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MPs demand Hinkley answers

Hinkley Point C, EDF

An influential panel of MPs has called on ministers to explain what they are doing to encourage a green light for the long-awaited Hinkley Point nuclear project.

Energy and Climate Change Committee chair Angus MacNeil wrote to energy secretary Amber Rudd over the £18bn Somerset scheme.

The letter came after Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of Hinkley Point promoter EDF Energy, told the cross-party committee a final investment decision on the project could reasonably be expected in May.

The French government – a shareholder in the power giant – is yet to finalise its package of support for the scheme.

MacNeil wrote: “The fate of the project is clearly now in the hands of the French government.

“I note the scale of the Hinkley project and its importance to the UK Government’s approach to ensuring we meet our decarbonisation targets and achieve energy security. As such I would like to know what pressure the UK Government will be applying to the French Government to secure the decision it wants regarding when, if at all, this project will progress.”

The letter also asked Rudd what costs the UK taxpayer would bear if the project was cancelled.

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”.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Its still a disgusting figure - 18bn for 3GW. Its uninsured. The waste issue is immoral and its the wrong solution. It offers no local engineering job as a substantial percentage of the total workforce. All components come from overseas. Nothing there to hang our hat on and be proud of.
    I hope the project gets cancelled. A barrage solution in the estuary and elsewhere on the west coast is much more valuable and provides protection against coastal flooding. They would also last longer; they would involve Brits and British labour. All good for the British economy.

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