Hinkley not only new energy option, says DONG’s boss

UK investment in turbines and offshore windfarms could power the country without a new nuclear station. That’s according to Henrik Poulsen, CEO at DONG Energy who, in an interview with […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

UK investment in turbines and offshore windfarms could power the country without a new nuclear station.

That’s according to Henrik Poulsen, CEO at DONG Energy who, in an interview with The Guardian, said the nation can meet its future energy commitments without the £18 billion Hinkley nuclear project in Somerset.

He added wind turbines could be built on time and on budget and give the nation a reliable source of power if combined with output from new biomass or gas-fired plants.

His comments follow the government’s decision to review Hinkley and give its final decision in early autumn.

He said: “Could you build a national energy policy without nuclear? Yes you could… and if you needed to fill a gap offshore, wind could be accelerated to fill such a gap.

“We hope offshore wind will remain a key component in the future energy system and are optimistic about prospects under the new government.”

DONG announced huge growth in revenue yesterday.