31 Mar 16
Hinkley Point C

EDF ready for the next phase of Hinkley Point

Sir, 

Your front page report “EDF dissidents urge delay to Hinkley Point nuclear project” (March 30) refers to an alleged document which you say is unsigned, so your readers cannot judge whether or not it has any credibility. However, I am happy to state the facts clearly and on the record. 

EDF has already delivered, over many years, a remarkable set of achievements which are the foundations for the project. 

In 2012, the UK nuclear regulator approved the design of the European Pressurised Reactor; in the same year, HPC was granted a nuclear site licence; in 2013, we were given planning consent and the contract for difference was agreed with the UK government. This contract was scrutinised and approved by the European Union in 2014; we signed a strategic investment partnership with our Chinese partners in 2015. 

EDF has recently been through a thorough risk review which is a normal process for any industrial project of this magnitude. EDF is therefore ready to go ahead with the next phase of this huge undertaking as soon as the final investment decision triggers it. As I said categorically at the energy and climate change select committee hearing last week, this project will go ahead and the investment decision will be made very soon. 

EDF is fully confident that it will deliver this project on time and on budget, thanks to the intense preparation of our committed and accountable engineering teams, the involvement of our supply chain, the experience gained from other projects and the unwavering engagement of many stakeholders, locally and nationally. 

Hinkley Point C will be operational in 2025. EDF has no plan whatsoever to change this date. HPC will provide low-carbon, reliable and competitive electricity at the very time the country needs it and will play a decisive role in Britain’s low-carbon energy mix for generations to come. 

Vincent de Rivaz 

Chief Executive, EDF Energy
 

For more information contact:

EDF Energy Media
Media Relations Team
01452 652233
media@edfenergy.com

EDF Energy in the South West

In the South West EDF Energy employs around 4,000 people across three key sites; at Hinkley Point in Somerset, at Barnwood, near Gloucester, and at Exeter. We operate Hinkley Point B power station, which employs around 550 staff and 220 contract partners. A new nuclear power station, capable of supplying around 5 million homes, is planned at Hinkley Point, subject to a final investment decision. We have an operational support centre at Barnwood, while Exeter is home to one of EDF Energy’s three UK-based call centres. As well as currently generating enough power for some 1.5 million homes in this region, EDF Energy also provides gas and electricity to 610,000 customers with over 20% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for the Ministry of Defence, Tesco Stores Limited, Morrisons and Everything Everywhere, right here in the South West.