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EDF Chiefs recalled to Parliament to explain further Hinkley delay

26 April 2016

The Energy and Climate Change Committee has called senior representatives from EDF back to Parliament to explain the further delay in making an investment decision on a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C.

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

"When EDF appeared before us in March, company bosses were insisting that a decision would be made in May. At that hearing we said that we would call them back in if that timetable slipped again and that’s what we are doing now.

If Hinkley does not go ahead it could have huge implications for our future energy security and efforts to cut climate-changing emissions. We will therefore be watching progress on this closely. If we have to see EDF back here in September as well, we will."

Dates and times for the hearing will be confirmed in due course, but it is expected to take place in late May.

Background

On 23 March, the committee took evidence from EDF regarding the status of the plans to build two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point C. EDF Energy Chief Executive, Vincent De Rivaz, told the committee that the final investment decision would be taken “very soon” and confirmed that the French Minister of Economy had suggested it would be "early May"

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