Energy drives development, which is why the UK is committed to developing a low-carbon system that makes sure enough energy is available, affordably.
By 2030, many of the UK’s power stations are expected to close and will need to be replaced to ensure there is enough electricity supply to meet the demands of homes and businesses.
We intend to deliver a nuclear power station at Sizewell C that will make a major contribution to the country’s requirement for secure, safe, low carbon nuclear energy, as part of a diverse energy mix.
Where practical and appropriate, we will mitigate any significant adverse effects of the construction, operation and decommission of the power station. We will try to do this in a way that is environmentally responsible and sensitive both to the needs of the community and to the requirements of the relevant authorities.
We will strive to ensure that Sizewell C benefits the local and regional economy.
As part of our plan to secure a low-carbon energy future, EDF Energy and our partner China General Nuclear Ltd are taking forward proposals to build and operate a new nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast, known as Sizewell C.
The new station would be located to the north of Sizewell B, our existing station. The site was identified as potentially suitable for a new nuclear power station by the UK Government in its National Policy Statement on Nuclear Power Generation, published in 2011.
Sizewell C would have two reactors, UK EPR’sTM, capable of generating enough low carbon electricity to supply around 5 million homes.
The design of the UK EPRTM is based on technology used successfully and safely around the world for many years. It includes innovations to enhance performance and safety.
The UK EPRTM underwent a Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process, which concluded when the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) issued a Design Acceptance Confirmation (DAC) and the Environment Agency issued a Statement of Design Acceptability (SoDA) in December 2012. The GDA’s 850,000 hours of engineering studies over four years has given our projects at both Hinkley Point and Sizewell a stable design.
EDF Energy is consulting the public on the proposals. The public consultation is made up of three stages; Stage 1 Consultation on initial proposals and options for Sizewell C was completed in 2013. Stage 2 Consultation began on 23 November 2016 and finishes on 3 February 2017.
EDF Energy believes nuclear new build will bring social, economic and environmental benefits to the east of England and the wider UK. For more information on our engagement with the local community and businesses, click on the tabs above.