We are seeking your views on all aspects of our Stage 2 strategies and proposals and encourage you to comment on:
- Our overall proposals for the new Sizewell C nuclear power station;
- The associated development needed to support the construction and operation of the power station; and
- The potential effects of the project – both positive and negative – and proposed mitigation measures where necessary.
The principle of the need for new nuclear power stations and the choice of Sizewell as a ‘potentially suitable’ site have already been determined by Parliament, following public consultation and debate. These issues are outside the scope of this consultation.
Sizewell C would be one of the biggest and most technologically complex construction projects ever built in the UK. Once operational the station would generate electricity for 60 years, making an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for low carbon, secure and affordable energy.
Over the lifetime of the construction we estimate that approximately 25,000 employment opportunities would be created. At its peak the construction site workforce would be about 5,600 people. Once operational, the new power station would support around 900 permanent jobs.
We are already beginning to work in partnership with schools, colleges, and the local authorities to help develop education programmes and skills required to support the construction of Sizewell C. We will also create an apprenticeship scheme.
Sizewell C would create many opportunities for local businesses to supply their goods and services. A website run by the Suffolk and Norfolk Chambers of Commerce is now available for businesses to register their interest in becoming suppliers.