Point C has 'wrong design and is too expensive' says expert
planned Hinkley Point C power station, near Burnham-On-Sea, is
too expensive and uses the wrong type of reactor, a retired nuclear
scientist and regional landscape campaigner has claimed this week.
The planned £24.5bn nuclear power station is under growing
criticism from the energy industry and the City as the Government
prepares to give the final go-ahead for the heavily subsidised
project this autumn.
series of hurdles remain before construction starts but with £7.2
million already paid by EDF Energy to West Somerset Council (WSC)
and around 1,000 highly qualified staff required to run the facility,
the benefits to the region are clear.
of the project, which is due to open in 2023 when the current
reactors are phased out, say its European Pressurised Reactor
(EPR) remains unproven.
Phillip Bratby, a leading member of the Campaign to Protect Rural
England (CPRE), who worked in the nuclear industry as a safety
engineer for years, says the plant will be safe, low carbon and
provide the constant 'baseline' power which even a thousand wind
turbines could not match.
he believes the Government acted too hastily in sanctioning the
current design before others were given a chance to provide a
more economical alternative.
think that in picking the EPR they have chosen the worst of the
three options available in terms of reactors," he said in
a national newspaper interview this week.
is just a bigger version of an older design and not much different
from Sizewell B but with a lot of added features. Other designs
are much better, cheaper, and easier to build and operate."
EPR was just first in the queue and the first to get licensed.
They have chosen the wrong design and paid a lot more money than
was necessary. I dont think Ed Davey got a particularly
have pointed out that the EPR reactor will cost as much as the
combined bill for Crossrail, the London 2012 Olympics and the
revamped Terminal 2 at Heathrow.
about Hinkley Point have also deepened after a detailed report
by HSBCs energy analysts described eight key challenges
to the project, which will be built by the state-backed French
firm EDF and be part-financed by investment from China.
challenges include declining demand for power in the UK, which
is currently falling at the rate of 1% a year as energy-saving
measures take effect.
Minister David Cameron is expected to sign a final deal in October.