EDF HAS postponed building Hinkley C creating a massive economic uncertainty across Somerset and Bridgwater and Highbridge in particular, according to reports. And James Heappey MP for Wells and Burnham said: “News that EDF have kicked the Hinkley can down the road again is unwelcome and is understandably causing concern for local businesses and residents. I understand that EDF are now to make the Final Investment Decision in mid-February to coincide with the publication of their annual results. Despite the doubters there’s still confidence in Hinkley C from Sedgemoor District Council. The leader Cllr Duncan McGinty said: “With a project of this size, the largest engineering project in Europe, one would expect delays along the road to completion. Sedgemoor remains optimistic that the final investment decision to proceed will come soon. We are seeing increased activity on the ground, we are in contact with Tier 1 contractors and we are gearing ourselves up to play our part in delivering this project to achieve the maximum benefit for the local community and economy.”
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County Councillor Leigh Redman was concerned. He said: “The further delay in announcing the final investment decision for Hinkley C is once again causing further concern in the communities in and around Bridgwater. It makes recent comments about a northern bypass look even more irrelevant, with political leaders saying that the bypass should have been actioned, but pointing fingers of blame for it not happening towards the government and EDF.” Stop Hinkley Spokesperson Roy Pumfrey said: “By our reckoning this is the ninth time EDF has said a final investment decision is imminent, and then nothing has happened. With all the problems that EDF has – the need to spend €55bn upgrading old French reactors; find €1.4bn to buy Areva and increasing waste disposal costs, I really can’t see how the situation will be any different by 16th February”. “Problems with the construction of other EPRs at Flamanville in France, Olkiluoto in Finland and Taishan in China continue to mount up. It is now looking increasingly likely that Hinkley Point C is dead in the water.”
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There will be no impact on jobs at Barnwood as a result of Gloucester headquartered energy giant EDF’s plans to open a major new nuclear office in Bristol, the company insists. News sneaked out through these pages last year that after months of placing the city headquarters at the heart of the new generation of nuclear power stations operations for that sector would actually be elsewhere. It also put a question mark over jobs. All the talk of Hinkley Point C in Somerset put EDF at the centre of attention and, we all thought, Barnwood too. And with near neighbours Horizon Nuclear Power at Gloucester Business Park it looked like Gloucester could become something of a hub of talent for the industry. EDF has now confirmed one half of the speculation – and announced a new nuclear-focused office in Bristol as Bridgewater House, a near namesake of Bridgwater near to Hinkley Point. But the French-owned firm moved to quell any fears about the impact on jobs at its Gloucester headquarters.
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EDF has appointed a new project director for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project after Chris Bakken left to take up a new role in the US. Philippe Bordarier, chief nuclear officer at EDF Energy Generation, will take up the position having been at the French company for two years.
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Letter: I WONDER if the postponement/cancellation of the new Hinkley Point nuclear power station to be built by EDF has anything to do with the problems that Chernobyl and the Fukishima plants presented to the world last year. At Sellafield we still do not have a solution to the problem of its and other UK nuclear plants’ waste. It seems incredible that any government is even contemplating the building of any more of these toxic monoliths, particularly on such a small island as this.
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France can’t build its own new nuclear power stations, let alone ours. My man with big binoculars in the Bridgwater Bay nature reserve tells me he’s seeing plenty of lorry movements on the nuclear site, but signals from EDF of France — which has a two-thirds interest in this £18 billion project, alongside Chinese investors — are very worrying. Analysts still expect EDF to go ahead, but the plant that should provide up to 7 per cent of future UK electricity needs can’t possibly come on stream before 2025. And the travails of Hinkley are reported to have ‘spooked’ Hitachi of Japan, which is in negotiations for another nuclear station at Wylfa Newydd in Anglesey.
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Hinkley Point nuclear power station lurched into another crisis after the director of the £18bn project quit. EDF’s executive director of nuclear new build Chris Bakken will leave his post to take up a role with American power firm Entergy Corporation. His resignation comes just days after EDF delayed giving approval to construction of Hinkley Point C as it struggles to find the billions of pounds to finance the deal.
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