The EU has effectively backed the nuclear power plant which EDF plans to build at Hinkley Point C.
The supplier said today it was pleased the European Commission found the planned investment “fulfils the objectives of the Euratom Treaty and contributes to develop a sustainable national energy mix”, in documents given to the UK government last month.
Effectively this means the Commission gives the plans the all-clear, under Article 41 of the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) Treaty.
The real test of EDF’s nuclear plans will come with the approval of the nuclear regulator, the Office for Nuclear Responsibility, as well as the environmental authorities.
Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, Managing Director of EDF Energy Nuclear New Build said: “We are delighted that the European Commission has given the Hinkley Point C project a clean bill of health. This is great news and the result of a lot of hard work, as we continue to make progress towards obtaining the necessary planning and regulatory consents for this nationally important development.”
The French supplier is waiting on the final outcome of the Energy Bill later this year before it commits to investing the billions needed for the project.