Letter Prof Bob Bradley: At the G20 summit, Theresa May, the Prime Minister, made it clear that Britain is “open for business” and, therefore, still a major force in the world economy. She also cast doubt on the future of Hinkley Point as it is presently planned, yet it is very clear that nuclear is the only real solution to our long-term electricity needs. Surely the time has come to reinvest in our nuclear power building capability, using UK expertise and companies. If necessary we should do what all industries do, recruit key individual personnel on the world jobs market. This route allows us fully to understand and control the systems we build, to train personnel at the cutting edge of new technologies and, critically, to invest taxpayers’ money in a new UK industry.
Telegraph 8th Sept 2016 read more »
Letter: The UK government is expected to conclude its review of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project in the next few weeks. As members of EDF Energy’s stakeholder advisory panel, we would like to set out the five main reasons we believe that it is strongly in the national interest to press ahead with the plant. The UK needs new nuclear generating capacity to replace its ageing fleet, to provide stable supplies of low-carbon electricity for decades to come and to reduce the country’s reliance on imported energy. Wind and solar have a crucial part to play in our energy future, but are by their nature intermittent sources of power. No one knows how long it will take for new technologies — such as advanced forms of battery storage or small modular nuclear reactors — to contribute to the energy mix at an affordable price.
FT 9th Sept 2016 read more »
A Welsh firm has been named as the preferred bidder for a 200,000-tonne order of steel for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project. The order to Express Reinforcements, placed by the Bouygues and Laing O’Rourke joint venture main contractors, is understood to be worth over £100 million. Reinforced steel will be supplied from the firm’s Neath and Newport manufacturing centres using rod supplied by CELSA Steel in Cardiff.
Bridgwater Mercury 8th Sept 2016 read more »
Wales Online 8th Sept 2016 read more »
A company from Bideford has secured a contract worth nearly £10million for work towards Britain’s first nuclear power station in nearly 30 years. TCi (GB) ltd has been named as the preferred bidder for the Hinkley Point C power station’s office and welfare equipment, with a contract worth £9.7million. Work on the project in Somerset – which is currently under review by the Prime Minister – would see the firm setting up infrastructure for the project team and is expected to create at least five more jobs.
North Devon Gazette 8th Sept 2016 read more »