Ministers appear to have left the door open for a re-tendering of big steel contracts for the £18 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. Under questioning from MPs on the business select committee, and as the row deepens over the bidding process run by the French energy company EDF, Sajid Javid denied claims that Sheffield Forgemasters had not been given the opportunity to tender for some of the largest, highest-value steelwork for Britain’s first new nuclear plant in more than two decades. “My understanding is that EDF has not made any decisions, has not made a firm decision on the procurement of these issues,” the business secretary said. Pressed by Paul Blomfield, the Sheffield Central MP, Mr Javid added: “You are suggesting EDF has made decisions. I am not sure where you are getting your information from. I am not aware they [EDF] have ruled out one company or another. What we do know is Sheffield Forgemasters is perfectly capable of producing 80 per cent of the forgings required.”
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Hungarian government says in its communication on the Austrian opinion on Paks II state aid that Hungary joins the Hinkley Point case on the British side.
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