Green light given to new nuclear stations
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.
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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.
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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.