A union has called for a new twin nuclear reactor at Sizewell to be given the green light – but campaigners warn it cannot be rushed. Joan Girling, secretary for the Together Against Sizewell C group, said: “EDF’s Sizewell C project cannot go ahead if at all until EDF has completed its very important third round of consultations which is scheduled to finish in 2019. “Consideration for consultees comments then have to be undertaken and at that point EDF will send in its application for development consent order to the Planning Inspectorate, which will forward recommendations to the secretary of state for approval or refusal. So whatever GMB are saying, the process cannot and must not be hurried.” She added: “EDF has much more work to undertake to get to a position where all the difficulties of such a massive undertaking, in a sensitive coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”
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A lot of talk about nuclear power stations in the UK has focused on Hinkley Point C and the Moorside project. Now attention has switched to another new site – but what is Sizewell C? Proposed by EDF Energy – the French energy company majority owned by the state that is also constructing Hinkley Point C – Sizewell C would be the third nuclear plant on the Suffolk coast. The power station plans are still in the second consultation phase – meaning construction of the project has yet to begin. If Sizewell C does go ahead, it will operate alongside Sizewell B – its predecessor nuclear power station located south of the new site – and the Sizewell A plant that is being decommissioned. Today, the energy union GMB pushed for the construction of Sizewell C to move forward after progress stalled – arguing the UK needed five new nuclear power stations to meet growing energy demands. Compelo has taken a look at the capacity of the Sizewell C power station, its expected economic benefits and issues surrounding its funding and construction costs.
Compelo 27th Sept 2018 read more »