Union leaders have called for the Government to end “uncertainty” over plans to build a new nuclear power station in Suffolk in order to secure thousands of jobs. The GMB said reports that ministers are considering alternatives to the involvement of a Chinese company in building the £20billion Sizewell C complex risked the loss of huge numbers of jobs. Funding needs to be in place for the construction phase of the project by the autumn, or the whole scheme is at risk of collapsing, according to the union.
East Anglian Daily Times 30th July 2021 read more »
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If Ministers block China’s involvement, they need to tell us urgently who will pay before vital new nuclear project ahead of autumn deadline.
GMB Press Release 30th July 2021 read more »
MINISTERS must end the uncertainty around the Sizewell C nuclear project or risk it collapsing at the cost of 25,000 jobs, the GMB union warned today. Riding a wave of cold war rhetoric, ministers have threatened to block the involvement in power projects of Chinese companies such as CGN, which forms 20 per cent of the consortium aiming to build the new Suffolk reactor. The company also holds a one-third stake in the Hinkley Point C plant under construction in Somerset, and the union is also demanding that there be no disruption to those works.
Morning Star 30th July 2021 read more »
So much for Rishi Sunak telling his Mansion House audience at the start of this month that “too often, the debate on China lacks nuance”. Allowing China’s state-backed CGN to build nuclear power plants at Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C is already nuanced enough for most people — even before the Hong Kong clampdown, Uyghur-oppressing regime is let loose with its own tech at Bradwell in Essex. If the government’s finally got cold feet over all this, it’s about time. But, given the explosive costs of large nuclear, the debate shouldn’t be over how to replace China on these projects. It’s whether we need Sizewell and Bradwell at all.
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