29 Jul 16
Hinkley Point C

Nuclear experts give their support to Hinkley Point C

The following comments were issued following the decision by the EDF Board to approve the final investment decision for Hinkley Point C.

Dr Dame Sue Ion FREng, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said:

“Finally the decision to go ahead with Hinkley Point has been taken. This is most welcome, and a good deal for the UK. Although some may think that the strike price is high, it isn’t when you compare it with the cost of offshore wind, solar or other forms of renewable energy. We need a balanced portfolio of low carbon energy sources in the UK in the future…”

Prof. Francis Livens, Director, Dalton Nuclear Institute, The University of Manchester, said:

“We welcome the long-awaited news on EDF Energy’s Final Investment Decision. This finally brings us another step closer to the realisation of the UK’s first new nuclear power station to be built since construction started on Sizewell B over a quarter of a century ago…”

Dr Paul Norman, Senior Lecturer in Nuclear Physics at the University of Birmingham, said:

“…The Hinkley Point decision is therefore likely to lead to further revitalisation of that sector at colleges and universities, along with corresponding opportunities for young people with different qualifications and experience.”

Prof. Andrew H. Sherry, Chief Scientist, National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), said:

“A positive final investment decision from EDF Energy would be hugely significant for the country. Not only would this lead to an expansion in our country’s low carbon electricity base, but would send a positive signal to other international organisations and financiers seeking to invest in Britain.”

Tom Mundy, Managing Director of NuScale Power (UK & Europe), said:

“Today’s announcement that Hinkley Point C will be progressing we hope signals the start of a resurgence that may encourage other nuclear development projects in the UK, including small modular reactors.”

Prof. Stefaan Simons, Chair of Energy Centre Board, IChemE, said:

“Good move that is long overdue. Nuclear energy will make a valuable contribution to the decarbonisation of electricity generation in the UK; but it needs a big, bold decision to make it happen…”

Prof. Martin Freer, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute, University of Birmingham, said:

“This is an exceptionally important decision for the future of the UK power generation infrastructure. … Though the upfront costs are high, this is a crucial capital investment that will secure lower cost electricity over the operation of the HPC plant, which will be the next 60 years, and through the associated civil build project provide much needed stimulus to the UK economy…”

Dr Mark Wenman, Lecturer in Nuclear Engineering Materials and Member of the Centre for Nuclear Engineering, Imperial College London, said:

“Hinkley Point C is vitally important for the UK for several reasons:  The UK remains focused on phasing out coal power stations and at the same time many nuclear stations will also be closing.  This means the UK would face potential energy shortages, in the mid-2020s, even with solid growth in renewables such as wind and solar.  At the same time the UK needs to remain committed to reducing CO2 emissions and Hinkley C, if built on-time, would provide secure low carbon energy just when we need it.

…From the point of view of the Centre for Nuclear Engineering, at Imperial College, this will provide great opportunities for our top graduate students and potentially be a big boost to research income when relationships with the EU are strained.”

 Prof. Juan Matthews, Visiting Professor, Dalton Nuclear Institute, The University of Manchester, said:

“The Final Investment Decision today on Hinkley Point C is a major step for the UK nuclear industry. The UK desperately needs new electrical capacity which is carbon free, safe and at a reasonable cost. Hinkley Point C is the first step in securing this….”

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A key player in energy transition, the EDF Group is an integrated electricity company, active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading, energy services. A global leader in low-carbon energies, the Group has developed a diversified generation mix based on nuclear power, hydropower, new renewable energies and thermal energy. The Group is involved in supplying energy and services to approximately 37.8 million customers, of which 28.3 million in France. The Group generated consolidated sales of €75 billion in 2015, of which 47.2% outside of France. EDF is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.

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EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to over 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.
EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations, 30 wind farms, two coal-fired stations, one gas station and two gas storage facilities makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity, producing around a fifth of the UK’s power.

EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and is planning to build three new nuclear power stations at Hinkley Point, Sizewell and Bradwell. They will make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy.

Hinkley Point C will generate enough low carbon electricity for about 7% of Britain’s homes. The HPC project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

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