|Happy New Year to you from the Sizewell C Project.
Last year saw some important milestones for the proposals to build a new nuclear power station next to Sizewell B. As well as achieving Development Consent and the government announcing its decision to invest in the project, we undertook a lot of early, advanced work on the temporary construction area – including several archaeological trenches. We have also seen great progress on the Sizewell B Relocated Facilities site to the south west of the station.
When we submitted the application for Development Consent to build Sizewell C, we pledged that Sizewell C would support the growth of the local economy. This includes getting local firms to work on the project. These advanced works have already resulted in contracts worth over £10 million for East of England businesses, including Suffolk-based construction firms.
|Tru7 Group, one of the local businesses contracted on the Sizewell B Relocated Facilities site.|
|Over the next few months…
More advanced works activity in various parts of the Sizewell estate will take place this year. All of this work is permitted by the relevant landowners and authorities, and has been shaped by extensive ecological surveys and the welfare of wildlife.
|Archaeologists Hannah Bullmore (L) and Hadley Sharman (R) working at the site.|
|It is important to note that this does not signal the start of construction of the power station. Advance works are reversible in the unlikely event Sizewell C will not proceed to a final investment decision and full construction.
In the meantime, now that archaeological work to the north of the temporary construction site is complete, we will begin to create the marsh harrier habitat site between now and May.
We will keep you informed throughout. More information on our forthcoming activities will be included in our forthcoming community newsletter.
News from Leiston
Tom McGarry, Head of the Regional External Affairs and Development (READ) Team, will be leaving Sizewell C Co in February. Tom leads the Team based in the Sizewell C Information Office on Leiston High Street, which is focussed on community relations and building stakeholder partnerships. He managed the public consultation for Sizewell C right from the start in November 2012.
|Tom McGarry will be leaving Sizewell C Co in February.|
|Tom said, “It has been a privilege to work with brilliant people, both within EDF and in local communities across East Suffolk, on a project which will be a vital part of Britain’s energy security and in the international challenge of tackling climate change. It will provide a boost to Suffolk’s economy – particularly for those who want different, genuine employment opportunities and life chances and whose voices are too often unheard.
“With planning consent and government investment, Sizewell C is progressing toward construction. All the commitments to protecting and enhancing the local environment and minimising disruption to local communities have been consulted on, agreed and are legally binding. I’m proud to have played a part.”
Tom is moving on to a national role with National Grid. From February the READ Team will be led by Marjorie Barnes who has been a senior manager for EDF in the East of England for over 20 years.
|From February the READ Team will be led by Marjorie Barnes.|
|Over the last few months we have been recruiting new Team members so we are in a position to support residents and work with local communities as we progress towards the Final Investment Decision and more activity around the Sizewell area.
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or on the freephone community line: 0800 197 6102.
With best wishes,
Sizewell C Project Team