EDF has announced its Flamanville nuclear power plant in France will see a spending increase of €1.5 billion (£1.35bn), bringing its total construction costs up to €12.4 billion (£11.2bn). It says this extra finance will be required to fix 66 faulty welds – among these are eight containment penetration welds the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) has asked EDF to repair. The nuclear facility was originally projected to cost €3.3 billion (£3bn) and to start operations in 2012 and only last month the French energy giant said the cost of building the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant could increase by up to £2.9 billion.
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The UK’s most influential conservative thinktank has published at least four books, as well as multiple articles and papers, over two decades suggesting manmade climate change may be uncertain or exaggerated. The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has issued publications arguing climate change is either not significantly driven by human activity or will be positive. The group is one of the most politically influential thinktanks in the UK, and boasts that 14 members of Boris Johnson’s cabinet, including the home secretary, foreign secretary and chancellor, have been associated with the group’s past and current initiatives.
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