CGN proposes Bradwell nuclear plant after Hinkley approval

With the Hinkley Point C finally nuclear power plant being given the green light by the UK government, the Chinese firm helping to build the new plant is set to submit a design for another site at Bradwell.

The state-owned China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) said it was now “able to move forward and deliver” nuclear capacity at other UK sites, including Bradwell in Essex and Sizewell in Suffolk.

The plan for Bradwell is to submit a design for UK regulatory approval soon in a process called generic design approval, which could take four years.

The firm will need to get the reactor design and technology approved for use in the UK before building the station, with one-third funding from French energy giant EDF.

Yesterday, after months of deliberation, the £18bn Hinkley Point project was given the go ahead with the condition that the legal framework around such facilities has been adapted to give the government more control. 

Ministers said the new agreement will impose "significant new safeguards" for future foreign investment in critical infrastructure.

Under the framework, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) will need to be informed by the developers or operators of nuclear sites of any change of ownership or part-ownership.

"This will allow the government to advise or direct the ONR to take action to protect national security as a result of a change in ownership," a statement said.

The power station will create 25,000 jobs, hundreds of apprenticeships and deliver seven per cent of the UK's electricity in 2025.

Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said: "Having thoroughly reviewed the proposal for Hinkley Point C, we will introduce a series of measures to enhance security and will ensure Hinkley cannot change hands without the government's agreement.

"Britain needs to upgrade its supplies of energy and we have always been clear that nuclear is an important part of ensuring our future low-carbon energy security."

The announcement confirming that Hinkley is finally to be constructed has raised the ire of some opposition groups. A group opposed to Hinkley, along with Greenpeace, delivered a 300,000-name petition to Downing Street calling for the project to be scrapped, shortly after the go-ahead was announced.

John Sauven, Greenpeace executive director, said: "This decision is unlikely to be the grand finale to this summer's political soap opera. There are still huge outstanding financial, legal and technical obstacles that can't be brushed under the carpet."

Horizon, the company behind the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station on Anglesey, North Wales, said: "New nuclear is vital for the UK's future electricity mix and so today's announcement on Hinkley Point C is good news for the country's security of supply and clean energy needs."

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