During the early 2020s, many of the UK’s power stations are expected to close. If they are not replaced, there might not be enough electricity supply to meet the demands of houses and businesses.
To provide a secure energy supply for the future, the UK needs a diverse and balanced energy mix. Nuclear power stations are well placed to contribute to this mix, as they generate low-carbon electricity reliably. Nuclear power is the most affordable large-scale, low-carbon energy source currently available to the UK.
EDF Energy is committed to helping secure our energy supplies for the future by investing in an energy mix that balances the needs of low-carbon emissions, security of supply, and affordability. We own and operate eight of the UK’s ten existing nuclear power stations and we plan to build three new ones at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex.
The construction and operation of Hinkley Point C will create thousands of employment and apprenticeship opportunities in a broad range of occupations and careers. Opportunities will include construction, civil engineering, electrical installation, hospitality, catering, logistics, security, site services, support roles and others over the coming years. When complete, Hinkley Point C will also have an expected workforce of nearly a thousand people who will be needed to run the Power station throughout its 60 year operation.
• £20m to help improve socio-economic wellbeing through dedicated community funds.
• Almost £16m to the improvement of roads and infrastructure in the surrounding area.
• £3m into the Inspire education programme for young people
• £11m to support the provision of employment and skills for local people.