Burnham-On-Sea’s new £695,000 pilot boat has arrived in the town this week and gone into service, working with shipping at the Hinkley Point construction site. The pilots work closely with EDF Energy to make sure that as much freight for the building of Hinkley Point C is bought in by sea, with many docking at Combwich. Pilotage is a chargeable service that raises income for Sedgemoor District Council.
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Hinkley Point C in Somerset is set to provide low-carbon electricity for around six million homes, create thousands of jobs and bring lasting benefits to the UK economy. The electricity generated by its two EPR reactors will apparently offset nine million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year, or 600 million tonnes over its 60-year lifespan. Sounds pretty good right, wouldn’t it be great to be the boss that won over that boardroom? Well, yes and no. Boss of EDF, the French company building the new reactors, did indeed win boardroom approval, but this was before they discovered he had failed to disclose an internal review labelling the project as ‘risk-laden’. According to an article penned by Adam Sage for The Times, 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 early as 2015 in a review by Yannick d’Escatha, a former chairman of the French National Centre for Space Studies, where he outlined dangers stemming in part from the involvement of China General Nuclear, which has a minority stake in the project. The review went on to say that “organisation and governance” of the project “were not efficient enough to guarantee that risks would be controlled”, that the timetable was unrealistic and that there were “worrying industrial weaknesses” in the supply chain. The court said that Jean-Bernard Lévy, EDF’s executive chairman, had “refused to transmit the full report” to directors or the government, even though the state has an 83.7% stake. They received only a synopsis. And that’s not the only mistake EDF has made. According to a Hinkley Point C worker, construction has been put above all else, including staff safety, with images of packed staff buses and canteens doing the rounds in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic (which in case they hadn’t noticed, we’re still in.)
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