No firm date for Hinkley decision says EDF boss

EDF UK Chief Executive Vincent de Rivaz has told MPs that he doesn’t know when the final investment decision will be taken for the Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power station in Somerset.

In evidence to the Energy & Climate Change Committee, Rivaz said a consultation with trade unions had begun on 2 May and would last for 60 days.

“I don't want to prejudge the outcome of the consultation the sooner we have the final investment decision the better,” he said.

“Never in the history of EDF has a project been as ready as HPC.”

French and British governments reaffirm commitment

In written evidence to the committee, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said: “The French authorities remain fully behind the HPC project and this was reiterated by President Hollande on 17 May.

“I can appreciate that a certain amount of impatience may be creeping in as the project is key for the UK’s energy and climate policy.”

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom, who appeared before MPs at the committee hearing, added that that the UK Government remains “fully confident” that the HPC project.
She said that nuclear power remained in “pole position” in her government’s energy policy.

Horizon assembles team for nuclear projects

Meanwhile, Horizon Nuclear Power – which is owned by Japanese industrial conglomerate Hitachi – has created a joint venture to build its proposed nuclear power station at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey.

The joint venture – known as Menter Newydd, which means “new venture” in Welsh – consists of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Bechtel Management Company and JGC Corporation.

Horizon, which also wants to build a nuclear power station at Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire, said it remains on course to complete its regulatory Generic Design Assessment for Wylfa by the end of 2017.

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