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26May94 UK: SETBACK FOR SIZEWELL C - NUCLEAR ELECTRIC.

Nuclear Electric's plans to build the £3.5 billion Sizewell C power station in Suffolk suffered a severe setback last week, when energy minister Tim Eggar ruled out early privatisation of the industry.Announcing the terms of reference for the new nuclear review, Mr Eggar said privatisation 'would not be practical to do in this parliament'.The decision means fresh uncertainty for the project, which Nuclear Electric hoped would get the all-clear next year.But the firm is putting on a brave face. Chief executive Bob Hawley said: 'The UK will need to invest in new nuclear stations to ensure security and diversity of supply. Today Sizewell C offers the most cost-effective way of doing that.'Meanwhile, in another blow for the company, Suffolk County Council last week rejected Nuclear Electric's planning application to build Sizewell C's twin pressurised water reactors.A public inquiry into the proposals is now inevitable.Environmental groups have welcomed both developments. CONSTRUCTION NEWS