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From butchers to students to estate agents, there is a wide range of Suffolk locals who believe that everyone in their community stands to benefit from the construction of a new nuclear power station.
In 2015, Aldhurst Farm in Leiston was a 67-hectare arable field used to grow onions. Fast forward to today, and Aldhurst Farm is now Wild Aldhurst, a flourishing nature reserve combining grassland, heathland and wetland supporting a range of animals and plants.
We have now opened areas of Wild Aldhurst to the public to experience its thriving biodiversity first hand. Come and visit us!
Sizewell C is committed to providing jobs and skills for local people, including 1500 apprenticeships. We’re proud to be partnered with East Coast College and Doosan to train the next generation of welders and engineers.
Significant benefits to the local area and positive impacts on employment are just some of the advantages that could come with Sizewell C. In this video, we hear from Brafe Engineering in Woodbridge, Suffolk, about what a new power station means to them.
No. Sizewell C will start making a substantial contribution to net zero emissions from the moment it starts generating in the early 2030s. It will be pushing fossil fuels off the electricity grid and avoiding around 9 million tonnes of carbon emissions each year.
Sizewell C will not only help to decarbonise the electricity mix, but it will also help to lower emissions in other sectors, like transport and heating.
EPRs – originally known as European Pressurised Water Reactors – are a type of Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR).
The UK EPR design being used for Sizewell C is the same as at Hinkley Point C in Somerset. Making a copy means we can lower construction and financing costs.
The EPR is a good choice for Sizewell C. It is a proven technology which is already operating at Taishan in China.
It is a major evolution of previous PWR designs and means Sizewell C and Hinkley Point C will be among the safest and most efficient nuclear plants ever built.
The UK EPR meets the most stringent safety and environmental standards. It will use less uranium and produce almost a third less long-lived radioactive waste compared to other water reactors in operation today.
As part of the Generic Design Assessment (GDA), the UK EPR design underwent years of evaluation by the Office for Nuclear Regulation and Environment Agency.
850,000 hours of engineering studies were undertaken as part of the rigorous four-year design approval process.
In October 2021, the Government introduced legislation to allow new nuclear projects to be financed using the so-called RAB (Regulated Asset Base) model.
RAB is a funding arrangement for large infrastructure projects which reduces costs for consumers.
It’s a tried and tested method which has already been used to finance around £180bn of UK infrastructure.
By attracting a pool of investors and allowing them to share some project risks with consumers, the RAB model helps to reduce financing costs. Lowering the cost of finance has a much bigger impact on what consumers pay than construction costs.
Government says that overall consumers are expected to save more than £30bn over the projects lifetime on each new large-scale nuclear power station compared with existing funding mechanisms.
We are taking a wide range of measures to minimise the impact of construction on local communities. We made eleven pledges to the local community when we applied for a DCO in May 2020 and have taken measures to honour these.
In the Deed of Obligation signed with Suffolk County Council and East Suffolk Council in October 2021, we agreed a £250m package to mitigate the effects of construction. It also provides funds to enhance the local environment and to support local employment and skills initiatives.
An additional £400 million will be spent on physical developments to avoid, limit, mitigate or compensate for the impacts of construction. This includes £175 million for road infrastructure, rail improvements, a permanent beach landing facility and additional ecology work around the Associated Development sites. These will all provide a long-term benefit to East Suffolk.
Measures we are taking to reduce the impact of construction include: