Auditors question government handling of Hinkley Point C. Public spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) has questioned the government’s decision to remove the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station from its Major Projects Portfolio.
New Civil Engineer 19th Oct 2018 read more »
Monitoring of the UK’s biggest and riskiest projects has improved, but the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (the Authority) and government departments need to do more to increase transparency about what benefits are delivered to ensure taxpayers secure maximum value, according to today’s report by the National Audit Office (NAO). In 2016 the Authority introduced a process for deciding when projects should leave the Portfolio, addressing concerns raised by the NAO and the Committee of Public Accounts in 20163. Although it has increased transparency about whether projects have delivered their objectives, this is not happening consistently, meaning the government can’t be sure projects are leaving when they should. The NAO has raised concerns about whether accountability is diluted at the point at which projects leave the Portfolio. For example, some projects delivered by a third party and which have a limited departmental role have been removed from the Portfolio before they have completed, such as the project to enable investment in the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, which left when the department responsible identified investors and signed a construction contract. Yet, the department remains the project sponsor, responsible for continuing oversight of the developer and has risks to manage. The NAO recommends that the Authority and HM Treasury require all projects to have a business case which is kept up to date to reflect any changes to a project’s scope, and work together to deliver intended benefits, keep costs within budget and select the right projects for future funding. Government departments should also manage the delivery of major projects until it is clear what benefits they have achieved and publish evaluations on projects when they complete to help departments learn lessons.
NAO 19th Oct 2018 read more »
IF you feel that your community is impacted by the Hinkley Point C (HPC) project and could benefit from the community funds available, then a drop-in day at Cannington Village Hall next week could help.
Somerset County Gazette 17th Oct 2018 read more »
Last week, contractors finished depositing mud at ‘Cardiff Grounds’ not far off the Vale coast. The mud had been dredged from near the Hinkley Point site in Somerset and a campaign was launched against disposal, demanding that it be suspended until further testing on the mud could be carried out. EDF Energy needed the mud and sediment to be removed so it can drill six vertical shafts for the cooling system for the new nuclear power station. Last Friday an EDF Energy spokesman announced: “Hinkley Point C contractors have now completed the licensed work to dredge and deposit mud in the Severn estuary. “This mud is no different to mud found anywhere else up and down the coast. It has been thoroughly tested by a UK Government agency whose experts confirmed it poses no threat to human health or the environment.”
Glamorgan Gem 17th Oct 2018 read more »