The UK’s first nuclear power plant in a generation will not go ahead if the project’s Chinese investors pull out, according to experts. Recent reports claim Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to change the terms of the deal, specifically to prevent China from building their home-grown reactor at Bradwell. “Without Bradwell, CGN will be out,” Steve Thomas, Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Greenwich told Energydesk. “What Bradwell gives [China] is huge prestige that will help them in other export markets.” And if CGN is no longer involved then it’s curtains for the Hinkley project as a whole, according to Antony Froggatt, senior research fellow at Chatham House.
Energydesk 6th Sept 2016 read more »
Theresa May’s first big decision as PM was to duck out of a signing ceremony and review the Hinkley C nuclear project. But she will soon have to reach her decision. In this open letter Scientists for Global Responsibility set out six compelling reasons for her to let the whole monstrous white elephant go.
Ecologist 7th Sept 2016 read more »
A Welsh firm has been named as the preferred bidder for a 200,000-tonne order of steel for the UK’s first new nuclear power plant in decades. The order to Express Reinforcements for the Hinkley Point C project in Somerset is understood to be worth about £100m. It was placed by the Bouygues and Laing O’Rourke, the main contractors. Reinforced steel will be supplied from the firm’s Neath and Newport manufacturing centres using rod supplied by Celsa Steel in Cardiff. EDF Energy, which plans to build the power station, said: “In February this year, said that Hinkley Point C would be a significant opportunity for UK steel.
BBC 7th Sept 2016 read more »