Delays and increased costs at Hinkley

Barry White

Bosses at Hinkley Point C in Somerset have blamed pandemic disruption after admitting the new nuclear power station will start operating a year later than planned and will cost an extra £3bn according to press reports. EDF the French state owned energy company said the first reactor unit at the Somerset site is now scheduled to start operating in June 2027, a year later than planned, with costs estimated between £25bn and £26bn. They say that this would not affect the cost to British consumers or taxpayers, costs being met by EDF and China’s CGN, the junior partner in the project.

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