Green light given to new nuclear stations

PUBLISHED: 12:20 18 October 2010

THE Government has today given the go-ahead for a string of new nuclear power stations - with two of those almost certainly on the Suffolk and Essex coastline.

Energy secretary Chris Huhne unveiled his plans for the future of Britain’s energy supply in a statement to Parliament.

He gave the thumbs up to eight new nuclear power plants – one of which is expected at Sizewell and another at Bradwell-on-Sea.

It will mean a massive boost to the region’s economy, ploughing millions of pounds into local infrastructure and generating thousands of jobs.

But last night campaigners warned a reliance on nuclear power was unsafe and urged Whitehall to consider renewable sources of energy.

French power giant EDF has already said it would like to build new twin reactors at Sizewell.

The company declined to comment last night but a spokesman confirmed they would be issuing a statement later today.

Formal consultation on the plans for Sizewell C could start as early as the first half of next year and the plant could be up and running by 2020.

The construction period – which could last about six or seven years – is likely to employ between 4,500 and 5,000 people and when complete the power station would employ 700-900 people.

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