Point C project 'on verge of collapse' say nuclear campaigners
at EDF's Hinkley Point C development project are a sign that the
whole scheme could be on the verge of collapse, according to local
campaigners this week.
announced on Tuesday (April 23rd) that it is cutting the number
of people working on the project even though the plans for the
new power station were approved by the Government last month.
decision to cut jobs comes as the company continues to negotiate
with the Government on how much it will be paid for electricity
if the new station eventually goes into operation.
company said the reduction in jobs will help it to control costs
"ahead of securing the project's financing necessary."
Theo Simon from the Stop Hinkley campaign told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"With todays announcement of further lay-offs at Hinkley
C, it looks like EDF could be preparing to pull-out."
is a growing tide of challenges now being raised against the new
nuclear plant - including doubts over its radioactive waste plan,
EU competition laws, lack of adequate investment and the continued
failure to reach agreement over fixing our future electricity
prices in advance - so it's not surprising that EDF are ready
to cut their losses and run. But it will of course be a blow to
the people in West Somerset who have pinned their hopes on EDFs
PR promises of jobs and prosperity for all."
"The scary thing is that, despite EDFs assurances that it
is not 'holding a gun to the governments head', this announcement
may also be another attempt to up the pressure on failing negotiations
over the guaranteed future energy price, which EDF want to fix
for the next 40 years at twice the current rate, at our expense."
it is a negotiating ploy, its a very cynical way to play
with the livelihoods of the people getting laid off. It doesnt
bode well for the reliability, loyalty or honesty of the French
state corporation, which wants to tie the fortunes of our county
and our national energy supply to its own until the next century."
"The sad situation now facing Hinkley C workers highlights
the negligence that the County and District Councils showed towards
the interests of Somerset and its people when they jumped
so compliantly onto EDFs bandwagon without first making
sure that the project was economically and ecologically sustainable.
I hope that people will be remembering that when they vote in
next weeks county council elections, and checking where
candidates stand on Somerset becoming a radioactive waste dump
for the next few thousand years."
the leader of the union representing 21,000 workers in the nuclear
decommissioning and energy supply industry has called on all parties
involved in the negotiations to redouble their efforts to reach
an agreement on a price for electricity generated by Hinkley C.
Alan Leighton, the National Secretary of Prospect, said: "Our
members fear that any delay in the preparation work could impede
or delay EDF's ability to bring the project to fruition once agreement
has been reached. Prospect is committed to an appropriate energy
mix for the UK, including gas and renewables, but it is undoubtedly
the case that nuclear and nuclear new build will be pivotal if
we are to achieve the twin goals of capacity and security of supply."
"We hope that this announcement will encourage all involved
in the talks to redouble their efforts to agree a strike price.
Particularly as it comes so soon after the recent warning from
outgoing Ofgem head, Alistair Buchanan, that we are facing an
imminent capacity crunch in the UK unless urgent action is taken.
Without an agreement we risk losing a once-in-a-generation opportunity
to meet the country's decarbonisation targets and help build a
new economy that provides good quality jobs and growth for the