EDF engineers seek delay to Hinkley Point C project
engineers at French energy firm EDF have called for at least a
two year delay to the controversial Hinkley Point C project near
Burnham-On-Sea and recommended a redesign of the reactor technology,
according to national media reports this week.
Financial Times says an internal white paper written by
dissenting EDF engineers argues that Hinkley Point is so complex
and untested that the company should announce a later completion
date than its target of 2025.
paper, circulated among top executives, says the "realistic
service date" will be 2027 due to the size of the project
and continuing design modifications to the European Pressurised
white paper also makes the case for a "new EPR", calling
on the company to redesign the current reactor technology to make
it smaller, cheaper to build and less complicated.
EDF said in a statement on Tuesday (March 29th) that it is sticking
to the planned timetable. "The date for the first operation
of Hinkley Point C has not changed. It will be in 2025,"
has been hit by internal tensions over Hinkley Point C, with chief
financial officer Thomas Piquemal stepping down earlier this month
over concerns that the project could threaten the companys
have also raised concerns over the £18bn cost given EDFs
stretched finances. Two other projects in France and Finland using
the same EPR technology are both severely delayed and billions