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Decision week ahead for Hinkley Point as EDF board meets

Decision week ahead for Hinkley Point as EDF board meets

22 July 2016

The meeting of the EDF board of directors on Thursday (28 July) to make the crunch decision on the financial go-ahead for the Hinkley Point nuclear power station has been welcomed by Unite, the country’s largest union.

Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “It has been a long journey, but we are within sight of the ‘promised land’ – the making of the ‘final investment decision’ (FID) for the Somerset plant.

“The go-ahead is desperately needed on a number of grounds – to help keep the lights on in Britain in the decades ahead and as a fulcrum for the creation of thousands of jobs and related economic activity in the West Country.

“The FID will be the last piece of the complex financial jig-saw for this much-needed project – we warmly welcome the fact that the board of the energy giant EDF is poised to make this historic decision.

“This will be the first big litmus test for large infrastructure projects receiving the go-ahead, following the Brexit vote last month.”

Unite and the other unions involved regard the go-ahead for the £18 billion project, which would generate seven per cent of UK electricity demand, as vital in terms of providing thousands of jobs and ‘keeping the lights on’ in the years ahead.  Because of delays, the start date for electricity generation has been put back to 2025.

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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Email: shaun.noble@unitetheunion.org 

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.