WORK on the £18billion nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C may be gathering pace, but only the hopelessly naive will believe EDF’s claims that it will start generating electricity by 2025. The likelihood of it being delivered on time and on budget is remote. Last month the first concrete was poured for permanent structures but unions are already threatening to go on strike over bonus payments to the workers that are preparing the groundworks at the Somerset site. Then there are the unresolved safety concerns about the design of the European Pressurised Reactor that will be used at Hinkley. Given Britain’s less than glorious history of infrastructure projects being delivered late and massively over budget, I cannot see Hinkley Point C bucking the trend.
Express 23rd April 2017 read more »