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EDF bosses called back by MPs

Hinkley Point C, EDF

MPs have summoned EDF chiefs back to Parliament over Hinkley Point C.

The cross-party Energy and Climate Change Committee said it had called back “senior representatives” of the power giant to explain a “further delay” in the investment decision for the £18bn Somerset scheme.

The go-ahead for Hinkley Point C was initially expected back in 2014, and contractors have had their hopes raised several times since then. EDF chief executive Vincent de Rivaz last month told the committee it was a “very reasonable assumption” that the investment decision would be taken this May.

However EDF said after a board meeting last week that it would enter a 60-day consultation with unions in France over the project – so the earliest a final investment decision now looks possible is late June.

Indeed French newspaper Journal du Dimanche quoted French economic minister Emmanual Macron recently as saying the decision would be taken in September.

Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee Angus MacNeil said: “When EDF appeared before us in March, company bosses were insisting that a decision would be made in May. At that hearing we said that we would call them back in if that timetable slipped again and that’s what we are doing now.

”If Hinkley does not go ahead it could have huge implications for our future energy security and efforts to cut climate-changing emissions. We will therefore be watching progress on this closely. If we have to see EDF back here in September as well, we will.”

EDF chiefs are expected before the committee in late May.

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