The government faces renewed questions over its decision to allow a state-owned Chinese firm to be involved in the UK’s power generation programme after the business was placed on a US export blacklist. China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN), which has partnered with EDF to help fund a third of the £20bn cost of the nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, was on Thursday added to the US commerce department’s so-called “entity list”. The placement effectively blocks American firms from selling products and services to the company without written approval.
Telegraph 15th August 2019 read more »
A state-owned Chinese company which is funding part of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in the UK has been placed on a US export blacklist. The US Department of Commerce has placed China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) to its “entity list”, which effectively blocks US companies from selling products and services to the firm without written approval. The entity list identifies organisations “for which there is reasonable cause to believe, based on specific and articulable facts, have been involved, are involved, or pose a significant risk of being or becoming involved in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests” of the US. CGN partnered with EDF to help fund a third of the £20 billion cost of the Hinkley power plant being built in Somerset.
Energy Live News 16th Aug 2019 read more »
The fact that Hinkley Point has had these problems is particularly concerning because, unlike much of the industry, EDF (the client) has taken mental health seriously and worked with Unite, for instance in training workers and union activists in mental health first aid.
Health & Safety Matters 15th Aug 2019 read more »