board members in legal challenge to block Hinkley Point C
board members of French state-controlled utility EDF are petitioning
to have the courts annul last months board decision to push
ahead with the controversial Hinkley Point power project near Burnham-On-Sea.
board voted 10 to 7 in favour of the £18bn project late last
month to build two reactors with one board member resigning in protest
against EDFs strategy.
rebels on the board, all of whom represent the EDF unions, said
on Wednesday that the decision should be invalidated because Jean-Bernard
Lévy, the chief executive, did not tell them that the UK
government planned to delay its decision on the plant.
argue that this was key information that could have influenced the
voting by some administrators.
board members discovered they did not benefit from the same level
of information as the CEO and government representative," the
CGT, CFE-CGC and FO unions said in a statement. The CFDT union did
not sign the statement.
after the board meeting, the UK announced that it had postponed
its final decision until early autumn to allow time for further
firm Alain Levy, which represents the five union board members,
said on Wednesday that it had filed a complaint with the Paris commercial
court, adding that the case would be heard on September 5th. EDF
declined to comment.
has admitted that Jean-Bernard Lévy knew that a signing ceremony
scheduled for the project site on the day after the board meeting
had been pushed back by the UK. But the company insists that Mr
Lévy did not know that a full review would take place.
and its chairman had no knowledge of the intention of the British
government to conduct a further review of the Hinkley Point project,
the company said in a statement earlier this month.