Hinkley Point C construction ‘should be delayed until 2019’

Artist's impression of Hinkley Point C plantImage Copyright: PA The nuclear plant will be built next to two existing facilities at Hinkley Point in Somerset

Construction of Britain’s first nuclear power plant in 20 years should be delayed, a French union says.
Investment in Hinkley Point C should be held until 2019 so problems with a similar reactor design in France are solved, the CFE-CGC Energy Union said.

It comes after French firm EDF Energy agreed a deal in principle last year, to invest in the Somerset site.

Unions occupy six of the 18 seats on the board of EDF, which is yet to vote on a final investment decision.

The £18bn project has been plagued by delays, but publicly the firm has insisted a decision to move forward is imminent.

Speaking at the EDF annual presentation of accounts last month, chairman Jean-Bernard Levy said the final investment decision was “just ahead of us”, but he did not give an exact date.

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Source: BBC News

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