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'Go Ahead With Sizewell'

Monday, October 1, 2018



Starting with Sizewell C Britain needs at least five new very low carbon nuclear power stations if we are to meet our energy needs and reduce our dependency on foreign imports of power says GMB Union

GMB, the energy union, has today urged the go ahead for the new Sizewell nuclear power station whilst hailing the ‘excellent’ progress on Hinkley Point C (HPC) - two years into the project’s completion.

The costs of building Sizewell C (SZC) are expected to be up to 30% cheaper than HPC as it would largely be a replication of the Somerset power station.

The lower risk from a ‘repeat project’ would lead to savings from the design and development and lower equipment qualification costs

Two years after final contracts were signed for Hinkley Point C, the scale of construction and progress has been revealed by the release of impressive new photographs and film footage of the project. [1]

For the 12 months up to 7 March 2018, every one in 5.6 days was a low wind day (65 days in total) when the output of the installed and connected wind turbines in the UK produced less than 10% of their installed and connected capacity for more than half of the day. [3]

For 341 days in the year, solar output was below 10% of installed capacity for more than half of the day. [2]

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary for Energy, said:

“On the second anniversary of work beginning on HPC, GMB is calling for the go ahead to be given for a new nuclear power station in Suffolk.

“Starting with Sizewell C (SZC), Britain still needs at least five new low carbon nuclear power stations if we are to meet our energy needs and reduce our dependency on foreign imports of power whilst ensuring we have the reliable electricity that comes from very low carbon nuclear, and lower carbon gas, to complement our renewable energy sources.

“Hinkley Point C will provide secure, very low carbon electricity for all the times in a year when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine.

“GMB is delighted with the excellent progress at HPC, we must now get on and get SZC built as we need the reliable power to keep the lights on and to drive our economy.”

Jude Brimble, GMB National Secretary for Manufacturing, said:

“Hinkley Point C has been a triumph for UK Construction and Engineering Construction. 

“HPC will provide 7% of the UK’s energy needs when completed and at least 25,000 quality jobs during its construction and another 900 during operation.

“Meanwhile 65% of the project’s £18 billion construction value will be placed with the UK supply chain and give a vital boost to the economy.”


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