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Energy group joins major industrial nuclear consortium

The East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) has joined a major British industrial consortium to call on the Government to back Sizewell C, the proposed new nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast.

Thirty two companies and organisations from all regions of the UK, including some of the UK’s biggest clean energy firms, have come together to urge the Government to give the major infrastructure project the green light.

The Sizewell C Consortium also includes Atkins, Balfour Beatty Bailey, Bilfinger, Cavendish Nuclear, Doosan Babcock, EDF, Jacobs, Laing O’Rourke, Mott MacDonald and Mace, as well as host of smaller businesses. It is also backed by some of the country’s biggest trade unions including the GMB, the Unite Union and Prospect.

The Consortium believes Sizewell C is a pre-packed stimulus project that will provide a major economic boost for the UK, worth around £14bn, and set the country on the road to a green recovery.

The Consortium intends to sign memorandum of understanding (MoU) with regions across the UK to guarantee British jobs and investment in the building of Sizewell C. Up to 70% of contracts for Sizewell C will go to British-based businesses, securing the future of the nuclear supply chain and creating tens of thousands of jobs across the UK.

Sizewell C will provide 3.2GW of always-on clean energy, enough to power six million homes. The planning application for the project was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate last month. As a replica of Hinkley Point C in Somerset, Sizewell C is expected to benefit from significant savings in construction costs. Early works, involving contracts worth up to £300m, could begin this year.

Approval of the project would be a major boost for the UK nuclear sector, which directly provides more than 60,000 highly-skilled jobs, with another 160,000 jobs sustained across the wider supply chain.

However, without Government backing for Sizewell C soon, thousands of these jobs will be lost, which would seriously undermine the UK’s nuclear delivery capability.

Simon Gray, EEEGR CEO, said: “I’m pleased to have joined the Sizewell C Consortium as we look to secure the future of the nuclear supply chain in the local region. Sizewell C is a proposal that can guarantee jobs right here in East Anglia, and we look forward to doing our bit to make sure it gets the green light.”

Cameron Gilmour, spokesperson for the Sizewell C Consortium, said: “Britain has built a world-beating nuclear industry supply chain which supports thousands of highly-skilled jobs across the UK. The Sizewell C supply chain is ready and willing to help government with the green economic recovery. A firm commitment on the future of Sizewell C will help sustain the nuclear supply chain and can deliver significant benefits to the UK’s low carbon economic prosperity.”