Point expansion edges closer as nuclear licence is granted
first nuclear site licence for 25 years has been granted to Hinkley
Point near Burnham-On-Sea.
Office for Nuclear Regulation has this week awarded the licence
to NNB Generation Company, which is handling the bid to build
the new reactors.
means the company has developed the required plans, procedures
and structures to build a new power station. However, the government
still needs to give the go-ahead before it can be built.
GenCo, a subsidiary of EDF Energy, is also waiting on a permit
from the Environment Agency and both decisions are expected before
the end of this year.
Office for Nuclear Regulation said it spent the equivalent of
6,000 days assessing whether the company was suitable and capable,
at a cost of £8m, which NNB GenCo will pay.
HM Chief Nuclear Inspector Mike Weightman said: "Granting
a nuclear site licence enhances our regulatory control of the
activities associated with designing and constructing nuclear
facilities. NNB GenCo will now be required to comply with 36 conditions
attached to a nuclear site licence."
conditions provide The Office for Nuclear Regulation with the
necessary regulatory powers to ensure the protection of people
and society from the hazards associated with such nuclear power