Hinkley delay: Expert reactions

  Yesterday the UK Government announced the delay of Hinkley Point C after EDF’s board members agreed to invest in the nuclear project. ELN asked experts what they made of […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria
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Yesterday the UK Government announced the delay of Hinkley Point C after EDF’s board members agreed to invest in the nuclear project.

ELN asked experts what they made of the decision.

Mark Wenman, Lecturer in Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College London said the announcement was a “surprise”.

He told ELN: “I don’t think the time is particularly great having waited for EDF to make their decision, it would be nice for the government to back that up and specially when Philip Hammond said just last week that they were strongly behind Hinkley.”

According to Jenifer Baxter, Head of Energy and Environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Hinkley is not the only solution to sort out the country’s energy supply problems.

She went on: “We may see some form of Hinkley Point in the future, whether it is large I am not 100% sure. I think it would be good to understand whether or not we can involve the developments that they have on their reactors on small modular reactors and how does things can complement each other.”