The next government needs to make the resolution of the issues facing Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power station a priority and ensure plans for the new Somerset plant remain on track, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Thursday 2 April).
Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “The next government will need to resolve the issues facing Hinkley Point as a matter of urgency, so this important project can remain on track.
“The growing energy needs of the UK demand a clear and coherent strategy to provide enough capacity for industry and consumers.
“It is important, therefore, that the final investment decision at HPC is made as soon as possible and the announcement today of a delay in that process is disappointing, not least to those who are working on site preparing the ground.
“Unite and the other unions involved in the project will be meeting with the company shortly to understand the implications of today’s announcement by EDF on the workforce currently employed.
“In the meantime, we call upon all parties involved in the investment jigsaw to urgently address the outstanding issues and allow our members to play their part in building the power station for the future.
“We welcome the important role that EDF Energy has played in its investment at Hinkley Point, so far, as part of the renaissance of nuclear power to meet the nation’s target for low carbon energy and nuclear build.
“This has given impetus to the new nuclear build programme at Hinkley Point and stimulated several other emergent projects in the UK, which, when completed, will provide reliable low carbon electricity.
“This will help us to meet emissions’ targets and, in the process, create thousands of skilled jobs in construction and operational works.”
In a statement, EDF Energy said that it and the UK government have made good progress on the work to finalise the agreements which will enable a final investment decision in the coming months for the power station. In the meantime, work to ensure the project’s readiness will continue, including project planning, engineering design and commercial supply chain activities.
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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble in the Unite press office on 020 3371 2061 or 07768 693940.
- 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.