Tuesday 26 April 2016

MPs call back EDF chiefs for Hinkley questioning

MPs call back EDF chiefs for Hinkley questioning

Senior representatives from EDF are being asked to return to Parliament to explain the further delay in making a final investment decision on the Hinkley nuclear project.

CEO Vincent de Rivaz initially appeared before the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) last month to provide evidence regarding the status of the plans to build two new reactors at Hinkley Point C in Somerset.

Mr de Rivaz told the committee a decision would be taken “very soon” and confirmed French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron suggested it would be in “early May”.

However Mr Macron recently said the decision has been pushed back until September.

Angus MacNeil MP, ECC Chair said: “When EDF appeared before us in March, company bosses were insisting that a decision would be made in May. At that hearing we said that we would call them back in if that timetable slipped again and that’s what we are doing now.

“If Hinkley does not go ahead it could have huge implications for our future energy security and efforts to cut climate changing emissions. We will therefore be watching progress on this closely. If we have to see EDF back here in September as well, we will.”

While the exact date hasn’t been confirmed, the hearing is expected to take place in late May.

Last week Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said a delay or cancellation of the Hinkley project could lead to an increase in energy bills and jeopardise the UK’s decarbonisation targets while lawyers claim the French Government’s plans to provide financial support could be illegal.

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Bruna Pinhoni

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