The region boasts 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 has potential to be extended by a further 20 years. EDF Energy has completed the first stage of its pre-application consultation for the proposed Sizewell C project, which would be capable of supplying power to some six million homes and would employ 900 staff when operational. The renaissance of new nuclear builds in the UK would bring significant opportunities for jobs and skills.
There are further opportunities in nuclear power station decommissioning at Sizewell A in Suffolk and Bradwell in Essex, which could be worth around £3bn to the local economy.