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EDF launches consultation for 3.2GW Sizewell C nuclear electricity project

21 Sep 2012 15:57:20 | edem

EDF said on Friday that it will launch a public consultation in November for Sizewell C, the second of its proposed new nuclear projects in the UK.

The company has sent draft consultation documents to the local authority in Suffolk to gauge its opinion on the 3.2GW proposal. A formal consultation process will begin after EDF receives the council's feedback.

The announcement coincides with the end of a six-month review by the Planning Inspectorate for EDF's other nuclear project, the 3.2GW Hinkley Point C, which, if approved, will be the first of eight new nuclear stations planned for the UK.

The Planning Inspectorate now has up to three months to make a recommendation to energy secretary of state Ed Davey.

EDF reiterated that it will make a final investment decision on Hinkley Point C by the end of the year. It has requested to have the first 1.6GW reactor connected to the grid from September 2018.

However, industry experts said the project is unlikely to be finished by the end of the decade, and Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) figures do not factor in the additional capacity until 2022 ( see EDEM 11 September 2012). EDF submitted its Hinkley Point C planning application in October 2011. The company said in a statement that it undertook more than three years of community consultation and stakeholder engagement. KB

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