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Hinkley chief called in front of MPs

Parliament

EDF chief executive Vincent de Rivaz has been summoned by MPs to give evidence on the future of the nuclear industry.

De Rivaz, a leading figure at the French power firm behind the much heralded but still awaited Hinkley Point C project, will appear before the Energy and Climate Change Committee on Wednesday 23 March.

The one-off evidence session will also hear from key figures at Horizon, which has proposed nuclear power schemes in Wales and South Gloucestershire, and NuGen, which is promoting a project in Cumbria.

Researchers, academics and environmentalists will also appear before the cross-party panel.

Committee chair Angus MacNeil said: “The government is counting on new nuclear to supply a significant proportion of the UK’s demand for low-carbon baseload power in future.

“The focus right now is on Hinkley Point C but there are other important projects in the pipeline. Serious questions are being raised about the cost and viability of the Hinkley project and the value for money for taxpayers.

“The committee will hear from commentators that have raised concerns about financing nuclear projects. We will also question the chief executive of EDF and other companies planning to build reactors about the challenges for new nuclear across the UK.”

While the wait for an investment decision on Hinkley Point C in Somerset goes on, De Rivaz told the Parliamentary Group on Energy Studies on 1 February: “I can tell you that I am absolutely confident that Hinkley Point C will be reaching a final investment decision soon.”

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