Stop Hinkley Comment on Paris Court Ruling on Hinkley Point C Risks

17 September 2018

A court in Paris last Wednesday ordered French utility EDF to release a risk analysis report to the group’s works council (CEE) concerning its Hinkley Point C nuclear project. The appeals court in Paris said the firm must communicate the report within a month and must consult the CEE regarding the project within two months.

In 2016, EDF refused to release all documents required by the council for it to be able to issue its advice on the project, triggering CEE’s legal action. The CEE say EDF failure to give elected representatives of the staff objective, precise and complete information on the technical and financial issues raised by the Hinkley project meant they had not been able "to give a reasoned opinion on this project".

Commenting on the news, Steve Thomas Emeritus Professor of Energy Policy at Greenwich University and author of ‘Time to Cancel Hinkley?’ said: “Some senior EDF management and some EDF trade unions have long been concerned about EDF’s participation in the Hinkley Point C project. The 3-year old report the EDF Central Works Council (CCE) has won access to will show that EDF is well aware of these risks. The continuing delays and cost overruns (more than 3 times over budget and 8 years late) at Hinkley’s reference plant, Flamanville, significantly worse than when the report was written, illustrate graphically the scale of the risk. The Works Council see Hinkley as a financially risky project that will divert EDF’s scarce finances away from the strategically more important task of upgrading and life-extending EDF’s fleet of 58 reactors, many of which are at or near the end of the 40-year design life.”

Stop Hinkley spokesperson, Roy Pumfrey, says: “Even the long standing nuclear advocate, former International Energy Agency boss, Nobuaki Tanaka, says nuclear power can’t compete with renewables. He says it’s ‘ridiculously expensive’ and ‘utterly uncompetitive’ Electricity consumers would almost certainly still be able to make savings if the project were halted now and the south-west were given the chance to develop sustainable energy industries. Full construction start is still a year or more away so not too late to stop it.”

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15 July 2018:
The analysis of sediment samples taken by Stop Hinkley with the Environment Agency from the River Parrett estuary:
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Toshiba's UK withdrawal puts Cumbria nuclear plant in doubt

8 November 2018

Toshiba plans to wind up its UK nuclear business after failing to find a buyer, dealing a potentially fatal blow to plans for a new nuclear power station in Cumbria.

Its NuGen division was behind the development of the Moorside project.

Toshiba's decision will dent the UK's plans to develop new nuclear power stations.

Unions have criticised the government for failing to intervene and ensure the project went ahead.

The Japanese firm said it would start the wind-up process in January.

"After considering the additional costs entailed in continuing to operate NuGen, Toshiba recognises that the economically rational decision is to withdraw from the UK nuclear power plant construction project, and has resolved to take steps to wind-up NuGen," the Toshiba statement said.

Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) had been a preferred bidder to take over the nuclear power plant project, but those talks fell through after more than a year of negotiations.

Toshiba said it expected to take a 15bn yen ($131.8m; £100.5m) hit from the withdrawal, but shares in the firm jumped 12.7% in Tokyo.

The GMB union said the "looming collapse" of Moorside had been "depressingly predictable".

"Relying in this way on foreign companies for our country's essential energy needs was always irresponsible," said its national officer Justin Bowden.

"A new nuclear power station in West Cumbria remains vital for the UK's future energy security and requires urgent action."

In September NuGen announced it was reducing its team at Moorside from more than 100 to fewer than 40 - leading to speculation the plant's development was in jeopardy.

NuGen was initially co-owned by Toshiba and the French firm Engie. Toshiba was subsequently forced to buy the remaining 40% of NuGen it did not already own via a bankruptcy condition related to Engie.

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What are the Coastal Nuclear Power Plants Doing to Address Climate Change?

Article written by John Vidal, ex environment journalist for the Guardian newspaper, after a discussion about Stop Hinkley's concerns in the press release [see below] and our letter to the ONR.

The article starts by referring to the sea wall at Hinkley C, and continues looking at the world situation and problems for coastal nuclear sites as new climate change research predicts much quicker sea level rises than previously thought.

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Hinkley Point C –
A Tale of Nuclear Dreams!

Some dreams come true; others turn to disaster and turn into nightmares. Hinkley Point C nuclear power station has been a dream to many politicians, is it about to come true?
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