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Sizewell C news: Building the future of clean energy

  • Publish Date: Posted about 1 month ago
  • Author: James Kenealey
Sizewell C nuclear power plant is one of the biggest and most ambitious infrastructure projects in the UK, and it is estimated that the construction and operation of the plant will create around 25,000 job opportunities.

Developed by EDF Energy, Sizewell C has been in the news recently due to the project's rapid progress and the job opportunities that it will bring. The plant, which is planned to have a capacity of 3.2 GW, will generate enough electricity to power around six million homes, making it a vital part of the UK's energy infrastructure.

Sizewell C will expand the current nuclear power capability on the Suffolk coast, complimenting Sizewell B, the UK’s only pressurised water reactor, which started generating power in 1995 and will enter the decommissioning phase in 2035.

Read on to find out the latest news, project updates and the wide variety of jobs at Sizewell C.

Sustainably increasing the UK’s energy security

The Sizewell C project is expected to have an incredible impact on the UK's energy infrastructure, helping to reduce the country's reliance on fossil fuels and increase its energy security. The project is part of a broader plan to transition to a low-carbon energy system, which includes the development of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power.

The Sizewell C project has faced challenges in obtaining planning permission due to concerns about its environmental impact. However, the project received approval from the UK government in 2020, following a thorough planning process that considered environmental, safety, and economic factors.

Nuclear power is often criticized for its effect on the environmental, but EDF Energy is committed to ensuring that the Sizewell C project is developed sustainably. The company has pledged to reduce the project's carbon footprint by using renewable energy sources, implementing energy efficiency measures, and reducing waste. In addition, the company has committed to working with local communities and stakeholders to minimize the environmental impact of the project.

With the recent news that more milestones have been reached in the planning of the new nuclear power plant, with three crucial Environmental Agency permits issued, the project looks set to begin as planned despite some potential funding issues amid the turbulent political landscape of 2022.

Tech innovation, training, and jobs at Sizewell C

One of the most significant benefits of the Sizewell C project is the number of job opportunities that it will create. According to EDF Energy, the construction and operation of the plant will create around 25,000 job opportunities, with a peak of 5,600 jobs during the construction phase. These jobs will be spread across a range of professions, including engineering, construction, management, and administration.

The Sizewell C project will also provide opportunities for skills training and technology innovation. EDF Energy has already established a training centre near their Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant. The centre provides training and apprenticeship opportunities for people in the local community, helping local people to develop the skills needed to work in the nuclear industry and insure the project against skills shortages in the future.

Finally, safety standards are a top priority for the Sizewell C project. EDF Energy has a rigorous safety culture, and the company has pledged that the Sizewell C plant will meet the highest safety standards. The company has also committed to transparency and openness, ensuring that stakeholders are informed about the project's progress and any safety concerns.

Sizewell C’s sister project, Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, is already bringing big benefits to communities near the construction site in Somerset.

  • 922 apprentices recruited

  • 15,000 job opportunities on the construction site

  • £4.1bn so far spent with companies across the South West

These figures show what can be achieved at Sizewell C. In addition to the direct economic benefits, Sizewell C has agreed to a package of local funding worth over £250 million.  We’re looking forward to finding out more about the economic benefits and scientific innovation as the project continues.

Jobs at Sizewell C offer a range of opportunities for skilled and experienced workers who will each play a part in delivering clean, affordable, and sustainable energy for all.
Our recruitment for Sizewell C jobs is currently underway, and we are seeking a range of roles across various disciplines, including engineering, project management, construction, and environmental management. Click here to view our jobs