Sizewell C nuclear power station ‘certainly on the agenda’, says Johnson

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Oris Johnson said the Sizewell C nuclear power station is “certainly on the agenda” and will be partly funded by international investors.

Speaking to BBC Radio Suffolk, the Prime Minister said: ‘We want Sizewell C and we will present plans as quickly as possible.

The large-scale Suffolk power station is part of a fleet of new nuclear power stations at the heart of the government’s energy strategy, in which Mr Johnson last month set out targets to boost new nuclear power, offshore wind and hydrogen.

We will build a nuclear reactor every year rather than once every ten years

Asked whether Sizewell will be built amid criticism that the process is too slow, Mr Johnson said: “Sizewell C is certainly on the agenda.

“We are going to build a nuclear reactor every year rather than once every ten years.

“We will have to pay for it partly out of public funds, but we will also find investors.

“I’ve spoken to people in the Gulf, in India, around the world, they see the UK as a massive long-term bet and a brilliant bet.”

He added: “They want to make investments in things that will have a long-term return and where they know the government is solidly behind.”

Boris Johnson said Sizewell C was certainly on the agenda (PA) / PA wire

Mr Johnson said fixing the UK’s energy supply is a key part of solving the cost of living crisis, which is seeing bills soar following an increase in the price cap of energy and pressure on global gas costs due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In January the government announced £100 million in funding to support the continued development of Sizewell C, a move aimed at attracting further funding from private investors.

Negotiations between the government and the French promoter EDF began last year.

If built, Sizewell C would power the equivalent of around six million homes and support up to 10,000 jobs in Suffolk and across the UK.

The station is an almost identical replica of Hinkley Point C, the factory currently under construction in Somerset, keeping costs down.


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