of Hinkley Point C project delayed again, confirms EDF Energy
has admitted that the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear
power station near Burnham-On-Sea has been delayed again.
French energy company said Hinkley Point C in Somerset will not
start generating power in 2023 as planned.
says it will provide a revised timetable for the £24.5bn
plant when it takes a final investment decision on the project.
news comes as a report for the OECD says that the UK's projected
nuclear costs are the highest in the world.
delay to Hinkley Point delay is bad news for the government. The
UK's old coal-fired power plants will be forced to close before
2023 under EU air quality rules and the gap in generating capacity
will have to be filled some other way.
has been struggling with securing finance for the project but
hoped to secure Chinese funds when the Premier Xi Jin Ping visits
London next month.
chief executive, Jean-Bernard Levy, said he still had "full
confidence in the success of the Hinkley Point project."
it has been dogged by finance problems and negotiations with the
EU over state aid.
OECD report shows that the cost of a nuclear plant in Britain
is projected to be almost three times higher than in China or
Stop Hinkley Campaign said the latest news makes the Hinkley Point
C project even less likely to go-ahead.
week there are new revelations about this disastrous project,"
said Stop Hinkley spokesman Roy Pumfrey. "EDF is becoming
the joke of the utility world. The company is clearly in a hole
it needs to stop digging, give up on this scheme and let
the rest of us get on with planning a sustainable future for Somerset."