Decision on Hinkley Point nuclear plant due tomorrow

The eagerly awaited decision on whether EDF Energy will get consent to build a third nuclear reactor at the Hinkley Point nuclear power station is due tomorrow. Energy Secretary Ed […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The eagerly awaited decision on whether EDF Energy will get consent to build a third nuclear reactor at the Hinkley Point nuclear power station is due tomorrow.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey must give his approval for Hinkley Point C in Somerset with a Development Consent Order (DCO).

So far UK regulators have approved the reactor design while a site licence environmental permits have been granted for the plant which could generate 7% of the UK’s electricity.

The proposed 3.2 GW nuclear power plant will have two EPR or European Pressurised Reactors and produce almost four times more electricity than the existing plant at Hinkley Point.

It is the first nuclear project to have a Funded Decommissioning Programme which means the operator of a new nuclear plant must meet the full costs of decommissioning and its share of waste disposal.