Over 120 leading local businesspeople who attended Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s latest networking event were given important up-to-date information about the Sizewell C project and an early sight of the Chamber’s local campaign priorities.
Simone Rossi, chief executive of EDF Energy, spoke about the company’s confidence about the contribution a new nuclear power station at Sizewell C would make to the UK’s energy mix and security.
Simone showed how the ‘fleet effect’ whereby the costs of subsequent stations is lower than the original one will mean that the proposed Sizewell C and Bradwell B stations on the east coast will each cost less than Hinckley C in Somerset.
He also outlined how Sizewell C will boost the local economy by acting as a catalyst for top-end engineering, construction and manufacturing jobs, creating 100 apprenticeships during construction and contributing £4 billion into the economy over the lifetime of the project.
Over 1300 companies have already take the initiative in getting themselves prepared for potential opportunities by signing up to the Sizewell C Supply chain website (https://www.sizewellcsupplychain.co.uk/), which is managed by Suffolk Chamber.
Simone Rossi, EDF Energy Chief Executive, said: “EDF Energy is working on robust proposals for the financing and the delivery of Sizewell C. We know from our experience at Hinkley Point C, and indeed, looking back to the construction of Sizewell B, that this will be a catalyst for upskilling and economic prosperity across the region.
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