adds cost and delay risk to Hinkley nuclear plant, EDF warns
on trade and foreign labour caused by the UKs departure from
the European Union could mean cost hikes and delays to the Hinkley
Point C nuclear power plant near Burnham-On-Sea, EDF has warned
a submission to MPs, the French state-controlled company said the
UK would have to import goods and skilled labour from around the
world to make the "very substantial investments in new infrastructure"
the UK government is planning.
is a risk that restrictions on trade and movement of labour will
increase the costs of essential new infrastructure developments
and could delay their delivery," EDF said in a submission to
MPs on the business, energy and industrial strategy select committee,
newspaper The Times reported this week.
submission did not specifically mention Hinkley Point, but said
the UK would need "critical goods and services in the nuclear
supply chain and specialist nuclear skills."
project nar Burnham-On-Sea, costing £18bn, is the only new
nuclear power station currently approved in the UK.
raising concerns about the impact of Brexit on the planned new wave
of nuclear power plants in Britain was UK trade body, the Nuclear
Industry Association (NIA).
told the MPs that investors may be put off without "confidence
that there will be continuing access to skills, both specialist
nuclear skills from European/International companies and construction
labour and the easy supply of goods and services across EU borders,"
The Times reported.
without Brexit, Hinkley Point C, funded and developed by EDF with
China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) as a 33.5% stakeholder,
has already been identified as a risky proposition for the indebted
French firm, since two similar plants it is building in Finland
and France are heavily delayed and over budget.