In the U.K., EDF’s controversial Hinkley Point C nuclear project — an already-delayed 4-gigawatt development — has reduced its construction staff by half. In a statement released Tuesday, EDF said more than half the workers on-site would be sent home, leaving 2,000 to complete work already under progress. Those remaining will operate within the confines of safe social distancing. Split shifts, staggered breaks and extra transport buses will be used around the site. The plant was supposed to be completed in 2023, but after further delays, EDF last year warned that the risk of the completion date slipping as far out as 2026 had grown.
GTM 25th March 2020 read more »
The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) calls today for the suspension of all work by contractors of EDF Energy at the Hinkley Point C proposed new nuclear reactor site, due to the concerns of an infection spread from the public health emergency sparked by the covid-19 outbreak. Earlier this week, the UK Government called on the general population to observe social distancing rules amidst a tight ‘lockdown’ of all but essential services. This has led to millions of people now working from home and sadly considerable amounts of people losing their employment – though the government is seeking to provide most of them with 80% of their current income.
NFLA 26th March 2020 read more »