An application has been submitted to build a new nuclear power station capable of powering six million homes. EDF Energy has put in plans for the Sizewell C plant on the Suffolk coast, first proposed more than a decade ago. Alison Downes, of Stop Sizewell C, said the project would “suck vital funds” away from other technologies. Managing director of the Sizewell C project, Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, said it would “kick-start the economy following the coronavirus crisis”. He said the 3.2GW plant would generate enough “always-on” low-carbon electricity to power six million homes, creating 25,000 jobs and 1,000 apprenticeships during construction. EDF Energy added the scheme would reduce the need for imported energy.
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From about 6.15. Alison Downes “Sizewell C is a massive project – too big for the site available and too big for the area to deliver with huge problems associated with construction and environmental impact and we don’t think it’s appropriate to build a project like this in a protected landscape without cast iron justification. The heritage coast in Suffolk has an AONB, manty protected landscapes and an internationally famous RSPB reserve.” Nick Butler – EDF wants to replicate whet they are trying to do at Hinkley but it is a mistake to push ahead until they have shown that the EPR reactor can actually work. It is not working in France, it’s not working in Finland and it is well behind schedule in all cases including Hinkley. It is the most expensive way of achieving zero carbon. There are other options. It is not clear now how much electricity we will use. We should wait to see the technology proven before going ahead. There is a great build up now at much lower cost of offshore wind, and there are great advances coming in storage technology. I don’t think the case for this is at all proven. The other aspect of this that is extremely challenging is the involvement of the Chinese. We are allowing them to start building our key national infrastructure. We could advance smaller nuclear reactors as an alternative. The local protest is very strong – much stronger than at Hinkley and it will have a serious impact on this inquiry that is now going to begin.
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New Sizewell C nuclear power station poses threat to rare birds, says National Trust. A new nuclear power station planned for the Suffolk coast would threaten rare wildlife on protected heathland, according to the National Trust. It has condemned EDF’s application, expected to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate tomorrow, to build twin reactors at Sizewell in a project that the French state-controlled company says would supply enough low carbon electricity for six million homes, or 7 per cent of UK power. The trust owns Dunwich Heath, 140 acres of lowland heathland that is one of Britain’s rarest habitats and is home to a breeding population of endangered stone curlews. It has written to the leaders of East Suffolk council and Suffolk county council to raise concerns about the proposed £18 billion plant, which EDF would build with the Chinese nuclear power company China General Nuclear (CGN). Stop Sizewell C, a local campaign group, said the power stations “would be an expensive bridge to nowhere: it will suck vital funds away from the technologies and projects that are more capable of truly transforming our energy landscape”. Last month a group of celebrities with homes in the area or links to it, including the actors Bill Nighy and David Morrissey and the painter Maggi Hambling, called on the government to step in to delay consideration of the proposal until the coronavirus restrictions were lifted. Mr Nighy, who used to live in Theberton with his former partner, the actress Diana Quick, said: “It is beyond belief that EDF is pressing forward during these terrible and uncertain times with a project so misguided, and which even the government’s own advisers find deeply concerning. “If Sizewell C is allowed to go ahead we will be left with an outdated form of energy that will not fit to any degree in our new world, and this internationally famous environment will be desecrated. This is a time to protect our ecosystems, not shatter them.”
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EDF has this morning submitted an application to build the new Sizewell C nuclear power plant on the Suffolk coast to the Planning Inspectorate. The plant, which the French firm is developing in partnership with China’s state-owned nuclear company CGN, will be a near replica of Hinkley Point C in Somerset. The Stop Sizewell C campaign group has hit out at the project’s developers for “riding roughshod” over the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, claiming local residents will not be able to participate fully in the planning process. Alison Downes, a spokesperson for the group, said: “With restrictions set to last many months there cannot be full public participation in the planning process – even the Planning Inspectorate does not yet know how it could work”
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It follows four controversial stages of public consultation since 2012 and will begin with a 28-day period for the inspector to assess the application before documents are made available for public examination – probably not until autumn – ahead of a final decision being taken by the government. Opposition group Stop Sizewell C accused EDF of “riding roughshod over lockdown”, with spokeswoman Alison Downes calling on the inspectorate to reject the application on the basis of what MP Dan Poulter described as EDF’s “unacceptable” lack of engagement with local communities following the end of consultation. The group accused EDF of ignoring appeals to delay submitting a DCO application for the plant, which it said was too big for the site and surrounded by internationally-protected habitats, including the Minsmere nature reserve. Paul Collins, of Stop Sizewell C and the Minsmere Levels Stakeholder Group, said: “It will be at least 15 years before Sizewell C is carbon neutral, and the unsuitability and sensitivity of the site makes any argument in favour of construction to help economic recovery frankly insulting.” The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership said EDF had not properly assessed the impact on the national landscape and the environment. Simon Amstutz, manager at the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), said the partnership’s concerns included the impact of the new buildings, proposed new pylons and roads.
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French utility EDF has submitted an application to Britain’s regulators to build the 17-18 billion pound Sizewell C nuclear plant in the east of England, it said on Wednesday. EDF hopes to fund the project using a structure that would allow the company to be paid during the construction phase, cutting the development risk and allowing it to secure cheaper financing. Proponents say this type of financing, previously used in Britain to finance infrastructure assets such as water and electricity networks, would ultimately lower the cost for consumers. However, critics say it will leave taxpayers liable for any cost over-runs and delays. China’s CGN, which has a 33.5% stake in Hinkley C also has a 20% stake in the development phase of Sizewell C.
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The planning process is likely to take 18 months to complete and the government will make the final decision on whether to give the green light to the scheme.
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The Stop Sizewell C campaign group which opposes the scheme warns it is costly, diverts investment from other green energy sources such as renewables and would damage tourism and nature in the area. Alison Downes, of Stop Sizewell C, also criticised the move to submit the application during lockdown. She said: “With restrictions set to last many months, there cannot be full public participation in the planning process – even the Planning Inspectorate does not yet know how it could work. “Sizewell C would be an expensive bridge to nowhere: it will suck vital funds away from the technologies and projects that are more capable of truly transforming our energy landscape.”
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Electricite de France SA’s ambition to be a superpower in nuclear plant construction is now a step closer with its 16 billion-pound ($20 billion) Sizewell C station in Britain moving to the next stage of the construction process. The so-called Development Consent Order marks the end of eight years of preparation by EDF and will now be considered by the U.K. authorities. The next step is obtaining planning permission, and the French company could receive a final investment decision from the government by November 2021. Sizewell would be the second new nuclear station to be built by EDF in Britain and will also create as many as 25,000 jobs.
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Sizewell C nuclear plant will help kick-start post-pandemic economy, says EDF. Campaigners criticise the application, arguing COVID-19 restrictions will curb public participation in the planning process.
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The Stop Sizewell C campaign group which opposes the scheme warns it is costly, diverts investment from other green energy sources such as renewables and would damage tourism and nature in the area. Alison Downes, of Stop Sizewell C, also criticised the move to submit the application during lockdown. “With restrictions set to last many months, there cannot be full public> participation in the planning process – even the Planning Inspectorate does not yet know how it could work.” “Sizewell C would be an expensive bridge to nowhere: it will suck vital funds away from the technologies and projects that are more capable of truly transforming our energy landscape.”
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However, significant concerns surround the high costs associated with new nuclear power, particularly in the wake of the controversial Hinkley Point C project in Somerset, which has soared £2.9bn over budget so far and is running 15 months behind schedule. EDF said Sizewell C would use the same design as Hinkely Point C, and would therefore benefit from “significantly reduced construction costs and lower risk”. Financing could also help reduce costs even further, it added. Chinese state-owned firm CGN also holds a 20 per cent stake in the development phase of Sizewell C. The same company also holds a 33 per cent stake in Hinkley Point C. But many green groups argue renewable power sources coupled with battery storage and grid flexibility technologies offer a far cheaper and more reliable, zero carbon source of electricity for the UK grid. A report last year by think tank ECIU argued the UK should look to scale up wind and solar rather than nuclear energy capacity going forward. Greenpeace UK chief scientist Doug Parr said EDF’s decision to push for new nuclear power in the face of “cheaper, safer, faster and far more popular alternatives” being pursued elsewhere in the world was “difficult to explain”. “For half a century Britain was overly-optimistic about the technology, but we don’t have to keep making the same mistake,” he said. “All it would take to knock billions off our future energy bills is for the government to admit they are backing the wrong horse. Energy technologies and economics have changed enormously over the past five years, and energy policy needs to change with them.”
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Application for Development Consent Order (DCO) submitted to Planning Inspectorate. Construction will create 25,000 employment opportunities and 1,000 apprenticeships; New nuclear power station will bring huge economic boost to the East of England and strengthen the UK supply chain following the Coronavirus pandemic; Up to 70% of construction value will go to UK companies and the project will aim to be majority owned by UK investors; Low carbon nuclear power will support more renewables and will help the UK keep control of transition to ‘net zero’ emissions; The application to build Sizewell C, a new nuclear power station in Suffolk, has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.
EDF Energy 27th May 2020 read more »
EDF has filed an application with the British authorities for authorization to build two EPR nuclear reactors at Sizewell C, a site estimated at 17 to 18 billion pounds (19 to 20 billion euros) in the is from England, the French group announced on Wednesday. This request was expected in March but was delayed due to the epidemic caused by the new coronavirus. Sizewell C is the second nuclear power plant that EDF hopes to build in Great Britain after Hinkley Point, the construction of which should be completed in 2025. If it sees the light of day, it will provide electricity to around six million homes and create 25,000 jobs, says EDF. Some residents of the region, however, complain that the filing of this request comes while travel restrictions are still in force in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic, which will limit the possibility of public debate. EDF has announced that it will take measures to facilitate the study of its file by the public, in particular by extending the pre-examination period. EDF and the Chinese CGN signed in 2016, together with the contracts for the Hinkley Point project, agreements relating to the Sizewell C project concerning the development, construction and operation of two EPR reactors for a total capacity of 3.2 gigawatts.
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