Ministers from the UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) visited Hinkley Point C (HPC) on 23 January to see progress at the new nuclear power plant. HPC, under construction in Somerset, England, will be the first new nuclear power station to be built in the UK in almost 20 years and will provide about 7% of the country’s electricity. Under a deal agreed in October 2015, China General Nuclear took a 33.5% stake in EDF Energy’s project to build two Areva-designed European Pressurised Reactors. Plans are advancing for a near identical station at Sizewell C in Suffolk, and EDF Energy has said the advantages of replication of the UK EPR design means it can be built and financed at a lower cost for consumers. Kwasi Kwarteng, minister for business, energy and clean growth and Nadhim Zahawi, minister for business and industry met some of the 500 apprentices already hired by the project and saw the huge scale of construction under way in Somerset, EDF Energy said. Unit 1 is now being built above ground and the project’s next major milestone is completion of the base for unit 2, in June later this year.
World Nuclear News 27th Jan 2020 read more »
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Men’s Shed has been able to expand its facilities and start a women’s shed following a funding boost from the Hinkley Point C Community Fund.
Burnham-on-sea.com 28th Jan 2020 read more »