To get to Net Zero, the UK will need around four times the amount of low-carbon energy it uses today.
While most of the growing demand for low-carbon electricity will be met by renewables, nuclear will also be needed to keep the system stable and reduce costs.
The EPR reactor design has been approved by the UK’s nuclear regulator, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). This means it satisfies Britain’s high standards for nuclear safety.
The team at the UK EPR Design Centre in Bristol are industry experts bringing experience from a range of nuclear projects. Watch our videos to see how they are supporting HPC and SZC.
In another huge step forward for Sizewell C, the government has launched the formal process to raise private investment for the power station. The announcement follows positive engagement with investors who now have their...
Consortium led by Sizewell C awarded £3m by UK Government to construct a demonstrator DAC facility Sizewell C and ABP developing plans to locate the demonstrator DAC facility at the Port of Lowestoft Unique...
Sizewell C has reached its biggest milestone to date with the announcement that the Government is investing £700m in the project. The funding will support the project's continued development so that it can bring in...
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced on Thursday the government's support for Sizewell C's construction, subject to final agreement. In his Autumn Statement, he said the nuclear power station would create thousands of jobs and represented...
Sizewell C has moved a step closer to starting construction after the Government today gave planning consent for the new power station in Suffolk. The DCO application was submitted in May 2020 and sets...
Sizewell C has been awarded an 'excellent' rating from infrastructure sustainability assessment scheme, CEEQUAL, for the Strategy phase of the project. The rating means that Sizewell C has clearly demonstrated commitment to delivering a...
Sizewell C is the only new nuclear project which can start construction in the next few years.
It is the only project which is ready to deliver the lower financing and construction costs that come through replication.
Other nuclear designs are being developed but it will be several years before those projects obtain the required regulatory approvals and contracts to begin construction.
Achieving Net Zero requires an unprecedented build rate and means we need to deploy approved designs that are available today.
Sizewell C will sustain jobs and skills in the nuclear industry until other projects are more fully developed.
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 project’s lifetime on each new large-scale nuclear power station compared with existing funding mechanisms.
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.
850,000 hours of engineering studies were undertaken as part of the rigorous four-year design approval process.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found that lifecycle carbon emissions for nuclear are comparable with wind, and lower than all other technologies.
A peer-reviewed Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) for Sizewell C shows that emissions will be half the level attributed to nuclear and offshore wind by the IPCC.
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 £400million will be spent on physical developments to avoid, limit, mitigate or compensate for the impacts of construction. This includes £175million 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: