jobs at risk at Hinkey Point while funding for project is stalled
to 400 contractor jobs at the new Hinkley Point C power plant
are at risk because finances for the nuclear build are still being
worked out, it has emerged this week.
EDF Energy has announced that it will not start the next phase
of work until it has made a final investment decision on the whole
firm said the jobs would not be axed - instead, a consultation
and a redeployment programme will be set up. Some 250 contractors
who work alongside EDF staff will remain.
have said a 45-day consultation for redundancy has been launched.
officer for the GMB, Phil Whitehurst, said: "The problem
seems to be the stalled final investment decision."
is the second time this process has been initiated by EDF. Questions
now need to be answered by the French government-owned company
whether they will complete the new build."
should now be a wake-up call for the next UK government to take
charge and manage the failing energy policy we have in place."
union, Unite, called for the final investment decision to be announced
and for the government resolve the issues facing Hinkley Point
as "a matter of urgency".
are currently 800 staff on site and for several months, preparation
works have been taking place such as building earthworks, drainage
works, concrete production facilities and culvert construction
- where water channels are built to move water around the site
- but now this is nearing completion.
said the second phase was being delayed as it would "require
a substantial increase in spending levels". A spokesman added:
"In the meantime, work to ensure the project's readiness
will continue, including project planning, engineering design
and commercial supply chain activities."
the company has said its talks with its investors are "making
October 2013, chancellor George Osborne agreed talks could begin
with two state-owned Chinese companies, China General Nuclear
Corporation and China National Nuclear Corporation. If those talks
are successful the Chinese investors could end up with a 30% stake
in the nuclear build.
are also continuing with a third investor, Areva, which may secure
up to 10% ownership. EDF has said it will also have up to 15%
stake of the company open for interested investors.