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Energy company announces new bosses for Sizewell power plants

PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 February 2016

The reactor dome of Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station

The reactor dome of Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station

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Paul Morton is swapping old-style coal for modern nuclear electricity generation as he takes over at Suffolk's nuclear reactor.

Paul Morton, the new Sizewell B station directorPaul Morton, the new Sizewell B station director

Mr Morton has been announced as the new station director for Sizewell B, arriving from EDF Energy’s Cottam coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire.

He takes over on Tuesday from Jim Crawford, who has held the post for the past six years and now moves on to project development director for the Sizewell C project, the next generation of reactors on the county’s coast.

Mr Morton, who has worked for CEGB, PowerGen, EON and EDF Energy at High Marnham, Ratcliffe, Connah’s Quay, Enfield, Grain (Oil & CCGT) and Cottam, said: “Sizewell B is a fantastic power station with a great track record.

“I am delighted to take on this new role and am looking forward to getting to know the team at the station and the local community.”

Mr Crawford, who takes responsibility for leading the Sizewell C project to a successful final investment decision and into construction, said: “I have been proud to be station director of Sizewell B. The station had a record year of power production in 2015 and has saved some 126 million tonnes of carbon dioxide since it started operating in 1995.

“Sizewell C provides a great opportunity to build on this, to provide more local jobs, more contracts for UK businesses and more opportunities for young people in education whilst delivering power generation for five million homes for 60 years.”

Mr Crawford took over at Sizewell B in 2010 following two years as the station’s plant manager and has worked in the nuclear industry for 36 years with the last seven years based with his family in Suffolk.

EDF wants to build the twin-reactor Sizewell C plant to the north of Sizewell B. The project would create 5,600 jobs during peak construction and 900 jobs during operation.

The company has completed the first stage of consultation on the project, but the second stage has been stalled as the power station’s future hinges on the progress of Hinkley Point C, where the final investment decision is still awaited.

This is expected soon and will then enable more details to be released about key elements of the Sizewell C project, including park and ride and workers’ accommodation sites.

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