UK Decision on Hinkley in September

7 September 2016

The UK government’s decision on the Hinkley Point C nuclear project is expected to be announced “some time this month”, UK prime minister Theresa May told the G20 summit in the Chinese city of Hangzhou on 4 September. May said she would be looking at the “evidence” relating to the GBP18bn ($24bn) Hinkley plant, in which China General Nuclear Power Generation has a one-third stake. “I actually look at the evidence, take the advice, consider it properly and then come to a decision,” she said. The plan to build two EPR units at Hinkley Point was delayed in July 2016 when she decided to hold another review only hours after project developer EDF had approved it, despite the opposition of French labour unions Reports in August suggested growing tension between London and Beijing over the delay. May also said she wanted her security advisers to help review the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project. As she arrived for the G20 summit in China, May was asked whether she would ask the National Security Council, a team of ministers supported by intelligence officers, to look at the potential security implications of the Hinkley deal. 

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