Where’s the Water Coming From?


The Planning Inquiry on the Sizewell C DCO is nearing the end date of 14th October 2021.

EDF summitted plans for a desalination plant, very late in the planning process, leaving IP’s(Interested Parties) including the Environment Agency, with very little time for the scrutiny this polluting plant deserves.

TASC has submitted a response to the Examiners on the desal plant, you can read it Here 

On Tuesday 5th October there will be an ISH(Issue Specific Hearing) on the proposals. Should you have concerns regarding the consequences of this ‘temporary’ desal plant, you can apply to speak at the live hearing or you can send in a written response to the EXA:

Planning Inspectorate case team: sizewellc@planninginspectorate.gov.uk or Call 0303 444 5000

You can also watch the livestream on the day or catch up later. Details on PINs website

TASC Concerns.

In January 2021 EDF stated in a document to PINs.

“Desalination: Installing modular desalination plant on
the main development site and abstracting seawater for treatment”:
“This option has been discounted in favour of alternative options, due to concerns with
power consumption, sustainability, cost, and wastewater discharge. The desalination
process is typically energy intensive, and the discharge of brine water as a result of
desalination may not be suitable for discharge through the combined drainage outfall

Why the change in water strategy? 

Northumbrian Water, who also own Essex & Suffolk Water, state they cannot guarantee supply of water for construction & the safe running of the nuclear plant, as things stand. A new pipeline, some 25km away, would need to be installed to abstract water from the River Waveney, this cannot be delivered before the due date of start of construction, hence the very late addition of the desalination plant.

Environmental Impact.

How can we be sure that this desalination plant will be temporary? Local MP Therese Coffey thinks it should be permanent!

Water will be brought in by tanker, in the early years, before the plant is built.

Where from?

Will these extra delivery’s cause more pollution on the roads?

What will the environmental impact be from pollutants running diesel generators 24hrs a day?

What will be the impact on fish stocks?

What will the effects be, from discharge of chemicals and hypersaline water (brine), on the Sizewell Bay?

TASC has been flagging up the lack of water, for the project, for well over 10 years. If we knew there was a problem why didn’t EDF?

These are just some of the many concerns TASC has on the introduction of a desalination plant.

Please write in your own words to:

The Planning Inspectors sizewellc@planninginspectorate.gov.uk

Your MP therese.coffey.mp@parliament.uk  Suffolk Coastal

peter.aldous.mp@parliament.uk Waveney

BEIS Secretary of State, Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP: enquiries@beis.gov.uk

Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, on finance. “No, we don’t want to pay for SZC” public.enquiries@hmtreasury.gov.uk

A few useful documents on PINs website.

Detailed Agenda for Issue Specific Hearing 15 (ISH 15) on the proposed
temporary desalination plant the subject of Change Request 19

Natural England

9.117 Sizewell C Desalination Plant Air Impact Assessment

Bill Parker