Five weeks after now retired UK EDF chief Vincent de Rivas declared that Sizewell C was "likely to start in 2031" (EADT 31.10.17) Sizewell C project chief Jim Crawford headed a team at a Stage 2 report-back meeting at Stratford St Andrew on 16th November. Rivaz said Hinkley Point C reactor - just dong ground works - was likely to produce electricity in 2005, and that the ten year Sizewell C reactor(s?) could start being built in 2021 subject to A12 rad improvements. For this, see next story below....
The reprt back meeting was low key, lack-lustre and despite claims of consultation support the controversial Eastbridge workers' campus and one of three options for a permanent jetty into the sea (SAGE says this is a harbour), a closer reading maybe gives a different picture. Admitting traffic is the biggest problem, the EDF team said they would refine the Park&Ride at Wickham Market, and look further at issues on the 8 areas where they gave options un the consultation questionaire.
It was admitted that the AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) was a big issue too. Questions about the size of the land-take, level crossing problems if rail was re-opened and other issues were diplomatically distanced by the EDF Project Planner saying that Stage 2 was "just a flavour" and "we're on a journey". If its starting in 2021 - as Rivas sad - it will be a very dramatic journey !
On the deeper issues, Crawford said there was still a business case to be done, and an "appraisal of "sustainability", something it looks like being required to do by law, on a much wider agenda of issues under proposed new nuclear sites Regulations (see above). He also claimed that Sizewell was the "next affordable" nuclear project in the UK. despite headlines about Wylfa, a new plan for Sellafiled (Moorside) and China's CGN company project at Bradwell. Deeper issues are important but remain to be tested: was the Stage 2 full Report and its many proposals -including a mini consultation on compensation - what was being consulted about, or was it just the eight themed areas with their often misleading options ? Many organised groups happily ignored the loaded questionaire, but their responses were not reported to us. SAGE - and others - have collected these together: they include strong responses on nature, environment, traffic, "suitability", safety. That's just a but of the likely new "sustainability" requirement. Let's hope that's not going to be done in a rush to meet the 2021 deadline !