Plea over 25,000 jobs at EDF's Sizewell C nuclear plant

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Firms lined up to work on EDF’s Sizewell C nuclear plant in Suffolk say they need green light from Government by Christmas to protect 25,000 jobs

Firms lined up to work on EDF’s Sizewell C nuclear plant in Suffolk say they need a green light from the Government by Christmas to protect 25,000 jobs. 

The Sizewell C Consortium of more than 150 contractors warned of a looming ‘cliff edge’ because many firms’ work on Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset is coming to an end. 

They say they cannot plan to switch workers to Sizewell until it gets government backing. 

Dilemma: Contractors say they cannot plan to switch workers to Sizewell until it gets government backing

Dilemma: Contractors say they cannot plan to switch workers to Sizewell until it gets government backing

Cameron Gilmour, spokesman for the consortium, said Sizewell C will create 25,000 jobs and 1,500 apprenticeships over nine to 12 years. 

He added: ‘We want a decision this side of Christmas because from a supply chain perspective, we have thousands and thousands of jobs at stake here if we don’t get that continuity from Hinkley Point C to Sizewell C.’ 

Last week, the Government said in documents published alongside the Spending Review that it is pursuing ‘large-scale nuclear projects’. 

Further details will come in an overdue Energy White Paper. It has committed £525 million to nuclear projects, of which £100million could go to Sizewell C, led by energy giant EDF. 

A Government spokesman said: ‘We intend to publish the Energy White Paper before the end of the year.’

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