EDF Energy is spending GBP300 million ($388.9 million) a month on the construction of the 3.2-GW Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant that it is building with its equity partner China General Nuclear Corp. in western England, a company executive said at a London webinar Oct. 20. Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, managing director, nuclear new build at EDF Energy, was speaking at a webinar on the future development of the UK nuclear power industry organized by the Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum. He said that EDF Energy had been spending this amount monthly on Hinkley Point C “since 2018” and intended to continue at the same rate of monthly expenditure until the plant’s completion. The two EPR Hinkley Point C plant in western England is currently scheduled to start operations during 2025. The plant is 66.5% owned by EDF Energy and 33.5% owned by CGN.
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Some 21 staff at Hinkley Point C have tested positive for coronavirus. EDF Energy confirmed the cases at its Bridgwater nuclear power station yesterday (October 19). The company said: “21 members of staff at Hinkley Point C, out of a daily workforce of over 4,000, are currently self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus.
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