy and people in the East of England could be realised here through Sizewell C and Bradwell B.” 

EDF Energy has completed two out of three stages of public consultation for the Sizewell C project which would be capable of delivering power to 6million homes and offer 5,600 job opportunities at peak construction.  In addition to the joint projects in the UK, EDF and CGN are working on a new nuclear power station in Taishan which will be operational this year using the EPR technology which is being used at Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C.

Industry regulators are going through step two of the four step regulatory process of the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for the UK HPR1000 nuclear technology which is intended to be used at Bradwell. The GDA process will take a number of years to complete but this marks a significant step in the robust and thorough process to seek permission to build a nuclear power station at Bradwell in Essex.  CGN is in the final stages of building a nuclear power station at Fangchenggang (FCG) in China using HPR1000 technology.  This is the reference plant for the UKHPR1000, which is the proposed technology for the Bradwell B project (BRB). 

For more information

Marjorie Barnes
External Communications Manager (East)
(T) 01728 653 378
(M) 07515 295 488
marjorie.barnes@edf-energy.com

About EDF

EDF is helping Britain achieve Net Zero by leading the transition to a cleaner, low emission electric future and tackling climate change. We're Britain’s biggest generator of zero-carbon electricity(1), meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers with electricity and gas.

With around 5 million accounts, EDF is one of the largest suppliers to British homes and businesses and a leading supplier of innovative energy solutions that are helping businesses become more energy independent. All of our home customers get energy tariffs backed by zero-carbon electricity as standard.

We generate low carbon electricity from eight nuclear power stations, more than thirty onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms, and operate one of Britain’s biggest battery storage units, one gas and one coal power station, thousands of EV charge-points, and combined heat and power plants. Wind, nuclear and solar all produce electricity that is zero carbon at the point of generation and have similar emissions over the build, run and retire lifecycles.

EDF is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, and is leading the development of plans for a replica at Sizewell C in Suffolk. Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C will provide low carbon electricity to meet 14% of UK demand and power around 12 million homes. 

EDF is one of the UK’s largest investors in renewables, with 1GW of renewable generation in operation and over 4GW in construction, planning and development across a range of technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar and battery storage. We are constructing our largest offshore wind farm in Britain – the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe project in Scotland which will be ready in 2023.

Our energy services business, Imtech, is one of the largest technical service providers in the UK and Ireland.

EDF is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK we employ around 13,000 people.