Second, such a venture, if it receives government support, would not see nuclear costs doubling. Investors would need adequate return on their money. Sizewell C would offer 11 to 12 per cent return on electricity prices of about 3.7p per unit, almost exactly the price being paid to all other generators in the market today. Only Nuclear Electric, which sells most of its electricity through the pool, receives significantly less.
Third, Nuclear Electric's motives for privatisation are clear: to secure a long-term commercial future for the company. The dramatic improvements in our performance mean that privatisation is now an option for the Government. It would increase our exposure to competitors, maintain the downward pressure on nuclear generation costs and remove up to pounds 6bn of liabilities from the public sector.
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