The High Court of Paris has rejected an appeal by EDF’s Central Works Council (CEC) over the court’s earlier rejection of its request to suspend the final investment decision for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project in the UK. A consultation process between EDF and the CEC on the Hinkley Point C project began on 2 May. However, the works council claimed it had not been sufficiently informed and consulted by EDF and submitted its request to suspend any final decision to the Paris High Court on 22 June. EDF’s board subsequently made its final investment decision on 28 July to go ahead with the £18 billion ($21.8 billion) project to construct two EPR reactors at Hinkley Point. The works council’s request was, however, rejected by the Paris High Court on 5 August and CEC subsequently appealed the court’s ruling. The court yesterday rejected CEC’s appeal, citing a 21 September decision by France’s supreme court of appeals, the Cour de Cassation. This decision stated that, for an appeal to be valid, a judge must make a ruling in such cases before the deadline for the works council to give its feedback. A hearing for CEC’s appeal was held in the Paris High Court on 22 September, the day after that decision. The judge said at that time the legal deadline for CEC to respond to EDF – 4 July – had already passed, so its appeal was declared inadmissible.
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British companies are looking to the construction of Hinkley Point C in Somerset, the country’s first nuclear plant for a generation, to help re-establish its expertise in atomic energy. More than 20 years have elapsed since the UK last built a nuclear reactor but, with an energy shortage looming, the government finally gave the go-ahead to the £18bn power station last month. At least five more are planned. Although it will be funded by France’s state-controlled utility, EDF, and its partner China General Nuclear Power, 64 per cent of the construction value has been promised to UK businesses. With about 500 nuclear reactors either planned or proposed worldwide, it is also hoped that Hinkley will help showcase British nuclear skills.
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