The region boasts complimentary engineering, project management and environmental expertise which can readily be used by the nuclear industry.
In the East of England EDF Energy operates Sizewell B power station which employs 575 staff and 250 contracting partners. Sizewell B is scheduled to operate until 2035 but this could be extended by a further 20 years. EDF Energy has completed Stage One of its pre-application consultation for the proposed Sizewell C project which would be capable of supplying power to some 5 million homes and would employ 900 staff when operational. The renaissance of new nuclear build in theUKwould bring significant jobs and skills opportunities.
There are further opportunities in nuclear power station decommissioning at Sizewell A, Suffolk and Bradwell, Essex, which could be worth around £3bn to the local economy.