March 9, 2016
TV star Carol Vorderman calls for halt to Hinkley Point 'debacle'

TV star Carol Vorderman has waded into the Hinkley Point power station debate by calling the project a "debacle".

Ms Vorderman tweeted: "Isn't it time to stop this debacle now? A system of generation where you and I will subsidise the cost by billions."

"I'd replace with the Severn Barrage or tidal lagoons. Cheaper, safer and better than Hinkley Point," she added.

Her comments come as the future of the £18bn project to construct two reactors at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea has been called into question this week by the resignation of Thomas Piquemal, EDF’s finance chief.

Mr Piquemal left the company over the weekend reportedly because of fears that the huge cost could prove too much of a strain on the company’s balance sheet. But Jean-Bernard Levy, chief executive of EDF, has given his support to the project, as we reported here.

EDF's £18billion project to build two new-generation nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point is due to go ahead with Chinese partner CGN.

The plan was first announced in 2013, but an investment decision has been put off as EDF struggles to find partners and financing.

Technical problems at two similar nuclear plants under construction in France and Finland threaten more delays to EDF's British plans.

Pictured: TV star Carol Vorderman, who has spoken out against Hinkley Point C this week (pic 21stCenturyGreenstuff)


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