Nuclear Sizewell start date set for 2021 Written by The Energy Advocate on October 23, 2018 More in Nuclear: UK energy security under threat following Hitachi decision January 18, 2019 French grid calls for restart of coal plants January 17, 2019 Hitachi halts works on Wylfa Newydd January 17, 2019 EDF has confirmed it aims to begin construction of its Sizewell C nuclear power plant, in Suffolk, by the end of 2021. The French energy giant will hold its finals consultations with stakeholders on the scheme in January 2019 and will then submit planning applications in 2020 with the target to begin construction in 2021, according to EDF Energy chief executive Simone Rossi. Rossi, who heads the UK arm of EDF, said: “We believe that Sizewell C fits into a vision of Britain in the future and it has a role to play to replace ageing stations that are now retiring.” Earlier this year, EDF said its second UK nuclear power plant could be built with construction costs reduced by 25% by “copying and pasting” large aspects of Hinkley Point – the first new large-scale nuclear facility in a generation. However, with the rising costs and continued delays to Hinkley, this could not be such a good deal for consumers. While the UK is pushing forward its plans to replace its ageing nuclear fleet, countries around the world are working to remove nuclear from their energy mixes, including France which has recently accelerated its shift away from the power source due to growing concerns over its fleet.