Boris Johnson avoids detail on how China will be removed from Sizewell C deal. Boris Johnson avoided details when specifically asked about China’s state-owned energy company’s role in Sizewell C – and how they will be removed from the nuclear project amid concerns over national security. EDF and China General Nuclear (CGN) are joint developers of Sizewell C taking 80% and 20% shares respectively, though the Financial Times has previously reported that Whitehall is looking to push out CGN. At Prime Minister’s Questions, shadow business secretary Matthew Pennycook told Mr Johnson that “the Government’s Integrated Review concluded the Chinese state poses a systemic challenge to our national security” and asked him to explain “precisely how and when his Government intends to remove the CGN’s interest from the Sizewell C nuclear project?” Mr Johnson responded: “We don’t want to see undue influence by potentially adversarial countries in our critical national infrastructure and so that’s why we have taken the decisions we have.” The National Security and Investment Bill, currently going through parliament, is looking to give the government further powers to screen and potentially block sensitive foreign investments. Mr Pennycook later responded on Twitter: “We need certainty on the future of China’s involvement in UK nuclear power and clarity about how and when the Government intends to remove China’s state-controlled nuclear energy company from involvement in any future UK project.”
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Britain doesn’t want to see “undue influence” from potentially adversarial countries in its critical national infrastructure, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday when quizzed about Chinese investment in British nuclear power stations.
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The number of infrastructure projects being planned for a county is putting pressure on local communities, a councillor said. There are currently 14 Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) in Suffolk, which is 10% of the total for the UK. They include Sizewell C, solar and wind farms and Lowestoft’s Gull Wing bridge. The deputy leader of the county council, Richard Rout, said locals were “really feeling the toll”.
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