Somerset is to be the new home of the planned Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station, and while there are many questions still looming over the proposal of a nuclear plant in the area, its presence would benefit Somerset economically. With an £18 billion price tag, there would certainly need to be big economic prospects for it to have the green light:
£100m is the expected annual benefit to the local economy during peak construction, and at this same time, up to 5,600 people will be working there, living in purpose-built hostels. These will be constructed in 2017, complete with football pitches and a gym. As for a look at the particular job prospects that come with Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station;
- Up to 25,000 jobs could be created during the lifetime of the project (not all at once)
- 5,600 jobs working on site at the peak phase of construction
- 1,000 apprenticeships
- 900 positions once the power station is built and operational
The desire to build a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point is an attempt to solve the increasing demands for energy in the UK, whilst also in-keeping with the limited fossil fuels available and protection of the environment.
Source: BBC News