Point C project dealt a blow over 'faulty components' claim
to build Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea have this week been
given another setback after
reports that engineers may have falsified vital safety tests.
Times newspaper reports that the revelation has "plunged
the French nuclear industry into a new crisis" amid fears
that dozens of reactors in France and possibly the UK could be
claims that a French state-owned factory the Areva plant
in Le Creusot, Burgundy which has manufactured key components
used in more than half of Frances 58 nuclear reactors, may
have falsified safety reports on some of those components.
components may also have been installed by EDF Energy at some
of the 15 reactors it owns in Britain, says the newspaper.
nuclear safety regulator, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR),
says it is seeking answers about the claims from EDF.
But Roy Pumfrey, spokesperson for the Stop Hinkley campaign group,
said this week: "What little credibility Frances nuclear
sector had left has now completely evaporated."
now an end to Hinkley Point C is inevitable. If the Government
doesnt call a halt to this soon we will become the laughing
stock of Europe."
the stroke of a pen, David Cameron could launch projects sufficient
to save or generate the same amount of electricity as Hinkley
Point C which are capable of delivering long before 2025. And
studies have shown that scrapping Hinkley Point and building renewable
power instead could save the UK tens of billions of pounds."
Point C was originally expected to be generating power "in
time to cook Christmas dinner in 2017."
reactor under construction, Flamanville in France, is currently
six years late and around €7.2bn over budget. And another
reactor under construction, which is the same design, at Olkiluoto
in Finland is expected to be almost ten years late and €5.5bn
Thomas Piquemal, EDFs former chief financial officer, told
Frances parliament on Wednesday that he had wanted to delay
a final investment decision on building Hinkley Point C by at
least three years. He said the weight of the project on EDFs
balance sheet would be significant and EDF cannot afford a credit
final investment decision on whether to proced with Hinkley C
is currently expected to be taken by EDF in September.