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Critics fear nuclear deal threat to security and environment

The Chancellor George Osborne has signed a multi-billion pound deal with China which will see two nuclear plants built in our region.

They will part fund a new reactor at Sizewell C in Suffolk and planning will also start on a Chinese-designed reactor at Bradwell in Essex.

Critics say it is a dangerous deal that threatens national security and has ecological implications. But those in favour say it will be a huge boost for our region.

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Chinese pledge to deliver 'safe' nuclear energy

Chinese investors in Britain's nuclear industry - including new plants in Essex and Suffolk - have said they will deliver "safe" energy.

The China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) and energy company EDF will jointly develop Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex.

He Yu, Chairman CGN, said: “Entering the UK’s nuclear market marks a new phase for CGN.

"At the same time this is also a triple-win for the existing nuclear energy partnership between China, France and the UK.

"CGN is highly committed to delivering safe, cost efficient, and sustainable energy and to supporting the UK’s goal of becoming a low-carbon society.”


Chinese nuclear investment will provide 'energy security'

The Government has said development of new nuclear power stations at Sizewell and Bradwell will provide "energy security".

The plants will be developed with joint funding from China and the energy company EDF.

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said: "The Government will support new nuclear power stations as we move to a low-carbon future.

"Hinkley Point C will kick start this and is expected to be followed by more nuclear power stations, including Sizewell in Suffolk and Bradwell in Essex.

"This will provide essential financial and energy security for generations to come."

Chinese to have majority stake in development of Bradwell nuclear power station

Chinese investment in nuclear power in Suffolk and Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A deal has been signed for Chinese investment in new nuclear power stations in Essex and Suffolk.

French energy giant EDF and the China General Nuclear Power Corporation have agreed in principle to develop Sizewell and Bradwell.

The Chinese firm will have a 20% stake in the development of Sizewell C.

An agreement has also been struck between the two firms to submit a Generic Design Assessment for Bradwell B, with the Chinese expected to take a 66.5% share.

Poll: Is Chinese nuclear investment in Sizewell and Bradwell a good idea?

Chinese investment into new nuclear power plants at Sizewell and Bradwell is expected to be confirmed today.

Supporters say it will bring jobs and opportunities to Suffolk and Essex. However critics have argued that Chinese involvement in our nuclear industry is a threat to national security.

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Announcement expected on Chinese involvement in nuclear power

Sizewell nuclear power station in Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Government is expected to announce a multibillion pound deal later which will secure Chinese backing for a nuclear power plant at Sizewell C in Suffolk.

The deal could also allow Chinese state-owned companies to design and build a nuclear reactor using their own technology at Bradwell in Essex.

Those in support say it's a huge boost for the region, but concerns have been raised about national security as well as ecological and environmental concerns.

Professor Steffen Boeh, Director of Essex Sustainability Unit Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's too much of a gamble to be honest. It' a new Chinese reactor that will be built here, the first one in the western world and there's no track record of the Chinese being able to build safe and to cost reactors."

– Professor Steffen Boehm Director, Essex Sustainability Unit
Bradwell in Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

Fears over Chinese involvement in East Anglian nuclear industry

There are fears over the future security of our East Anglian nuclear industry over Chinese involvement in new nuclear reactors planned for Essex and Suffolk.

It's expected that China will invest in a new nuclear power stations at Sizewell and Bradwell. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Chinese president has arrived in the UK for a four day tour and it's expected that a deal will be announced for his country's investment at both Sizewell in Suffolk and Bradwell in Essex.

No other Western country has given China such a large stake in its power industry and critics say it poses a huge threat to our national security but the government says tough safeguards will be in place.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

The nuclear options for the East of England

A new nuclear power station could be built at Bradwell in Essex within the next decade. Credit: ITV News Anglia

British, French and Chinese cooperation that could mean new nuclear power stations are built in the East of England.

The government's on the verge of signing a deal that would give the green light to building new nuclear reactors at Bradwell in Essex and Sizewell in Suffolk.

The Essex plant is expected to be built in the next decade.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

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