blow to EDF as Hinkley Point project chief quits for America
executive in charge of EDFs project to build an £18
billion nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea
has quit the French state-controlled electricity company for a
job in the United States.
Bakken III, the American who has served as project director for
EDFs Hinkley plant since 2011, is leaving to take up a new
role as chief nuclear officer for Entergy, an American utility
was responsible for the design, procurement, construction and
commissioning of the planned new nuclear plant, according to financial
will become executive vice president and chief nuclear officer
for Entergy from April 6th, the U.S. firm said.
departure comes as growing question marks loom over the multi-billion
£18billion project to build two new-generation nuclear reactors
at Hinkley Point is due to go ahead with Chinese partner CGN.
plan was first announced in 2013, but an investment decision has
been put off as EDF struggles to find partners and financing.
problems at two similar nuclear plants under construction in France
and Finland threaten more delays to EDF's British plans.