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Future of nuclear power and Hinkley project examined

22 March 2016

The Energy and Climate Change Committee has called EDF Energy, and other energy companies planning to build reactors in the UK, to Parliament to give evidence on the future of the nuclear industry.

Witnesses

Wednesday 23 March 2016, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am

  • Peter Atherton, Managing Director and head of European utility Sector research, Jefferies
  • Dr Simon Taylor, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Douglas Parr, Chief Scientist and Policy Director at Greenpeace UK

At 10.15am

  • 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, CEO, NuGeneration
  • Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer, Horizon Nuclear Power

Chair's comments

Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee, Angus MacNeil MP:

"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."

Further information

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