Brexit could lead to long delays to the renewal of the UK’s nuclear power grid – including joint projects with China and France. That’s because the British government has quietly declared its intention to leave Euratom as part of the Brexit process. Euratom has, since 1957, overseen the development of nuclear power and equipment in the European Union. Leaving the organisation will mean that the United Kingdom will need to agree nuclear agreements with other countries, a process that could take months or even years. As we’ve reported extensively over the last few months, EDF from France and China General Nuclear Power Corporation, have together formed General Nuclear Services (GNS). GNS will work on a number of new nuclear power projects in the UK, including at Hinkley Point C and Bradwell in Essex. These projects represent an investment worth billions of pounds by GNS, and so any delay will not be welcome.
Sino 6th Feb 2017 read more »
EDF defied opposition from the town council and local residents when they began road works that will create rat runs in town says councillor. The energy giant began hugely disruptive road works in the Bristol Road area of Bridgwater late last month as part of a project to improve access to Hinkley Point C, creating near gridlock in the town during rush hour. A local councillor has said EDF ignored concerns from local people and was given the green light to begin the plans directly from central government. Councillor Leigh Redman said: “EDF need Frederick road closed off so that they can put in place the access needed for their accommodation block.
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The health of the construction industry over the next five years is on a knife-edge, heavily dependent of a few politically sensitive infrastructure projects of huge scope, according to new industry forecasts. Industry fortunes depend on smooth progress for big infra like the £18bn Hinkley Point C and £14bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear power stations, and the £55bn HS2 rail project.
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Energy Voice 7th Feb 2017 read more »
Britain’s construction industry is on course to add 35,000 jobs a year for the next five years – but much of this expansion is dependent on massive troubled infrastructure projects. With infrastructure accounting for the largest part of the expansion, projects such as the £50bn High Speed 2 rail link and Hinkley Point and Wylfa nuclear power stations which have a combined price tag of more than £30bn need to get under way. In total the government has pledged £100bn on investment in infrastructure by 2021.
Telegraph 8th Feb 2017 read more »