Hinkley group vows to continue its campaign against the project
opposed to the £18bn development of Hinkley Point C power
station near Burnham-On-Sea have vowed to keep up their fight
Stop Hinkley campaign has declared its campaign against the proposals
to build a new nuclear station at Hinkley Point C are far from
over - despite a
multi-billion pound deal for Hinkley Point C being signed this
week with Chinese help.
Hinkley spokesperson Roy Pumfrey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There
is still every possibility that this reckless plan will be defeated."
will be the eighth time that EDF Energy has announced that a final
investment decision is just around the corner."
Levy, chairman of EDF, claims that hundreds of workers could be
starting work on the construction of two new reactors at the site
by the end of the year, but given the number of issues still to
be resolved one has to wonder which year he is talking about."
claims were not repeated in the EDF press release, which instead
listed a number of conditions we know will take one or more years
to fulfil, so if work does resume this year it will only be on
a very slow cosmetic basis."
campaign group added that much remains to be negotiated and many
them are flawed steel being identified on the reactor pressure
vessel and lid of an identical nuclear reactor being built in
Flamanville in Normandy. This could take 12 24 months to
resolve and no work could start at Hinkley Point until these safety
issues are resolved in France," said Mr Pumfrey.
"Also, due to severe financial difficulties and huge levels
of debt, the French Government has commenced a restructuring of
EDF and Areva NP into a merged company. This will also take some
considerable time to achieve, and is a major reason why the UK
was so desperate to secure Chinese investment."
"Furthermore, a legal challenge to the European Commission
by the Austrian and Luxembourg Governments, and a group of Austrian
and German renewable energy companies, over its approval of the
state aid deal for Hinkley Point will take at least a year or
more to resolve. If the courts find against the Commission the
whole financing deal will be placed in jeopardy. Construction
cannot seriously begin until the complete financing agreement
is in place, and that cannot be signed before all legal challenges
have been resolved."
"Also, a reliability clause is likely within the contract.
This will be linked in to the prior successful EPR operation being
constructed at Flamanville-3 in France. This nuclear reactor project
is now years behind schedule and billions over budget in being
realised. EDF has asked for a formal three year delay in this
project, being it will not be completed until at least 2020, 13
years after construction began."
A Hinkley Point protest by protesters (pics Paul Glendell)