BBC: U.K. government may be close to greenlighting Sizewell C

November 3, 2020, 3:03PMANS Nuclear Cafe

Artist’s rendering of the Sizewell site, with Sizewell C at right. Image: EDF Energy

A BBC News story from late last week states that the U.K. government “is close to giving the green light” to EDF Energy’s proposed Sizewell C nuclear new build project in Suffolk, adding that details surrounding the project’s financing “are still being hammered out.”

The Sizewell C station, consisting of twin European pressurized reactors (EPRs), would be built next to Sizewell B, a 1,198-MWe pressurized water reactor that began operation in 1995. (The Sizewell site also houses Sizewell A, a 290-MWe Magnox gas-cooled reactor, but that unit was permanently shuttered in 2006.) Sizewell C would be a near copy of the two-unit Hinkley Point C station, currently under construction in Somerset.

Expected to operate for 60 years, the Sizewell C EPRs would generate enough low-carbon power for six million homes and save nine million tons of CO2 for every year of operation, according to EDF. Further, the company estimates that Sizewell C would create 25,000 job opportunities during its 10-year construction period and 900 ongoing skilled jobs once the station is operational.

Related Articles

U.K.’s Hinkley Point B retired

August 5, 2022, 9:26AMNuclear News

By all accounts the most productive nuclear power plant in British history, Somerset’s Hinkley Point B station closed for good on August 1, with the shutdown of its B1 unit, a 485-MWe...

U.K. greenlights Sizewell C project

July 21, 2022, 3:00PMNuclear News

The U.K. government has granted a development consent order (DCO) for EDF Energy’s proposed Sizewell C plant near Leiston in Suffolk, moving the new nuclear build project closer to a...

Olkiluoto-3 start pushed to end of year

June 20, 2022, 3:05PMNuclear News

Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO), owner and operator of Finland’s Olkiluoto nuclear power plant, has announced a further delay to the start of regular electricity generation at Unit 3....