Energy crisis lifeline: EDF’s £20bn Sizewell C nuclear power project APPROVED

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Today, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng, granted development consent to the Sizewell C nuclear project, which is set to generate enough electricity to power six million homes. France’s state-owned energy firm EDF will now build the new low-carbon electricity generating station in Suffolk. 



The UK’s Planning Inspectorate has said that this project it would boost the UK’s energy security by “producing reliable, low-carbon electricity to help Britain achieve Net Zero.”

The approval comes a little over two years after plans for the nuclear power plant were submitted on 27 May 2020. 

Sarah Richards, the Planning Inspectorate’s Chief Executive said: “This examination took place during the Covid-19 pandemic and its associated restrictions, and the examining authority worked hard to ensure that local people, the local authorities – East Suffolk District and Suffolk County Council – and other interested parties were able to fully participate.”

“The examining authority listened and gave full consideration to local views and the evidence gathered during the examination before making its recommendation.”

The project will support 70,000 jobs across the UK and rely on over 3,000 UK-based suppliers.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Government has focused heavily on boosting nuclear energy, with a goal to generate a quarter of the UK’s supply from nuclear power by 2050. 

This comes as Britons have been gripped by the worst effects of a fossil fuel energy crisis, with household bills tipped to reach a staggering £3,200 a year by this winter.

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