The out-going UK head of energy group EDF still expects the group’s planned Sizewell C power station to be generating electricity by 2031 – despite continuing controversy over the price of nuclear power. His comments, described as “thoughts, hopes and expectations”, are largely in line with current predictions. EDF has set no firm timeline for the construction of Sizewell C but there has been talk of improvements to the A12 being completed in time for a 10-year construction phase to begin in 2021. However, in comments quoted in The Times, Mr de Rivaz acknowledges that EDF will have to agree a significantly cheaper “strike price” in respect of the energy produced by Sizewell C compared with the deal already secured for Hinkley Point C. He also said that he “strongly hopes” that a new nuclear plant at Bradwell in Essex, which forms part of a funding deal between EDF and the China General Nuclear Power Group, will be generating electricity by 2033.
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