Developing Bradwell B in partnership
Bradwell B is a new nuclear power station at Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex. It is being progressed by joint partners CGN and EDF Energy.
Bradwell B will build on the long-established history of nuclear power in the area, creating long-term employment opportunities, tens of thousands of jobs during construction, and significant business and training opportunities.
Once operational, the new station would generate enough electricity to power about four million homes, making an important contribution to the UK’s future low carbon energy needs.
Applications and permits
A variety of consents and permits are required to build Bradwell B. These include acceptance of the reactor technology proposed for use at Bradwell B (the UK HPR1000) under the ‘Generic Design Assessment’ process. Permission to build a new station at Bradwell is applied for separately as part of a Development Consent Order application. These two key processes are explained below:
Generic Design Assessment (GDA)
The GDA process is used by the UK nuclear regulators (the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency) to assess new nuclear reactor designs. It allows the regulators to assess the safety, security and environmental implications of new designs, separate from applications to build them at specific sites.
We are currently at Step 4 of the GDA, which will include a detailed assessment of evidence submitted to-date, along with a consultation by the Environment Agency to seek views on its preliminary conclusions.
The Environment Agency is running its consultation from 11 January 2021 to 4 April 2021. All details including how people can respond to the consultation are available on their website: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/generic-design-assessment-of-general-nuclear-system-limiteds-uk-hpr1000-reactor
The separate GDA comments process continues. Comments can be made on the reactor design, safety and environmental aspects via www.ukhpr1000.co.uk.
The GDA process is targeted for completion in 2022.
Development Consent Order (DCO)
To build Bradwell B requires the granting of a development consent order. This is a special type of planning application for significant infrastructure projects, where an independent inspector is appointed to review our plans.
We are still in the early stages of developing proposals for Bradwell B, and as such do not expect to be in a position to submit an application for a while yet.
Once submitted, it can take up to 18 months for the inspector to review the application. They will then issue a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who will make the final decision.
For more information, visit the Planning Inspectorate’s website: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/application-process/the-process/.
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