The chief executive of the French company building Britain’s new nuclear reactors won boardroom approval for the project after suppressing an internal review labelling it as risk- laden, according to France’s public accounts court. The disclosure is likely to fuel disquiet on both sides of the Channel over the construction of two new generation reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset at an estimated cost of up to £22.5 billion. In a highly critical report on the European Pressurised Reactors, the Court of Audit said that the Hinkley Point project, led by EDF, represented a “high financial risk” for the French state electricity group. The court said that the risks had been pointed out as long ago as 2015 in a review by Yannick d’Escatha, a former chairman of the French National Centre for Space Studies. He outlined dangers stemming in part from the involvement of China General Nuclear, which has a minority stake in the project. He “considered that the political and legal risks linked to agreements with the British government and the Chinese partner remained high for the economy of the project and the financial equation of EDF”, the court said.
Times 10th July 2020 read more »
Mechanical engineering firms Capula and Exyte Hargreaves are the latest companies to be awarded contracts to support the next phase of construction at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset.
New Civil Engineer 10th July 2020 read more »
Hundreds of new jobs and apprenticeship roles are set to be created as part of the next phase of Hinkley Point C power plant’s construction. Some 1,200 new jobs and 300 apprenticeships will be created as part of the supply chain, EDF Energy has said. Engineering companies Capula and Exyte Hargreaves are among suppliers creating new roles. Capula has landed a contract to design and build instrument and control cabinets, creating 50 new jobs, while Excyte Hargreaves will create 30 roles to design, manufacture and commission ventilation systems. The jobs are part of the next phase of construction at Hinkley which involves fitting electrical systems, cables and pipes at the nuclear power station.
Bristol Post 9th July 2020 read more »
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