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Nuclear Delay Disappointing

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

GMB Says Delays At Hinkley Point C Nuclear Station Is Disappointing News For Employment And Carbon Free Power

There is now a serious worry that delays could derail this project which would be a disaster for both employment and for the carbon free power the station will generate says GMB.

GMB, the union for energy and engineering construction workers, responded to the statement by EDF that there will be a reduction in number of people working on Hinkley Point C Project. See notes to editors for copy of the statement.

Phil Whitehurst, GMB National officer for engineering construction, said “ This is disappointing news for this essential infrastructure project.

This Government has shown yet again its ineptitude in failing to conclude negotiations for the strike price for power from this nuclear station.

The thousands of construction workers due on the project will not be needed for some time and some of those now there face being laid off.

GMB are still in talks with EDF over sector specific agreements.

There is now a serious worry that delays could derail this project. That would be a disaster for both employment and for the carbon free power the station will generate.”  

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Contact: Phil Whitehurst 07968 338810 or GMB Press Office 07921 289880

Notes to editors

Statement by EDF Energy update on Hinkley Point C Project 23rd April 2013

As part of good project management, and to control costs, EDF Energy has taken steps to refocus its activities at its Hinkley Point C project. This reflects its priorities ahead of securing the financing necessary for the project.

In this context much activity including further detailed pre-construction engineering work will continue ahead of the later construction phase.

This means there will be a reduction in the number of people working on the project for the time being.

Negotiations with the UK Government to agree a contract for the electricity from Hinkley Point C are making progress.

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For media enquiries please contact: EDF Energy Press Office on 01452 652233 or Brunswick Group LLP on 020 7404 5959

Notes to editors

Recent progress at Hinkley Point C includes the granting of planning permission from the Secretary of State, approval last year of the reactor design by regulators, as well as the granting of a nuclear site licence.

The case for new nuclear in the UK remains as strong as ever. The two proposed new nuclear reactors in Somerset have the capability to provide the UK with the consistent, reliable and secure low carbon energy it needs for the future. It can provide seven per cent of the UK’s electricity needs, operating for at least 60 years.

Hinkley Point C would also provide a huge boost to UK skills, job creation, and can equip British companies to compete for nuclear and power business around the world. During the project 25,000 job opportunities will be created, with 5,600 people employed on the site at peak.

 

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