Opponents of Sizewell C have criticised a report claiming the power project will bring a £2billion boost to Suffolk as “smoke and mirrors” – but council chiefs have welcomed the findings. Commissioned by the Sizewell C Consortium, a group of 200-plus businesses and organisations supporting the proposed nuclear power station, the report was written by Ernst and Young after speaking to supply chain and key businesses in the region. The report said the decade-long construction period would bring an investment of £4.4bn in the East of England, of which around £2bn would be in Suffolk, along with tens of thousands of new jobs. Campaign group Stop Sizewell C said: “This report uses smoke and mirrors. It massively overstates construction period jobs by counting them by the year so, over a 10-year build, the number is only 10% of those claimed. “Over three quarters of EDF’s construction workforce – around 6,000 – would be imported from outside East Anglia. EDF’s management has made no secret of its ‘ambition’ to bring skilled workers from its Hinkley site to Suffolk. “The report uses gross spend rather than any net ‘benefit’ to Suffolk. “If a £20billion project is going to dominate the area for a decade you would expect a proportion to be spent locally, but 10% seems very bad value for money. “The report also ignores the many negative economic impacts on East Suffolk’s thriving SME-based local business community, such as traffic congestion, displacement of workers, and loss of customers – not least in tourism.”
East Anglian Daily Times 25th March 2021 read more »
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed on EDF’s Sizewell C nuclear power plant by more than 200 organisations, which have collectively pledged £4.4bn of investment around the project. The MoU has been signed on behalf of all 200+ members of the Sizewell C Consortium, including Mace Group, Mott Macdonald, Laing O’Rourke, Jacobs, BAM Nuttall , Kier and Osprey Group. Beyond the private sector, the Consortium includes NGOs, campaign groups, trade unions and education providers. Counter signing are trade bodies including the CBI, businesses outside of the Consortium such as Vestas and a string of MPs representing constituencies in the East of England. The MoU outlines how the proposed power plant would attract up to £4.4bn of investment from members of the Consortium – £2bn of which would go directly to Suffolk. It explains that this level of investment would support 35,000 in Suffolk and a further 37,000 across the nuclear value chain in the East of England more widely. These figures are based on the fact that this year’s Budget was used to give ‘Freeport’ status to Suffolk – a move designed to make investment more attractive and speed up the planning process.
Edie 24th March 2021 read more »
The proposed Sizewell C (SZC) nuclear power project could lead to an investment of GBP4.4 billion (USD6.0 billion) in the East of England, according to a Memorandum of Understanding announced today by the Sizewell C Consortium, which represents more than 200 UK-based companies and organisations.
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