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Hinkley decision expected in May

Hinkley Point C

EDF chief executive Vincent de Rivaz has told MPs it was a “very reasonable assumption” that the long-awaited investment decision will be taken on Hinkley Point C in May.

Giving evidence to the cross-party Energy and Climate Change Committee, De Rivaz said the final go ahead for the £18bn Somerset nuclear scheme could be expected shortly after the French government – a shareholder in the power giant – approved support for the scheme.

Civil Engineering Contractors Association chief executive Alasdair Reisner earlier this year described the wait for the decision to build the Somerset nuclear plant as “extremely disappointing”.

“This project will go ahead,” said De Rivaz today. “It is difficult to imagine a stronger support than the one the French government has given to this project.”

He added: “I don’t want to give a specific day [for a final investment decision].

“Listening to the French minister, you think the latest day should be mid-May, I think it is a very reasonable assumption you are making.”

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