30 Oct 12

EDF Energy welcomes establishment of Nuclear Industries Council and Horizon sale

EDF Energy warmly welcomes the announcement from DECC to establish a Nuclear Industries Council.

As a key member of the Nuclear Development Forum, we support any effort to build on and take forward its work and welcome the involvement of not only DECC but also BIS and representation from industry.

Input from these key areas will help ensure continued focus on the areas of skills and the development of the UK supply chain which will underpin the nuclear renaissance in Britain.

We look forward to playing our part in the council over the coming months.

The announcement coincides with the news of the sale of Horizon to Hitachi which we also welcome.

This is a clear demonstration of the UK creating the right investment climate for new nuclear.

Like our own projects at Hinkley Point and Sizewell, this sale heralds the provision of future low carbon energy, the creation of thousands of jobs and a timely boost to the UK supply chain and wider economy.


The UK needs investment in a diverse mix of energy sources including nuclear, gas and renewables - EDF Energy is investing in all of these.

We have made significant progress on our new nuclear project which demonstrates our determination to make it a success. We are getting on with the job. We are bringing together the efforts of our own people, suppliers including Areva, Government and the local community.

Speaking at the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee on October 23, EDF Energy Chief Executive Vincent de Rivaz said:

"We have taken considerable strides forward in terms of planning, in taking forward the Generic Design Assessment, in developing a new industrial covenant with our union partners and contractors, in identifying the right partners for key parts of our project, including the main civil works, and both the conventional and nuclear island, and in submitting to Government our proposal for a Funded Decommissioning Programme."

"Our project team now numbers some eight hundred people. We are creating a world class team, including individuals who have worked successfully on delivering major projects such the London 2012 Olympics. By the end of this year the project will be ready for a Final Investment Decision."

See the full statement here