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Third Sizewell C consultation period begins

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A new public consultation on plans for a new nuclear power station at Sizewell C in Suffolk is starting its third round today.  

Consultation on the EDF and China General Nuclear (CGN) project will run for 12 weeks, ending on 29 March 2019.

This is the final round of public consultation before the final application for a development consent order is submitted. Stage 2 Consultation on the proposals for a new nuclear power station at Sizewell began on 23 November 2016 and ran until 3 February 2017.

The plans presented will include infrastructure developments needed to enable construction, including new park and ride sites and various options for road and rail improvements.   

Exhibitions will also be held in schools and colleges to talk about the positive impact the project will have on skills in the region.  

Sizewell C project development director Jim Crawford said the project will bring significant benefits to the whole region.  

“Sizewell C will bring significant benefit to the East of England – jobs, education and skills development, as well as opportunities for local businesses,” he said.  

“Our sister project in Somerset, Hinkley Point C, is already delivering, with government figures showing South West companies winning contracts worth more than £1.3bn. By working innovatively with local Somerset firms to ensure they can bid for big contracts, we have already spent £650M in the region. We want to deliver the same benefits for the East of England.” 

EDF and CGN have said that Sizewell C can be cost-effective project by effectively replicating the plant they are currently constructing at Hinkley Point C, cutting construction costs by 20% compared to the £19.6bn Hinkley project. 

Speaking at the Nuclear Industry Association conference in London, EDF non-executive chairman Colin Matthews said that it was important to keep the supply chain currently supporting Hinkley Point C active and ready to take on work for the new plant at Sizewell C.  

“A few decades ago after the last nuclear new build, the supply chain was starved of work,” he said.  

“What if this time [For Sizewell C], we do it differently? Having built Hinkley Point C, we were to reuse and develop our supply chain further and take on new work?”  

Sizewell C will include two EPR reactors and be capable of generating 3,260MW of low carbon electricity, enough to power around six million homes. 

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