government 'completely committed' to Hinkley C says Minister
will go ahead with construction of the £18bn Hinkley Point
nuclear power plant near Burnham-On-Sea and will begin agreeing
technical details in the coming weeks, the French economy minister
Macron, right, told the BBC that the project is "very
important" for France and EDF.
said: "We back the Hinkley Point project, its very
important for France, its very important for the nuclear
sector and EDF."
we have to finalise the work, and especially the technical and
industrial work very closely with EDF, with the British government,
to be in a situation to sign in the coming week or month."
on whether he thought the deal would go ahead, Macron added: "Thats
my view, and thats our perspective, because I think its
very important for our commitment to nuclear energy."
this month, the French energy minister, Ségolène
Royal, said that a postponement of Hinkley C was still under discussion.
views also appeared at odds with the message that EDF unions took
after meeting him last week, when he reportedly said he had not
yet decided whether to go ahead with the nuclear plant and that
a final investment decision would be taken by early May.
has yet to outline how it will fund the project. In October last
year, it agreed a deal under which China General Nuclear Power
Corporation (CGN) would pay a third of the cost of the project,
in exchange for a 33.5% stake.
EDF has been struggling to find the cash for its remaining 66.5%
stake and the cost of the Hinkley Point project now exceeds EDF's
says alternatives to Hinkley Point are "increasingly attractive".
Sauven, director of environmental pressure group Greenpeace, said:
"The French economy minister Emmanuel Macron says one thing
to a UK audience and another to the French."
has made it abundantly clear in French that no decision has been
"The reasons are clear: the costs are rising, the problems
are mounting, and the opposition in France is growing."
alternatives are looking increasingly attractive no matter which
language yo speak."
Point is set to power nearly six million homes and create over