bosses to be grilled by MPs over troubled Hinkley Point C project
Energy will be grilled by a group of MPs next week over the controversial
Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant near Burnham-On-Sea.
chief executive Vincent de Rivaz, and managing director of new
nuclear build Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, are due to appear before
the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee on Wednesday March
comes as French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron promised fresh
financing for the troubled £18bn project on Thursday.
has been forced to defend Hinkley after its chief financial officer
Thomas Piquemal resigned over the huge costs. It subsequently
sent a letter to employees reiterating confidence that the project
will go ahead.
hearing will give EDF Energy an opportunity to answer the committees
questions on the investment plans for a new nuclear power station
at Hinkley Point C," it said in a statement.
MacNeil, committee Chairman, added: "The government is counting
on new nuclear to supply a significant proportion of the UKs
demand for low-carbon baseload power in future."
focus right now is on Hinkley Point C but there are other important
projects in the pipeline. Serious questions are being raised about
the cost and viability of the Hinkley project and the value for
money for taxpayers."
it gets the final go-ahead, Hinkley will be the world's most expensive
nuclear energy project ever. It is scheduled to begin generating
in 2025, and is expected to provide seven per cent of the UK's