D-day for Hinkley Point nuclear power station decision
The Government is expected to signal the go-ahead for a £14billion new nuclear power station to be built at Hinkley Point in Somerset today.
The Hinkley Point C plan has already got the go-ahead from the Environment Agency, and permits have been issued for the power station to be built, but the final hurdle lies with Energy Secretary Ed Davey.
The minister has to approve planning permission for the third nuclear reactor on the Somerset coast, and also has to offer an acceptable deal to French nuclear power firm EDF Energy which will guarantee a good enough return on electricity produced.
It will be a major shock if Mr Davey effectively turns down the power station plan, despite a long and vociferous campaign by anti-nuclear protestors. A new Hinkley C will create thousands of jobs, both in building the plant and running it when it is open. It would be one of the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects in years.
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