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EDF submits planning application for two EPR units at Sizewell

France’s state-owned energy company EDF has submitted an application to build two new EPR units at Sizewell C in Suffolk, southeast England.

The application for a development consent order, or DCO, was deferred for two months in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic, EDF said.

EDF, which is building two new Generation III EPRs at the Hinkley Point C station in Somerset, southwest England, has said it can significantly reduce the cost of Sizewell C, including by transferring workers and equipment between the two.

The company said the new power station will provide a huge stimulus to the UK economy following the coronavirus pandemic. Around 25,000 employment opportunities and 1,000 apprenticeships will be created during construction.