10 Mar 16

European Commission approves partnership between EDF and China General Nuclear (CGN)

The decision of the European Commission to approve the proposed partnership between EDF and China General Nuclear (CGN) supporting new nuclear projects in the UK is a positive step for the Hinkley Point C project. It shows that the robust agreements underpinning the project continue to pass independent scrutiny. 

EDF has confirmed that it is looking to take a final investment decision at Hinkley Point C in the near future. The French and British Governments have also recently expressed their support for the project which will supply low carbon electricity, meeting seven per cent of the UK’s needs. It will also enable the restart of new nuclear construction in Britain with important consequences and benefits for successive new nuclear projects, as well as for jobs and skills. 
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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.