EDF Energy Chief Executive Vincent de Rivaz is to give evidence to MPs on the House of Commons Energy & Climate Change Committee over the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

News of his appearance before the committee comes as French economy minister Emmanuel Macron threw his weight behind the Hinkley project, promising to recapitalise EDF if needed.

The committee is investigating the future of Britain nuclear power industry and will also question: Zhu Minhong, General Director of UK Nuclear Projects at China General Nuclear; Tom Samson, Chief Executive at NuGeneration; and Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer at Horizon Nuclear Power.

Other commentators giving evidence include: Peter Atherton, Managing Director and head of European utility sector research at Jefferies; Simon Taylor from the Judge Business School at University of Cambridge; and Douglas Parr, Chief Scientist and Policy Director at Greenpeace UK.

‘Serious questions’

Angus MacNeil, Chair of the Energy & Climate Change Committee, said: “The UK 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.”

> Read the committee's statement