Rain

Rain

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 7°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: EDF Energy reveals the first details of its plans for a Sizewell C nuclear power station

06:00 21 November 2012

An artist

An artist's impression of what Sizewell C might look like

Archant

ENERGY giant EDF Energy has today revealed the first details of its proposals to build a third nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast.

shares

Sizewell C: Jobs and the economy

THE construction of Sizewell C is likely to generate thousands of jobs and be worth hundreds of millions of pounds to the local economy.

EDF Energy say the project will generate £100m a year during construction and £40m a year thereafter.

Meanwhile they also claim that during the lifetime of the construction period some 25,000 on-site employment opportunities will be created.

At its peak the construction site workforce would be around 5,600 people, while other jobs would also be created off site via the supply chain and through increased economic activity in the area. Meanwhile during operation of the power station there will be around 900 permanent jobs available.

The company has also said it will create an employment brokerage service to support local people looking for work at Sizewell C - with a particular emphasis on the unemployed.

Bosses have pledged to work in partnership with schools, colleges, training providers and local authorities to help develop education programmes and ensure Suffolk has the skills required to support the construction of a new nuclear power station. This would include a focus on apprenticeships in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Angela Piearce, head of the Sizewell C project, said they would work to build long term sustainable skills for future generations.

“Many of the skills required during construction would be transferrable, opening up the opportunity for further employment once Sizewell C has been built,” she said.

She also said they had been working closely with Suffolk and Norfolk chambers of commerce to provide opportunities for local businesses to supply their goods and services - with 80% of these related to “non nuclear” activities.

To register an interest in becoming a supplier or for more details visit www.sizewellsupplychain.co.uk.

The weighty documents outline how the company plans to progress the multi-billion pound Sizewell C project.

For the first time communities across Suffolk can see how they might be affected by the development which is expected to take between seven and nine years to build.

Today also sees the start of a lengthy consultation period so that people can have their say on the plans, which cover everything from road and rail alterations through to worker accommodation and environmental impacts.

The proposed 32 hectare site - immediately to the north of the existing Sizewell B - would feature two European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs) along with associated buildings, cooling water infrastructure and interim storage for nuclear waste and spent fuel.

There would also be a National Grid substation, sea protection, training centre and visitor centre.

New internal roads and car parking would be built, along with an access road to adjoin the B1122.

Although EDF is hoping to bring in most materials by sea a number of road and rail improvements have been suggested.

However it does not include a bypass around the A12 villages of Marlesford, Little Glemham, Stratford St Andrew and Farnham. Instead bosses either want to build a bypass at Farnham, widen the road around the narrow “Farnham bend” or introduce HGV traffic controls. Further along the A12 there would be improvements to the B1122 junction at Yoxford.

To improve rail capacity EDF is suggesting introducing a passing loop at Wickham Market and either developing a new terminal north of King George’s Avenue in Leiston or extending the track into the construction area.

EDF is still expecting between 100 to 300 HGV deliveries a day at the peak of construction and in a bid to control traffic flow it is proposing to open a lorry park at one of three locations on the A14 to the south east of Ipswich.

Three alternative sites have also been proposed on which to build temporary accommodation and recreational facilities for between 2,000-3,000 workers. EDF’s preferred option is on the construction site, while others are earmarked for the Sizewell Gap south of Sandy Lane or to the south of Sizewell Sports and Social Club.

Workers living off site will be encouraged to use temporary park and ride facilities - one to the north at either Yoxford Road, Darsham or the A12/A144 junction and one to the south at either Wickham Market, Woodbridge or Potash Corner.

The proposals also outline EDF’s landscaping strategy to minimise the impact of construction on the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Angela Piearce, head of the Sizewell C project, said: “The key message is that noting is set in stone. We want to hear from as many people as possible to help us shape our plans.

“We are committed to listening. There is still some way to go. At Hinkley [which is ahead of Sizewell in the planning process] we were consulting the community for two years.”

Details have already been released regarding dates and venues for 12 community engagement exhibitions and people have until February 6 next year to comment on the proposals.

EDF will then consider the responses and publish its preferred options ahead of a second round of public consultation. A planning application will then be submitted, followed by a planning inspectorate examination and a final decision by the Secretary of State.

Copies of all consultation documents are available at the Sizewell C information office at 48-50 High Street in Leiston between 9.30am-5pm Monday to Friday and 9am-12pm Saturday, as well as various council offices.

To respond to the consultation visit http:\\sizewell.edfenergyconsultation.info, email comments to sizewell@edfconsultation.info, write to Sizewell Nuclear New Build, FREEPOST LON20574, London, W1E3EZ or call 0800 1976102.

N What do you think of the proposals? Email news@eadt.co.uk or write to The East Anglian Daily Times, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP41AN.

Related articles

shares

1 comment

  • No doubt all the lazy workshy tree huggers will be there in force moaning for no good reason instead of going to work to earn a living like normal poeple do.

    Report this comment

    Kevin Smith

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Angela Rushforth, managing director of Ridgeons, with the firm's Investors in People gold accreditation.

Regional timber and builders’ merchant chain Ridgeons has been awarded a “gold” rating under ther Investors in People (IiP) programme.

Alex Till of Menta.

Suffolk-based Enterprise agency Menta and the county branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) are working together to help Suffolk business owners as they strive for growth.

The water unit from the Prince's Street fire station with Ipswich with officials from the Port of Ipswich and students from Suffolk New College at the water safety demostration hosted by the port.

The Port of Ipswich teamed up with Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service to stage a rescue simulation off Orwell Quay.

From left, Chris Chamberlain from HTK, Vicki Cole from Crafted and Helen Dodman from Ipswich Central, the three organisations behind the Destination Digital conference.

The company behind the delivery of the Ipswich town centre Business Improvement District project has teamed up with two local digital specialist to stage a conference on online marketing for the tourism and hospitality sectors.

French Connection has warned that it faces a substantial loss when it posts its annual results.

Fashion chain French Connection today warned that it now expects to make a big annual loss after seeing its recovery hopes dashed by a difficult spring trading period.

Andrew Harrison, managing director of Stansted Airport.

Manchester Airports Group, parent company of Stansted Airport, scored a four-star rating in Business in the Community’s 2015 CR Index.

Dominic Casserley, group chief executive of Willis.

Global risk advice and insurance broking firm Willis has launched a 550million euro (£393m) offer to take full control of the French broker Gras Savoye.

Sainsbury's is to cut 800 jobs as part of a restructuring of its store operations.

Sainsbury’s is to cut 800 jobs as it becomes the latest supermarket to restructure its operations in the face of tough trading conditions.

The CWind Sword offshore support vessel.

Colchester-based offshore service vessel manufacturer CTruk has won an order to supply two more of its MPC22 boats to sister company CWind.

Kay Allen, founder of Trading for Good, and Paul Winter, chief executive of Ipswich Building Society.

Ipswich Building Society has been presented with a Responsible Business Award at a Trading for Good East of England event held in its home town.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages