With the final investment decision to build the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in Somerset, together with progress in other planned new nuclear projects, 2016 has been a “momentous” year for the UK, delegates at the Nuclear Industry Association’s Nuclear2016 conference in London heard yesterday. Opening the conference, NIA chairman John Hutton said: “If you look at the industry here in the UK, if you look at current and existing operations, if you look at decommissioning and if you look now at the tremendously exciting opportunities of nuclear new build, I think that the word ‘momentous’ is fully justified.” He added: “The one thing that has lit the tinder – the fuse of excitement across the industry – is of course the progress that we are making on new build. He described EDF Energy’s final investment decision on 28 July to go ahead with the £18 billion ($21.8 billion) project to construct two EPR reactors at Hinkley Point as “a huge milestone” for the UK nuclear industry. “If there ever was a vote of confidence on the ability and capability of the nuclear industry in the UK, that is it,” Hutton said.
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Tom Samson intrigued the conference floor when he suggested NuGen were looking for £20bn worth of finance for the Moorside project. He said they were in conversation with many potential partners and did not rule out a level of Government equity funding in the project.
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