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Sizewell C submits planning application

EDF Energy has submitted an application to the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to build the proposed new Sizewell C nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast.

If approved, Sizewell C would supply around 6mn homes with ‘always-on’, low carbon electricity made in the UK, says EDF.

The new power station would also provide a huge stimulus to the UK economy, including around 25,000 employment opportunities during construction, and the creation of 1,000 apprenticeships, says EDF. Up to 70% of the construction value will be spent with firms across the UK. Once operational, the plant would employ 900 people in high-skilled positions based in Suffolk.

Sizewell C would be a near-replica of Hinkley Point C, which is currently being built in Somerset. Using the same design means that Sizewell C would benefit from reduced construction costs and lower risk, adds EDF.

The application for a DCO follows four rounds of public consultation which began in 2012. More than 10,000 residents and organisations in Suffolk have contributed their views.

Nuclear power has been generated on the Suffolk coast for more than half a century, with Sizewell A generating power from 1966 until its decommissioning four decades later, and Sizewell B operating since 1995. EDF says that, should the company be given the go ahead, construction of the power station is expected to take between nine and 12 years.

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