Another 3,000 people will be employed to work on the construction of Hinkley Point C, the new nuclear power station being built in Somerset. EDF Energy said at its peak up to 8,500 people will be working at the site ahead of a planned opening in June 2026. It announced on Wednesday that the plant’s opening has been delayed and will cost between £22bn and £23bn. The plant is expected to generate power for up to six million homes. That equates to about 7% of the UK’s total electricity demand. EDF had originally predicted that up to 5,600 staff would be working at the site when plans were filed for the power station in 2012.
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Campaigners on both sides of the Bristol Channel have called for a full independent review into proposals to dump mud from the construction of a nuclear power plant in the sea off the coast of Cardiff, following the announcement that a new dumping site off the Somerset coast is also being considered. Despite public opposition, in 2018 the Welsh Government permitted EDF to dump large quantities of mud dredged from construction of the new Hinkley C nuclear power plant at the Cardiff Deep Grounds inshore disposal site. EDF insisted the site- only two miles from Cardiff Bay – was the only suitable site available in the Bristol Channel. Earlier this month EDF announced its intention to apply to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) for a license to dump at Portishead, while also making a further application to dump at the Cardiff site. No reason has been given by EDF for the Portishead proposal. In a joint statement issued with Stop Hinkley and the Geiger Bay campaign, UK & Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities Steering Committee Chair, Councillor David Blackburn said: “NFLA was surprised to hear that EDF are now seeking to look at dumping mud from the Hinkley Point site off the Somerset coast in addition to continuing to look to dump off the south Wales coast.
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