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).
EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.
It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and two coal power stations, as well as with combined heat and power plants.
EDF Energy is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. This will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy, British industry, as well as boosting skills and education. EDF Energy also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables and battery storage. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.
The company provides gas and electricity for more than 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses. It offers innovative energy systems for commercial customers and digital innovation for customers at home. EDF Energy has also launched its own innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, which focuses on making customers’ lives easier.
The Better Plan is EDF Energy's framework for being a sustainable and responsible energy business and is an integral part of EDF's 2030 vision to be the efficient, responsible electricity company, and champion of low-carbon growth. The Better Plan is underpinned by comprehensive environmental and social programmes which have been recognised by a wide range of organisations.
EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.
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