Friday, July 29, 2016

Greg Clark's statement about Hinkley Point

Following the confirmation by EDF of their commitment to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, the new Energy secretary Greg Clark made the following statement:

"The UK needs a reliable and secure energy supply and the government believes that nuclear energy is an important part of the mix.

“The government will now consider carefully all the component parts of this project and make its decision in the early autumn.”

EDF Group chief executive Jean-Bernard Levy said he remained confident it would go ahead. “I have no doubt about the support of the British government led by Mrs May,” he said.

China General Nuclear said in a statement: “We respect the new Government’s need to familiarise itself with a project as important to the UK’s future energy security as Hinkley Point C and we stand ready to help the Government in this respect.”

Downing Street were insisting that the project had not been delayed and there was an “agreed timetable” with the French government. According to the Telegraph here Theresa May told Francois Hollande, the French President, last week that she needed more time to make a final decision, but also sought to reassure him that the review was "not a sign of opposition." According to the Financial Times she said: “I have just become Prime Minister. It is my method”.

Downing Street has been strongly downplaying suggestions that the wish of a new PM and Energy secretary to be fully familiar with the proposal before giving signoff should be seen as a sign that the project is likely to be rejected.

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