Rolls-Royce inks Hinkley Point C nuclear deal

It was selected as the preferred bidder by EDF Energy in 2016 to supply heat exhangers

National Grid hits out at Ofgem over Hinkley proposals

National Grid has criticised Ofgem’s proposals over an £800 million project to connect the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station to the grid. The Hinkley Seabank (HSB) transmission project is intended to allow for the safe connection of the planned nuclear plant to the electricity network. Ofgem said National Grid can build the infrastructure but […]

‘Sizewell could be 20% cheaper than Hinkley’

EDF has claimed it could build a second new nuclear power station in the UK a fifth cheaper than the cost of the £20 billion Hinkley Point C project. The energy giant said the planned Sizewell facility on the Suffolk coast could be built more cheaply by replicating its predecessor’s construction techniques, using existing grid […]

Cost of Hinkley Point C ‘will hit poorest the hardest’

The £18 billion cost of Hinkley Point C will hit the UK’s poorest people the hardest. That’s the conclusion from the group of MPs that make up the Public Account Committee, which has published a new report suggesting households have been locked into a costly and long-lasting deal. The government approved the new nuclear power […]

Unions reach deal to avoid strike at Hinkley nuclear plant

Potential strike action by hundreds of construction workers building the new Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power station has been averted. Members of the GMB and Unite unions were preparing for industrial action after they rejected the previous pay offer made by EDF. However, under the improved pay deal, wages will be up to 36% […]

ABB wins $130m Hinkley Point nuclear order

ABB has won an order worth $130 million (£98.7m) to build the power transmission infrastructure for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in the UK. Its team will be responsible for the design, supply and installation of the infrastructure, including two substations for two separate units that will feed 3.2GW of power produced by […]

Hinkley Point C: Unions to ballot for strike action

Trade unions for construction workers at the Hinkley Point C project in Somerset are to hold a ballot for strike action in a dispute over pay. It comes as more than 95% of GMB and Unite members voted against the proposed pay increase offered by French utility EDF and its contractor BYLOR. The dispute, which […]

Chinese Hinkley developers confident about UK second plant

The Chinese owners of a third of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station expect the government to approve a new plant on UK soil. China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) says it is very confident the China-developed third-generation HPR1000 nuclear reactor will pass its Generic Design Assessment (GDA), which is expected to take around […]

EDF Energy profits dip amid lower nuclear prices

EDF Energy has seen a fall in profits in the first six months of 2017 compared to the same period last year. It dipped to €627 million (£561m) before interest and tax – a 34.4% fall – mainly due to the “significant impact of lower nuclear prices”. The drop in energy usage from householders following […]

Hinkley hit by £1.5bn cost overrun and delay

The Hinkley Point C nuclear power station is running £1.5 billion over budget and more than a year behind schedule. French state-owned company EDF admitted the cost of the plant is now likely to be £19.6 billion and a review found it could be delayed by up to 15 months. However the energy company hopes […]