19 Jan 16
Nuclear New Build

Hinkley Point C Connection Project

Today’s decision by the Secretary of State to approve the Hinkley Point C connection is an important step towards enabling the proposed new nuclear power station to supply enough low carbon electricity for over five million homes.

The extra transmission capacity is needed for Hinkley Point C to make its important contribution to the UK’s requirement for affordable, low carbon electricity for decades to come. It already has planning approval (through a Development Consent Order) from the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, granted in March 2013, as well as other licences and consents required.

National Grid has an agreement in place with EDF Energy to provide the connection, which must be ready well before Hinkley Point C starts generating electricity. Today’s decision follows a thorough and robust planning process during which National Grid examined a range of options and consulted widely on its proposals.

For more information contact:

Gordon Bell
Senior External Communications Manager - NNB
01278 654535
07843 218088

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.