No timescale set for ‘detailed process’ of analysing Sizewell C consultation feedback

Work is under way to analyse the 1,000 responses EDF Energy has received over its proposals for Sizewell C – with the company saying examining the comments will be a “detailed process”.

The submissions from councils, campaign groups, a wide range of interested bodies and individuals will be taken into account as the company prepares for its third and final stage of consultation on the £16bn nuclear power plant.

No date has yet been given for this – and the company still has much work to do to meet the demands and concerns of some councils and campaign groups.

Tom McGarry, head of communications for EDF Energy’s Sizewell C project, told the annual EEEGR conference at the Norfolk Showground the company had met with 3,500 people during the latest consultation.

He said: “We will now take the time necessary to fully consider all the feedback from the Stage 2 consultation on Sizewell C we have received, in order to shape the proposals we will develop for further public consultation.

“This will be a detailed process and shows our commitment to genuine consultation and listening to our stakeholders.”

EDF, which has started work on a new nuclear build at Hinkley Point, is fully committed to the Sizewell C twin reactor, which would be capable of delivering power to six million homes.

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Mr McGarry said: “EDF Energy’s investment in its nuclear stations has helped them deliver a remarkable performance.

“Last year at Sizewell B we achieved a UK nuclear industry record for any one station with 100% availability delivering power to 2.6m homes for a year. The station generated this low carbon energy for 499 days without any interruption.

“We want to invest more in this region. Working alongside our long term industrial partners CGN we want to develop Sizewell C and Bradwell B nuclear power stations.”

The next refuelling and maintenance outage at Sizewell B is scheduled for November 2017. The outages happen every 18 months.

Speaking at the conference, Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said: ‘The nuclear industry is an important part of the UK energy mix both now and the future.

“We can see the economic boost the industry provides not just in the regions where they operate but throughout the UK.”

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