Currently, 16 nuclear reactors in the UK generate around a sixth of the electricity we need. All but one of these reactors will be retired by 2030. To replace them the government is planning to commission the construction of a new generation of nuclear reactors at eight sites in the UK.
The building of the reactors at each one of these sites could be a significant multi-billion pound project in its own right and generate thousands of construction industry jobs on a local and national scale. For example, at the peak of the work at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, which is planned to take place between 2015 and 2023, a workforce of approximately 6,000 people could be employed.
For further information about Hinkley Point C, visit EDF Energy's website here.
Hinkley Point C
This animation explores the inner workings of the EPR reactor and shows the different stages of the build, including earthworks, construction and electricity generation.
To find out more about the Hinkley Point C project, visit the EDF Energy website.
Facts and figures
The nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point C could produce power for five million UK homes.
The main earthworks will require the excavation of four million cubic metres of earth, the equivalent of 1,300 Olympic swimming pools.
The 230,000 tonnes of steel needed for the project could build a train track from London to Rome.
The three million tonnes of concrete required is 75 times the amount that was needed to build The O2 arena in Greenwich.
Compared to existing nuclear reactors, EPR reactors have enhanced safety features, are more efficient and produce less long-lived radioactive waste.
Did you know?
The electricity generated from Hinkley Point C will avoid 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year.