Engineering professionals and companies have celebrated signs that the Hinkley Point nuclear project will get the green light from Brussels.
NCE reported yesterday that the Somerset new build scheme had been recommended for approval by the European Commission, which is investigating whether funding arrangements for the plant break state aid rules.
If it goes ahead, Hinkley Point will become the first new nuclear power station to be built in the UK for 20 years.
Alasdair Reisner, chief executive of trade body the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, said: “We are delighted that plans to build Britain’s first new nuclear power plant for a generation have been recommended for approval, and hope the project will be approved by the European Commission’s College of Commissioners without delay.
“CECA believes that new nuclear power stations will form the backbone of the mixed energy portfolio the country needs to maintain energy security. We must now ensure the momentum behind this project is not lost, and that work gets underway as soon as possible.”
Garry Graham, deputy general secretary of engineering trade union Prospect, added: “This is great news. Prospect has been lobbying for nuclear new build as a key component of our energy mix as we move to low carbon energy generation.
“New nuclear will provide safe, reliable, low-carbon energy generation for the UK and deliver energy security and much needed capacity. We keenly await the commission’s final decision.”