Leading nuclear supply chain companies have warned that scrapping plans for Sizewell C could cost around 10,000 specialist construction and engineering jobs. New data – based on assessments by contractors supporting nuclear in the UK – shows that failure to approve the proposed nuclear power station could put a quarter to a third of jobs at risk in some firms. EDF’s DCO application to build Sizewell C has been hit by delays this year due to Covid-19 restrictions and legal challenges. The nuclear power plant would provide a multi-billion pound economic stimulus for Britain, creating 25,000 job opportunities and 1,500 apprenticeships across the East of England and the wider UK. British-based firms will deliver 70% of contracts during the construction phase. These jobs are vital if the UK is to maintain the capability to construct new nuclear projects, including emerging technologies such as Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), Advanced Modular Reactors (AMRs) and energy from hydrogen.
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