Sizewell C nuclear power station, thrown into doubt as China ponders pulling out of £20bn project. China is considering pulling out of the Sizewell C nuclear plant in a move that throws the future of the project into doubt. The country’s nuclear agency, China General Nuclear Power (CGN), is planning to duck out of the next phase of the £20billion project, claim industry sources. CGN holds a 20 per cent stake in the Suffolk plant and has spent years developing it with French energy giant EDF. The agency has not revealed how much it has invested in the Sizewell C development phase, though it is estimated to be hundreds of millions. The Government committed to building new nuclear plants in its recent Ten Point Plan, but the industry is hoping for more details to be laid out in the upcoming Energy White Paper. Industry sources said this is due to be published on Monday – but could leave out specific plans for Sizewell C. CGN and EDF declined to comment.
Daily Mail 11th Dec 2020 read more »
Proposed nuclear power station would sabotage Government’s 30 by 30 pledge to nature. This week the Government has announced ‘greater protections for England’s iconic landscapes’ and has promised to designate more Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and “to protect and restore our natural environment and diverse ecosystems.” It comes at a time of increasing concern over EDF’s plans to build a new twin nuclear reactor on the Suffolk coast – Sizewell C – a development which would cut through the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and important wildlife designations. Suffolk Wildlife Trust believes that the proposed development in such a wildlife-rich, fragile location would be catastrophic for UK nature when wildlife declines are so extreme that the Government recently has committed to protect 30% of the UK’s land by 2030 to allow nature to recover. After a decade of assessing the impact, Suffolk Wildlife Trust believes that Sizewell C should not go ahead. The development would be devastating for nature.
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