This weekend the BBC reported that the Government was close to reaching a deal with EDF to construct a new nuclear power station at Sizewell in Suffolk. Sizewell C is expected to be a carbon-copy of the plant under construction at Hinkley Point, and will help fill the gap left as Britain’s existing nukes retire. Just three years ago the National Audit Office delivered a stinging rebuke of the deal with EDF for Hinkley Point C, saying it has ‘locked consumers into a risky and expensive project with uncertain strategic and economic benefits’; that efforts to ensure value for money had been overlooked; and that there remained a risk that the developer would come cap-in-hand for more cash before the project was finished, at which point the Government would not be in the strongest position to say no. Based on current reports, it seems that one of the major failures from Hinkley – that the deal was concluded bilaterally, behind closed doors, and with no downward pressure on costs through competition – is being repeated. And it is hard to see how the Government has let itself be backed into this corner, allowing EDF to present itself as ‘the only option’ for the new nuclear it is no doubt saying is essential to reach net zero. Sizewell has even received public backing from those usually in favour of a small state and as little Government intervention as possible, a position miles away from what is seemingly imminent.
ECIU 2nd Nov 2020 read more »
Let’s be clear, the government hasn’t made a decision, they have made an announcement about a future decision. When that happened a long time ago with the original nuclear power station at Sizewell, it was eight years between the announcement and the decision, and then another eight years before it produced any electricity. The same with Hinkley, there were six years between the announcement that the government wanted to do it, and actually making the decision to go ahead. If the government does go ahead it will put up electricity consumer’s bills because they will have to pay twice. They will have to pay to build the station, and then they will have to pay again for the more expensive electricity that will be produced by Sizewell. Which is much more expensive than the renewable electricity that will be available. This plant and others like it are not needed in order to meet the net-zero by 2050 commitment. There are an enormous number of energy experts who say that we can get there using renewables and storage. We don’t need new nuclear. It’s not going to help us with getting to net-zero, because net-zero by 2050 means that we have to get fossil fuels out of the power sector by 2040. I believe that we can have one hundred percent of our power generation through renewables by 2050 and so do lots of other people. We don’t need new nuclear power stations which actually will squeeze out the investment we need to meet the challenge of needing to get on with it, and getting on with it fast. The really important thing is to make the right choices. Governments of either party over the whole of this decade have been pretty bad at reading the future, and have made a lot of the wrong choices in the past, so we shouldn’t have any confidence that they will get this one right.
Tom Burke 31st Oct 2020 read more »
More than 50 representatives of companies across Suffolk, Norfolk and the wider region were given a chance to show how they could be a part of the Sizewell C project at an online event for would-be suppliers. Firms demonstrated their capability to play an active role in the construction of the new nuclear plant planned for Leiston at a virtual “Meet the Buyer” event organised by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. They met with key members of the Sizewell C Civil Works Alliance, which will be responsible for building Sizewell C Power Station. Companies interested in early enabling developments heard from Steve Carroll, senior supply chain lead at Sizewell C and Ian Watkins, delivery director for the Civil Works Alliance.
Eastern Daily Press 3rd Nov 2020 read more »
TRADE UNIONS have welcomed reports that the government will give the go-ahead next week to a new nuclear power station in Suffolk. The plans for Sizewell will cost £18 billion and will supply 7 per cent of Britain’s electricity when completed. GMB London energy officer Gary Pearce said: “It will generate reliable zero-carbon emissions electricity for many decades. It will create jobs in a local content supply chain. “It is essential if the UK is to stand any chance of meeting the net zero-carbon emissions target by 2050.”
Morning Star 2nd Nov 2020 read more »
The UK government is close to approving Sizewell C, the 3.2 GW EPR nuclear power station project proposed by EDF Energy in Suffolk, England, the BBC reported late Oct. 30. An application to build the GBP20 billion ($25.75 billion) plant was accepted for examination by the UK’s Planning Inspectorate on June 24. Approval of a Development Consent Order by the government is expected in a 10-point plan to be published in the coming days ahead of the Energy White Paper in late November, the BBC said.
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A new welder training centre is set to be launched in East Anglia – if the Sizewell C nuclear power plant gets the go-ahead.
Ipswich Star 3rd Nov 2020 read more »
Uranium enrichment company Urenco has joined a consortium of businesses and organisations from across the UK nuclear supply chain calling on the government to move forward with plans for the planned Sizewell C nuclear power plant in Suffolk. The consortium will be managed by EDF Energy, making the case for Sizewell C and the need for nuclear in the UK’s energy mix. This aligns with Urenco’s vision of making a valuable contribution to zero carbon electricity generation around the world, the company noted. The Sizewell C project is ready to kick-start the UK’s green economic recovery with 70% of Sizewell C’s construction value going to UK companies, and providing opportunities for high quality jobs and apprenticeships, said Urenco.
Nuclear Engineering International 2nd Nov 2020 read more »
Sizewell C: What Happens Next. Details of the Preliminary Meeting will be announced here shortly. The Examining Authority will carry out an Initial Assessment of Principal Issues derived from its reading of the application and the Relevant Representations received and set a date for the Preliminary Meeting. Interested Parties will receive an invitation to the Preliminary Meeting which is to discuss procedural matters only, and is held in public. It is not essential to attend the Preliminary Meeting. Whether or not an Interested Party chooses to attend the Preliminary Meeting, they will still be sent details of how to further take part in the Examination.
National Infrastructure Planning (accessed) 3rd Nov 2020 read more »