UK government grants consent for Sizewell C nuclear power station

Posted: July 20, 2022 by oldbrew in Energy, government, Nuclear power
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Existing Sizewell B nuclear power station

The usual climate/energy malcontents don’t like it, but there’s not much they do like that anyone who values reliability of supply, i.e. most of the public, could or should have confidence in. The main question is: how many years will it be before any electricity is generated from it, assuming nobody pulls the rug away?
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Sizewell C has moved a step closer to starting construction after the Government today gave planning consent for the new power station in Suffolk, says Energy Live News.

Just a few days ago, the UK’s nuclear regulator said the licence application for the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station in Suffolk met almost all requirements.

The Development Consent Order application was submitted in May 2020 and sets out the range of measures the project will take to mitigate the effects of construction and maximise the benefits for local communities.

Carly Vince, Sizewell C’s Chief Planning Officer, said: “I am delighted that, after months of careful consideration, the government has given planning consent for Sizewell C. It is a big endorsement of our proposals and supports our view that this is the right project in the right place.

“Sizewell C will be good for the region, creating thousands of opportunities for local people and businesses. It will boost local biodiversity and leave a legacy Suffolk can be proud of.”

Sizewell C said negotiations with the government on raising funds for the project are continuing and a Financial Investment Decision is expected in 2023.

The British Government has already announced it will take a 20% stake in the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power project.

Full article here.
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More project information here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    ‘The power station is expected to meet 7% of the UK’s demand when it comes into service.[1]
    . . .
    The project is expected to commence before 2024, with construction taking between nine and twelve years, depending on developments at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station which is also being developed by EDF Energy, and which shares major similarities with the Sizewell plant.’

    Sounds a long way off, mid 2030s or later.

  2. ivan says:

    I am not surprised at the length of time required since the regulations for building one are almost incomprehensible and should be scrapped and rewritten from scratch to eliminate the stupidity of safety cut-outs mounted on safety cut-outs such that in an emergency they might not work together.

    Most of those regs stem from the Greenham Common anti nuclear demonstrations.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Predictable climate lawfare tactics….

    The activist group Stop Sizewell C said it will consider appealing the government’s decision to approve the plant.
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    Comparison with Sizewell C (3.2 gigawatts) …

    JULY 20, 2022
    In the first quarter of 2022, Chinese regulators gave the green light to coal plants with a total capacity of 8.63 gigawatts, according to research conducted by Greenpeace.

  4. […] UK government grants consent for Sizewell C nuclear power station […]

  5. stpaulchuck says:

    Western governments are like rabid dogs running in ever tighter circles biting themselves on the rump until they bleed to death growling and barking the whole time.

  6. Phil Salmon says:

    While the SMR focus in the U.K. is naturally on Rolls Royce with their miniature yet traditional pressurised water reactors, another British based (plus French and Italian) startup Newcleo is developing a much more radical truly fourth generation reactor design: a lead-cooled fast-breeder.

    With sizes from 20-200 MW.

    Meanwhile the US based Nuscale are the first out of the blocks actually rolling out and installing SMRs. (Apart from Russia of course who have been installing them for decades already.)

  7. Phil Salmon says:

    Bill Gates’ Terrapower is also developing fourth generation SMRs with various liquid metal or salt coolants:

  8. oldbrew says:

    EDF moving the goalposts already…

    EDF to redesign flagship UK nuclear reactors after China shutdown

    Company to change way fuel rods are held in place in pioneering EPR generators
    23 July 2022

    A Hinkley Point C spokesman said the problem with fuel assemblies at Taishan had been “investigated and is understood”.

    She said: “A detailed solution has been identified by Framatome and will be implemented for Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C.

    “We are confident that this will be effective as it is based on a detailed understanding of the issue and operational experience at existing power stations, including Sizewell B in Britain.”

    Re. Taishan, China:
    One of the station’s two reactors is still shut down after it was taken offline last July because of fuel damage, less than three years after it started running. Chinese regulators are believed to be reviewing plans to restart the unit.

  9. It doesn't add up... says:

    Why should we trust in further tinkering of the hopeless, expensive EPR design? The best recent news I saw was that EdF were considering withdrawing from Sizewell C. That would free up the possibility of installing something that works that could be built on time and on budget. Provided the ONR gets out of the way, of course.

  10. stpaulchuck says:

    And… 47 lawsuits later, it’ll be the year 2050 and the unit will finally be doing a test run up. Oh wait, another lawsuit.

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