It seemed nuclear was never far away from the headlines in 2015, and 2016 promises to be more of the same. 2015 was a pivotal year for the industry with continued progress on nuclear new build and, importantly a commitment in the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) for the research and development of new nuclear technology. As we enter 2016, all the indications are that civil nuclear power will remain the Government’s priority and momentum will be maintained. With regard to new build, all three developers are moving forward in their projects. EDF Energy is close to a Final Investment Decision for Hinkley Point C following the Strategic Investment Agreement signed in October 2015. This will be the green light for the project, allowing Hinkley Point C in Somerset to jump forward into its construction phase, providing 25,000 jobs to the UK and delivering significant contracts to local and national companies. Meanwhile the other two programmes, Horizon Nuclear Power and NuGeneration, are progressing rapidly through milestones that will ultimately lead to their own final investment decisions.
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