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Sizewell C nuclear plant gets go-ahead from UK government - Perthshire Chamber of Commerce

Sizewell C nuclear plant gets go-ahead from UK government

The UK government has given the go-ahead for the new Sizewell C nuclear power plant on the Suffolk coast.

The project, mainly funded by the French energy company EDF, is expected to cost in the region of £20bn.

The company said the new plant would generate about 7% of the UK's electricity needs and operate for 60 years.

Campaigners Stop Sizewell C said they "will be looking closely at appealing this decision".

The new plant would be built next to the existing Sizewell B, which is still generating electricity, and Sizewell A, which has been decommissioned.

EDF said the new two-reactor plant could generate 3.2 gigawatts (GW) of electricity, enough for about six million homes.

Negotiations with the government on raising funds for the project are continuing and a a decision on the finances is expected in 2023.


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