Business Secretary Grant Shapps announced in the House of Commons on Tuesday that the Sizewell C nuclear power plant will create at least 10,000 jobs during its construction after the project finally got given the green light. The plant, located in Suffolk, will also generate thousands more jobs in the supply chain, the Business Secretary added as he made the announcement which could bring a huge energy boost to the UK’s energy independence.
Mr Shapps said in the Commons: “The development of Sizewell C nuclear plant has been given the green light, will not only generate cleaner, cheaper low carbon electricity to the equivalent of six million homes, but will also generate 10,000 jobs during construction and thousands more in the supply chain”.
Supporters of Sizewell have long been calling for the plant’s construction to begin, and today’s announcement has confirmed a £700,000 contribution from the Government. According to ministers, the move to take a 50 percent stake in the project’s development will help to provide “reliable low-carbon power” for over 50 years in a major win for the UK’s energy security.
It comes as Britain’s crippling addiction to fossil fuels has laid bare its vulnerability to the volatile international gas market which remains largely at the mercy of Russian President Vladimir Putin due to Russia’s huge control over supplies.
While Britain only got four percent of its gas from Russia last year, when Moscow curtailed supplies to Europe (which got 40 percent of its gas from Russia before the Ukraine war), it hiked up wholesale global gas prices and had a huge impact on UK billpayers, who are now paying double the amount for their energy compared with last year on average.
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