We're investing in the future of nuclear energy
In just a few years - during the early 2020s - many of the UK's power stations are expected to close. If they are not replaced, there might not be enough electricity supply to meet the demands of houses and businesses.
To provide a secure energy supply for the future, the UK needs a diverse and balanced energy mix. Nuclear power stations make an important contribution to this mix, as they reliably generate low-carbon electricity. Nuclear power is the most affordable large-scale, low-carbon energy source currently available to the UK.
We are committed to helping secure the UK’s energy future by investing in an energy mix that balances the needs of low-carbon emissions, security of supply, and affordability. We own and operate eight of the UK's ten existing nuclear power stations, and are building a new one at Hinkley Point C in Somerset. In addition, we are jointly developing other new build proposals with China General Nuclear Power Corporation, with EDF Energy leading on Sizewell C in Suffolk, and CGN leading on Bradwell B in Essex.
Hinkley Point C
Hinkley Point C is the first nuclear power station to be built in the UK for more than 20 years. It will have the capacity to generate safe, reliable, low-carbon electricity; enough to power around 6 million homes over an anticipated lifespan of 60 years. Other benefits include:
- 25,000 new employment opportunities created during the construction period
- £200 million per year going into the regional economy during peak construction
- 9 million tonnes of CO2 emissions offset every year of operation