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EDF at final stage of Hinkley decision

Hinkley c pre construction works may 2015

EDF Energy has said its board in France is now at the stage of a final investment decision on the £18bn Hinkley Point C project.

This follows the conclusion of a several month long consultation between its Works Council and unions representing employees, during which EDF said Brexit was no barrier to the project.

Last week French unions CGT, FO and CFE-CGC issued a call for construction to be delayed on the project, amid Brexit uncertainty. Meanwhile unions in the UK called for the immediate go-ahead to demonstrate commitment to big infrastructure projects post-referendum.

EDF said that the referendum result does not change the fundamental features of the project nor the willingness of those involved to go ahead with it.

The statement from EDF at the conclusion of the consultation said: “At the end of the meeting this morning, employee representatives from the trade unions, CGT, FO and CFE-CGC supported a resolution stating they are not in a position to give their opinion about the project. The representatives from CFDT abstained from voting on this resolution.”

A spokesman for EDF told New Civil Engineer that there is no official date set for a decision and reiterated its official statement which said that company has reconfirmed its confidence in the Hinkley Point C project which has now reached the stage for the board’s final investment decision.

France’s economy minister Emmanuel Macron has urged EDF to make a swift decision.

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