Hinkley Point receives EC blessing

The European Commission (EC) has said it is satisfied with EDF Energy’s proposals to build and operate a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C.

EDF Energy submitted relevant documentation to the European Commission in January 2010 in line with the requirements of the Euratom Treaty, under which developers of new nuclear power stations must notify the EC of any investment projects. All aspects of the project relating to the objectives of the Euratom Treaty were subsequently assessed through an internal EC working group and through discussions between the EC and the investor.

EDF Energy Nuclear New Build managing director Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson described the latest EC decision as great news as the company works towards securing the necessary planning and regulatory consents for the project. “We are delighted that the European Commission has given the Hinkley Point C project a clean bill of health,” he said, adding that the verdict was the result of “a lot of hard work”.

It is just over a year since EDF lodged a nuclear site licence application with UK regulators for the plant. The company has already secured local government permission for preparatory works at the site, which is adjacent to the two shut down Magnox reactors at Hinkley Point A and two operating advanced gas cooled reactors at Hinkley Point B.

Courtesy of WNN