With the Hinkley Point C finally nuclear power plant being given the green light by the UK government, the Chinese firm helping to build the new plant is set to submit a design for another site at Bradwell. The state-owned China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) said it was now “able to move forward and deliver” nuclear capacity at other UK sites, including Bradwell in Essex and Sizewell in Suffolk. The plan for Bradwell is to submit a design for UK regulatory approval soon in a process called generic design approval, which could take four years. The firm will need to get the reactor design and technology approved for use in the UK before building the station, with one-third funding from French energy giant EDF. The announcement confirming that Hinkley is finally to be constructed has raised the ire of some opposition groups. A group opposed to Hinkley, along with Greenpeace, delivered a 300,000-name petition to Downing Street calling for the project to be scrapped, shortly after the go-ahead was announced. John Sauven, Greenpeace executive director, said: “This decision is unlikely to be the grand finale to this summer’s political soap opera. There are still huge outstanding financial, legal and technical obstacles that can’t be brushed under the carpet.”
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Downing Street has given the green light to a new £18bn nuclear power station that could pave the way for a similar controversial complex in a small Essex town. Professor Andy Blowers, chairman of the Blackwater against New Nuclear Group (BANNG) had previously told Essex Live that Bradwell finds itself tied up in a complex web of economic, technical, security and, above all, political issues.
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