UK set for talks with France’s EDF over nuclear plant

15 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

LONDON: Britain said Monday it will hold talks with French energy giant EDF concerning the construction of a nuclear power plant on England’s east coast, in a project reportedly worth £20 billion ($26.4 billion, 22 billion euros).

EDF had submitted an application in May to build the 3.2-gigawatt Sizewell C nuclear plant, which is situated in Suffolk, but it ran into criticism from environmental campaigners—while plans were delayed by the pandemic, reports AFP.

“The government has... confirmed that it is to enter negotiations with EDF in relation to the Sizewell C project in Suffolk as it considers options to enable investment in at least one nuclear power station by the end of this parliament” in 2024, it said in a statement.

“If the project proceeds, it could create thousands of new jobs during construction and operation.