Minister visits Hinkley to see power station plans for himself
Minister David Cameron visited Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea
to see the site for himself on Monday (October 21st), marking
the landmark announcement that Hinkley Point C was being given
the go-ahead by the government.
PM met with EDF bosses and local politicians during his flying
visit to the site, including MP Iain Liddell-Granger and Sedgemoor
District Council's Leader Duncan McGinty.
Prime Minister said during his visit: "Earlier
this month I spoke about our new industrial policy that looks
to the future, and about our determination to embrace new technologies
and back new industries and energy sources so that they can flourish
and help us build a rebalanced economy."
part of our plan to help Britain succeed, after months of negotiation,
today we have a deal for the first nuclear power station in a
generation to be built in Britain."
deal means £16bn of investment coming into the country and
the creation of 25,000 jobs, which is brilliant news for the South
West and for the country as a whole. As we compete in the tough
global race, this underlines the confidence there is in Britain
and makes clear that we are very much open for business."
also marks the next generation of nuclear power in Britain, which
has an important part to play in contributing to our future energy
needs and our longer term security of supply."
and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey, who was also at Hinkley
Point for the annoucement, added: "This is an excellent deal
for Britain and British consumers. For the first time, a nuclear
power station in this country will be built without money from
the British taxpayer. It will increase energy security and resilience
from a safe, reliable, home-grown source of electricity."
deal is competitive with other large-scale clean energy and with
gas and while consumers wont pay anything up front,
theyll share directly in any gains made from the project
coming in under budget and from refinancing or equity sales in
particular circumstances. We are creating one of the most attractive
electricity investment markets in the world and this is
a clear sign that investors are already responding, even before
our electricity market reforms become law."
Pictured: Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate
Change; Nigel Cann, Hinkley Point C Construction Director, Iain
Liddell-Granger MP, Prime Minister David Cameron, Henri Proglio,
Chairman and CEO of EDF Group and Vincent de Rivaz, CEO of EDF