Jim Crawford, EDF Energy
EDF Energy and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce are excited to be joint sponsors of the Business of the Year category of the Suffolk Business Awards.
It is fitting that the Suffolk Business awards kick off today, the same day that the Hinkley Point C socioeconomic brochure is launched in the House of Commons. Hinkley Point C is more than a power station, since the earliest days of the project the challenge of ensuring a positive legacy for the South West and the UK has been of fundamental importance. Sizewell C and Bradwell B can do the same for the East of England.
In this region, EDF Energy already operates Sizewell B nuclear power station in Suffolk, providing 800 skilled and well paid jobs. Alongside our long term partners CGN, we have plans to develop two new power stations at Sizewell in Suffolk and Bradwell in Essex. The new power stations would create significant business, skills and job opportunities for the region – just as the Hinkley Point C power station is doing for the South West.
Businesses in the South West have already secured £465m in contracts and the station is worth over £4bn to the regional economy over its lifetime and we want to do the same in the East of England.
Sizewell C offers a unique opportunity. The new station could be built at a significantly lower price for consumers than Hinkley Point C. This is because it will be a near replica of the power station in Somerset. As well as reducing construction costs, the foresight of planners means that the vital connection to the UK grid is already in place at Sizewell, saving consumers more money. We will use the existing pylons to distribute power for 6million homes and businesses.
Sizewell C will benefit from a mature supply chain. The nuclear industry will provide jobs and apprenticeships for local residents for generations to come. There will be 5,600 people needed to build the station at the peak of construction and 900 high skilled workers to operate it.
Bradwell B in Essex would follow it – multiplying the positive effect on people and the economy from Sizewell B and C.