Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Hinkley Point decision critical for UK says EDF chief

The future of nuclear energy in the UK rests with EDF’s bid to make Hinkley Point C viable, a key figure warned this week.

EDF Energy managing director of nuclear new build Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson said the £16bn construction project needed to go ahead for the anticipated wave of new nuclear schemes to succeed.

The power giant is in talks with investors and contractors as it works towards a final investment decision on the Somerset plant that was first expected last year but could now be post-election.

Cadoux-Hudson said at an event in Westminster last week: “What I’m absolutely sure of is that, unless we are successful in making these next steps, it will be extremely difficult for anyone else to follow on in the UK.”

He remained positive that the scheme would go ahead.

“The unrest in large parts of Europe and in the rest of the world, the need for an indigenous source of supply, is a very important characteristic.

“I think that you’ll find that the marginal benefit of electricity greatly outweighs the cost for most people.”

The European Commission last October approved a package of measures to allow the UK government to subsidise the electricity produced at Hinkley Point C, and to guarantee some of the debt raised to finance its construction.

A wave of new nuclear plants has been called for to meet future UK energy needs. EDF has plans to develop Sizewell C in Suffolk, while NuGen’s Moorside plant in Cumbria and Horizon’s Newydd station on the Isle of Anglesey are also in the pipeline.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Surprising news indeed: Company that stands to make a fortune from privitised UK nuclear (French state-owned, how's that for privatisation?) says the project is critical to the UK needs to go ahead.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.