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Government to restart talks with EDF around construction of Sizewell C nuclear power plant




The government has announced it will restart talks with EDF about the construction of a new nuclear power plant on the Suffolk coast.

Boris Johnson approved the start of negotiations with the French energy company, which could see it take a financial stake in the £20billion Sizewell C project.

If the government financially backs the plant's construction, UK taxpayers could be liable for any cost overruns.

The nuclear power station at Sizewell, in Suffolk, UK, with pylons in the foreground.
The nuclear power station at Sizewell, in Suffolk, UK, with pylons in the foreground.

The government talks will focus on whether the plant will provide value for money and how its construction will compare to that of the Hinkley Point nuclear plant in Somerset.

Plans for the Sizewell C plant have been slammed by campaigners as being 'too expensive' and 'harmful to residents and wildlife'.

In September, Suffolk County Council called on EDF to listen to the concerns of Suffolk residents, who said the plans could have a negative impact on tourism and would increase traffic on the county's roads.

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