New Nuke OK’d in UK

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 @ 05:03 PM gHale


It is all ahead full for the first of a planned new generation of nuclear power plants in the UK.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey told MPs in the Commons he was granting planning consent for French energy giant EDF to construct Hinkley Point C in Somerset.

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The proposed $21.14 billion (£14 billion) power plant would be capable of powering five million homes.

Davey said the project was “of crucial national importance” but environmental groups reacted angrily.

The building of Hinkley Point C should clear a path for new plants across the UK. The project will create between 20,000 and 25,000 jobs during construction and 900 permanent jobs once in operation.

Davey told the Commons: “The planning decision to give consent to Hinkley Point follows a rigorous examination from the Planning Inspectorate, and detailed analysis within my department.

“This planned project adds to a number of new energy projects consented since May 2010, including wind farms and biomass and gas-fired power stations.

“It will benefit the local economy, through direct employment, the supply chain and the use of local services.”

The news is a boost to the nuclear industry following a series of setbacks in plans to construct a new fleet of reactors in the UK, which ministers say will cut carbon and keep the lights on.

The move could lock a generation of consumers into higher energy bills, via a strike price that should double the current price of electricity.



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