chief urges government give go-ahead to Hinkley Point C
head of EDF Energy has urged the government to approve Hinkley Point
C near Burnham-On-Sea in an explict appeal ahead of a decision due
Minister Theresa May intervened last month to delay the £18
billion project, just hours after it was approved by EDFs
board. The government says it will make a final decision in the
Energy Chief Executive Vincent de Rivaz said the Chinese, who will
provide £6 billion of funding, are a trusted partner with
whom the French has worked in building two nuclear reactors in China.
cabinet colleague Vince Cable said May is concerned about Chinas
involvement, particularly in terms of national security.
Vincent de Rivaz said that the "project brings the benefits
of a 30-year partnership between EDF and CGN in nuclear construction
in China, a country with the largest civil nuclear programme in
the world. We know and trust our Chinese partners."
security concerns, he said all staff on nuclear projects were rigorously
vetted and the control systems at Hinkley Point would be isolated
from IT systems and the internet.
and its partners have agreed to fund the new stations, and in return
Britain has committed to paying a minimum price for the power generated
for 35 years. Critics say the strike price, which is around double
current market levels, is too high.
De Rivaz believes it is fair and said: "Hinkley Point C is
competitive with all other future energy options, even including
fossil fuels like gas when the cost of carbon is taken into account."