The UK has been censured by an international committee for its failure to notify the German public of the potential environmental impacts of Hinkley Point C, the new nuclear power station being built in Somerset, south-west England. In a political embarrassment for the government, the verdict found that the UK had not complied with the Aarhus convention, an international agreement on involving citizens in environmental matters. The Aarhus committee’s finding followed a complaint by a German Green party politician, who said the UK should now halt work on the project to properly consult with the public in neighbouring countries. Sylvia Kotting-Uhl told the Guardian: “If the government does not want to ridicule the trans-boundary participation procedure that is now due, construction works should be suspended until the procedure is completed.” While the ruling is very unlikely to affect the project, which began construction last year, the breach comes on top of a fortnight of bad news for the two atomic reactors. Kotting-Uhl originally complained to Aarhus’s compliance committee in the summer of 2013, before the UK had agreed commercial terms with EDF. She said the UK government had discriminated against Germans by not giving them opportunities to take part in the environmental impact assessment procedure for Hinkley, as the Aarhus convention requires. The committee agreed.
Guardian 6th July 2017 read more »
China General Nuclear Power Corp (CGN) said it was too early to say if Britain’s Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project will face delays or cost overruns, state newspaper China Daily reported on Friday. CGN’s partner, French state-owned utility EDF, said this week the cost of completion had risen by 1.5 billion pounds to 19.6 billion pounds, which would reduce its predicted rate of return on investment. China’s largest nuclear operator said the project was in the early stages of construction and it was too early to say whether it would cost more money or take more time. It also said that reasonable returns from the project could still be expected despite the high costs. CGN has a 33.5 percent stake in the plant, Britain’s first new nuclear plant to be built in decades. The project has been plagued by delays and criticised for its guaranteed price for electricity, which is higher than current market prices.
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Over 120 new caravan pitches are set to be built at a holiday park on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea for workers at Hinkley Point C power station.
Burnham-on-sea.com 6th July 2017 read more »
It has been described as a “white elephant” and a “costly mistake”. But why is Hinkley Point – the proposed new nuclear power plant based in the south west corner of Britain – the subject of so much controversy? News of yet another rise in cost for the project has come as no surprise to its critics. Yet, despite these expectations, this week’s revelation that the deal has climbed by another £1.5 billion – to an eye-watering £19.6 billion – has shocked many, prompting calls for the British government to take action before it’s too late. In the New Statesman, Jonathan Bartley makes the case for abandoning the risky and overpriced “white elephant” over its delays and spiralling costs. He says: “With every day that passes, the proposed new Hinkley Point power station looks less flagship and more shipwreck. But we don’t have to go down with this one.” While Nils Pratley, writing in The Guardian, calls on ministers to draw up an immediate contingency plan, adding: “It is bad enough that UK consumers are locked into this ‘expensive and risky’ project as the NAO called Hinkley. It would be calamitous if we end up being bullied into paying more.”
The National (UAE) 5th July 2017 read more »