Hinkley Point C nuclear reactors to offer 'tremendous opportunities' for Somerset
The Government's decision to give consent for two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point will "unlock tremendous opportunities for Somerset", according to Somerset County Council.
The council has welcomed this afternoon's announcement from Energy Secretary Ed Davey, which removed the last planning obstacle to the creation of Hinkley C.
It is now down to EDF and the Government to agree a price for the energy which will be produced, and for EDF to decide whether to go ahead.
Deputy leader, Cllr David Hall, said: “The Hinkley Point C project will unlock tremendous opportunities for Somerset, including thousands of new jobs, supply chain investment and a large number of apprenticeships for our young people.
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"The proposals have a come a long way, and we are ready and waiting for the ‘go’ so we can help make the project a reality and reap the rewards for the county.”
Council leader John Osman said: "This is an exciting time and a time of huge opportunity should EDF make a decision to go ahead.
“It is the chance of a lifetime and could regenerate a huge area and create jobs and opportunities for our young people for years to come.”
Following the announcement, Somerset County Council has released some key facts about the Hinkley C building project.
- £100million per year will be put into the regional economy during peak construction
- £40million per year will go into the regional economy, reaching more than £2bn over the lifetime of the project
- Hinkley Point C will be able to provide energy to around 5 million homes
- Hinkley Point C will take approximately eight years to construct
- It will be operational for 60 years
- 25,000 jobs will be created over the construction period, with 5,600 workers required at the peak of construction
- 900 workers will be required when operational
- 400 new apprenticeships will be created
- EDF Energy expects there will be up to 750 HGV movements a day during construction
- The construction site will cover 175 hectares, equivalent to around 162 full size football pitches
- 230,000 tonnes of steel reinforcement will be needed, enough to build railway tracks stretching from London to Rome