Key figures involved in the Sizewell C nuclear power station project have told a conference that work could start next year if it gets planning permission – and argued the benefits will outweigh the impact.
The ‘Sizewell C: Doing the Power of Good for East Suffolk’ conference focused on the impact of the potential power station on the local environment, economy and communities if the twin reactor station is built.
The government has previously announced plans to fund a new nuclear power plant before the 2024 election and Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, managing director of nuclear development at Sizewell C, is certain Sizewell C is the frontrunner.
Sizewell is that project,” Mr Cadoux-Hudson told a conference of several hundred people at Trinity Park on Monday. “There’s no other that can come close in this government.”
He emphasised the importance of no longer relying on fossils fuels and how nuclear is the best solution due to its small footprint, the fact it is not limited by battery storage technology like wind and solar power and said it produces less carbon than wind and solar power.
He added: “The time to build it is now, and I think the country needs and the local area needs the impact that we’ll have both in terms of our electricity system, jobs, skills and businesses.”
If planning permission is given in April, the nine to 12 year construction process could start before the end of the year.