GMB makes final call for EDF to greenlight Hinkley Point nuclear energy plant on economic and environmental grounds

The logo of France's state-owned electricity company EDF is seen on the company tower at La Defense business and financial district in Courbevoie near Paris, France, March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen
EDF head office, Paris.

Today (28 Jul) is Decision-Day for the French EDF nuclear giant (which operates the Scottish nuclear stations) on whether to go ahead with the proposed new UK nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C – or not.

The GMB – the ‘energy workers’ union’ – last night called on the EDF board to go ahead with the atom plan at its meeting in Paris today ‘to reassure workers and investors after Brexit’.

If approved, a 3.2 GW nuclear power plant capable of generating 7% of the UK’s electricity would be built at Hinkley Point, supporting 25,000 jobs in the process.

As well as generating sufficient power for some six million homes, it would also make a massive contribution to CO2 non-proliferation as a ‘renewable energy’ generator.

If the French vote ‘Non’, it is likely to cause considerable turbulence on domestic and international equity and currency markets – and ignite a massive atomic row over the political fall-out from the UK referendum vote in favour of British Independence from the EU-Bloc.

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary for energy, said:  “This decision is an acid test for <prime minister> Theresa May’s claims that the UK is open for business after Brexit –  with tens of thousands of jobs on the line.

“We’ve heard lots of warm ministerial words about the UK’s commitment to nuclear power, but these will remain hollow unless they are backed by a decision to invest that keeps the lights on, our homes heated, and the economy functioning.

“The final investment decision on Hinkley Point C is fundamental to a balanced British energy policy – something the country desperately needs and which the government has patently failed to provide.

“The UK is already at growing risk of power shortages from our over-reliance on unpredictable renewables. Ministers’ claims of commitment to the UK nuclear industry are nothing short of worthless without the graft to secure a positive decision for workers and investors.”

Last night, a spokesman at No. 10 Downing Street declined to comment ahead of the EDF meeting.

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