There is ‘no excuse’ now for French energy firm EDF to continue to delay giving the final go-ahead for the £18 billion Hinkely C nuclear power station to be built in Somerset. That was the call from union leaders in the West who are backing the proposal, following the summit meeting to discuss the delays between David Cameron and French president Francois Hollande.
Western Daily Press 5th March 2016 read more »
Paul Flynn MP: The issue I would like to raise is one that was raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Aberavon (Stephen Kinnock). It is the sole point I want to make and it relates to the future of energy in Wales. If we look at our map and our potential, our North sea oil, which is Scotland’s great treasure, is the tide and hydroelectric power. We have allowed this immense source of energy to run to waste untapped. There is an extraordinary devotion to Hinkley Point, which I find inexplicable. It is based entirely on a stubborn view that will not accept the truth and the scientific reality. It will not accept that Hinkley Point is the final manifestation of a technological blind alley. It is an EPR reactor. The one in Finland is now seven years late and €6.7 billion over budget. It will probably never work. The one at Flammanville has had a terrible technological problem in the roof of the reactor’s vessel, and it will probably never finish.
Hansard 3rd March 2016 read more »