EDF ‘union board members sue to annul Hinkley vote’

Five staff representatives on EDF’s board have reportedly filed a legal challenge to annul its decision to go ahead with the Hinkley nuclear power plant in the UK. Last month […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Five staff representatives on EDF’s board have reportedly filed a legal challenge to annul its decision to go ahead with the Hinkley nuclear power plant in the UK.

Last month the French utility’s board narrowly voted to proceed with the £18 billion project to build two reactors in Somerset following numerous delays.

However hours after EDF board members approved the project, the UK Government unexpectedly delayed its approval decision until early autumn.

Reports claim some French unions, including CGT, argue the French Government should have informed the board about the UK Government’s plans.

CGT reportedly said in a statement: “Some administrators discovered they did not benefit from the same level of information as the CEO and government representative.”

EDF declined to comment. However, the energy firm previously stated it gave “comprehensive information” to the Company Works Council.

Last month one of the board members resigned ahead of EDF’s final investment decision.

EDF chief Vincent de Rivaz recently urged the UK Government to give the go ahead for the project.