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Hinkley nuclear plant gets green light from Europe

The proposed new-build nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset has been recommended for approval by the European Commission (EC).

Hinkley new build

Artist impressiono of the Hinkley Point new build plant.

Since December, the EC has been investigating whether funding for the £16bn plant broke state aid rules.

Hinkley Point C would be the first new nuclear plant to be built in Britain since 1995. French firm EDF Energy is developer of the facility.

A spokesman for the EC said: “Our discussions with the UK authorities have led to an agreement.

“On this basis, vice-president Almunia will propose to the college of commissioners to take a positive decision in this case. In principle a decision should be taken within this mandate.”

A spokesman for EDF: “”Hinkley Point C is an important project which will deliver Europe-wide objectives, offering the prospect of reliable, secure and low-carbon electricity for many decades to come as well as boosting jobs and skills.”

The recommendation must now be approved by the commission’s College of Commissioners.

A final decision is expected in October.

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