Cost of Sizewell C put at £20bn in planning documents. The developers had previously suggested the plant could be built for 20% less than Hinkley Point C. This implied a cost of about £18bn. The revelation will reignite a furious debate about large nuclear stations. Some backbench Conservative MPs have concerns about the involvement of the Chinese company, CGN. EDF said the cost of Hinkley of £21.5bn to £22.5bn was based on 2015 prices. The £20bn cost for Sizewell allows for ten years of inflation during construction. Doug Parr said that the industry’s claim that it can make the next nuclear station cheaper was “just never true”.
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EDF has said that its proposed nuclear plant in Suffolk will cost £20 billion, far more than had been anticipated. The French energy giant’s scheme at Sizewell C was accepted for consideration by the planning inspectorate this week. It could start generating electricity in the 2030s and produce enough to supply six million homes. The costs of new nuclear plants are under intense scrutiny after huge increases at other projects, including the Hinkley Point C project EDF is building in Somerset, which is Britain’s first new nuclear plant in a generation. At Hinkley, EDF is liable for the multi-billion pound cost overruns, in return for a subsidy contract guaranteeing it a high fixed price for the electricity it eventually generates. The government is considering a new funding model EDF has proposed for Sizewell under which consumers would start paying for the plant while it is under construction and share in the cost overruns. EDF has said that this will enable it to generate electricity more cheaply.
Times 26th June 2020 read more »
An application to build a new nuclear power station has been accepted for examination by the planning inspectorate. Plans for the Sizewell C plant on the Suffolk coast were put forward by EDF Energy after being mooted 10 years ago. The acceptance means an examining authority will now be appointed to scrutinise the application, with the government having final decision. Stop Sizewell C (SSC) group said it will continue to fight the application. EDF Energy said in a statement: “The decision means the Inspectorate is satisfied that the eight years of public consultation by the project was conducted properly and that full examination of the proposals can now take place.” But Alison Downes from SSC said the “quality of EDF’s consultations failed to provide required information”. She added EDF “had not been transparent in its disclosures of environmental assessment or transport strategy” nor the plant’s impact on the local area.
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EDF has said that its proposed nuclear power plant in Suffolk will cost £20bn, £4bn more than anticipated. The Sizewell C facility was initially said by EDF to cost 20% less than Hinckley Point C in 2018, with a price tag of around £16bn. The new figure was revealed in planning documents filed this week.
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Plans for the Sizewell C nuclear reactor have passed the latest planning hurdle, despite a pending court challenge making its way through the High Court. The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (HCLG) has accepted EDF’s development consent order application for examination. The Planning Inspectorate must now either decide to accept the plans as an adequate application or require more work to be done. If it approves the plans then work will begin to examine them further with documents being made available to the public. A letter sent on behalf of HCLG secretary Robert Jenrick, confirmed that he was satisfied that the application had considered planning laws and environmental impacts. This is despite a High Court challenge currently making its way through the courts to stop the project. A local resident was granted permission to bring his challenge before the court earlier this month. The challenge relates to the proposed works associated with Sizewell C, which opponents claim will ruin a 30ha are of ‘outstanding natural beauty’.
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Local campaigners have said the “battle for the soul and integrity of East Suffolk” has begun after the final proposals for Sizewell C were revealed by energy giant EDF. The detailed plans which set out the next stage of the process have been met with staunch opposition from established campaign groups. Sizewell C took a step closer to fruition after the Planning Inspectorate said on Wednesday the plans were suitable to go to the next stage of the process. Pete Wilkinson, chairman of Together Against Sizewell C, said: “TASC recognises that the acceptance of the Sizewell C planning application marks the beginning of a battle for the soul and integrity of East Suffolk. “The long-term jobs offered will be few compared to what could be generated by a renewables programme – nuclear is notoriously capital- not labour-intensive. “The often quoted 25,000 jobs actually disappear on closer inspection to 25,000 short-term, construction-related job ‘roles’.
Ipswich Star 25th June 2020 read more »
The final proposals for Sizewell C on the Suffolk coast have been revealed by energy giant EDF – and these are the key points. After the Planning Inspectorate said yesterday the plans were suitable to go to the next stage of the process, EDF released a summary of the final plan. This is despite local action groups and Suffolk County Council saying they have serious concerns about the project. Humphrey Cadoux Hudson, Sizewell C Managing Director, announced a series of pledges to the local community. These include investing in local education, employment and skills, transporting 40% of construction materials by rail and sea, ‘respecting’ the Suffolk heritage coast and minimising impact on RSPB Minsmere, National Trust Dunwich Heath and Leiston Abbey, and setting up a Tourism Fund. There would also be a Worker Code of Conduct enforced.
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EDF’s new nuclear project in the UK faces major difficulties. Documents released Thursday reveal that the Sizewell plant could cost 22 billion euros, while diplomatic tensions affect the Chinese partner of the French electrician. EDF persists and signs in the United Kingdom: the French electrician has just officially applied for a building permit for a new nuclear power plant in Sizewell, in the east of England. On Wednesday 24 June, the British authorities gave the green light to study the file. But the two EPR-type reactors that would be built face two enormous difficulties: their cost, and a bulky Chinese partner. On the price to pay, the mountain of public documents which accompanies the request for building permit contains a size confession: “The total estimated cost of the Sizewell C project is 20 billion pounds [22 billion euros]” , explains EDF. This award is a political bomb. Because EDF is already at the heart of the controversy across the Channel. At Hinkley Point C in the west of England, the company is currently building two EPR-type reactors, which are due to be completed by 2025 – even if it expects the project to experience further delays. These alone produce 7% of the electricity consumed in the country. But their cost has swelled considerably: 10 billion pounds mentioned at the start of the project a dozen years ago, then 18 billion when the contract was signed in 2016, and, since September 2019, an envelope revised to a maximum of 22.5 billion pounds.
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