SNP-led UK Energy Cttee of MPs to probe future of Hinkley Point and other new nuclear power stations

Energy MPs in the Westminster Parliament are to probe the future of the Government’s planned new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point-C following fears of forthcoming French financing for the project.

The House of Commons’ Energy Committee has called the majority French-government owned EDF  and other energy companies planning to build reactors in the UK, to give evidence on the future of the nuclear industry.

Witnesses called to give evidence on 23 March include:

  • Peter Atherton, Managing Director and head of European utility Sector research, Jefferies
  • Dr Simon Taylor, Cambridge University
  • Dr Douglas Parr, Chief Scientist and Policy Director at Greenpeace UK
  • Zhu Minhong, General Manager of International Nuclear Business Development Department, General Director of UK Nuclear Projects, China General Nuclear (CGN)
  • Vincent de Rivaz, Chief Executive, EDF Energy
  • Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, Managing Director, Nuclear New Build, EDF Energy
  • Tom Samson, Chief Executive, NuGeneration
  • Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer, Horizon Nuclear Power

Angus MacNeil, MP (Western Isles) Chairman of the Energy, said: “The Government is counting on new nuclear to supply a significant proportion of the UK’s demand for low-carbon baseload power in future.

“The focus right now is on Hinkley Point C, but there are other important projects in the pipeline. Serious questions are being raised about the cost and viability of the Hinkley project and the value for money for taxpayers.

“The Energy and Climate Change Committee will hear from commentators that have raised concerns about financing nuclear projects. We will also question the Chief Executive of EDF and other companies planning to build reactors about the challenges for new nuclear across the UK.”

Meanwhille, the Dept for Energy (DECC) is now seeking expressions of interest from companies and/or consortia interested in building ‘small’ nuclear reactors in the UK.

The unspecified deadline for submissions is by Autumn 2016 to:

  • One of the two nuclear reactors at the Torness power station near Dunbar has been shutdown for unexpected repairs in a ‘non-nuclear’ part of the plant.


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