France to go ahead with Hinkley Point

Apr 18, 2016, 3:57 AM EDT
France’s Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron
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Days after the French energy minister, Ségolène Royal told about the likely postponement of Hinkley Point C nuclear power project, which is to be set up in Britain, France’s economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, for the first time, confirmed that the government is determined to build the facility and would begin finalizing the technical and industrial work in upcoming weeks.

The Guardian reports:

Macron said, “We back Hinkley Point project, it’s very important for France, it’s very important for the nuclear sector.” France’s state-owned energy company EDF, which has been assigned the project to construct £18bn nuclear power plant in Somerset, has been struggling to draw investment, giving rise to speculations that France may scrap the project.

The BBC writes:

Criticizing Macron’s double-speak, John Sauven, director of environmental pressure group Greenpeace, said that Macron had been saying contradictory things to the U.K. and French audience. Sauven said that the “alternatives to Hinkley Point C” appear more attractive considering the rising the cost of the project and the growing opposition in France.  On the other hand, U.K. Energy Secretary Amber Rudd summed up the importance of Hinkley Point saying that it would power approximately six million homes, strengthening the country’s long-term energy security in addition to creating more than 25,000 jobs.