STOP HINKLEY PRESS RELEASE
Hinkley Point C reactor a slow motion car crash
11 April 2018
Commenting on today's news that EDF has found defects in the welding in pipework of the reactor it is building at Flamanville in Normandy which is the same type as the one proposed for Hinkley Point C, Stop Hinkley spokesperson Roy Pumfrey said
The European Pressurised Water Reactor (EPR) reactor proposed for Hinkley Point C is like watching a car crash in slow motion. It is the unloved, unwanted, and unbuildable child of former EDF boss Vincent de Rivas. We can still stop this before it gets even worse. Although abandoning this ill-fated project now would incur cancellation costs consumers could still save almost £1.5bn per year for 35 years from 2027 onwards.
25 years after French engineers began working on the EPR, EDF has yet to get one up and running. Flamanville is seven years late, one in Finland is ten years late and even two in China will be at least five years late.
Nuclear watchdog raises Hinkley Point C concerns
Guardian 25 March
The UK nuclear regulator has raised concerns with EDF Energy over management failings that it warns could affect safety at the Hinkley Point C power station if left unaddressed, official documents reveal.
Britain’s chief nuclear inspector identified several shortcomings in the way the French firm is managing the supply chain for the £20bn plant it is building in Somerset.
In October and November 2017, a team of 11 inspectors led by Foy visited the Hinkley site, EDF facilities in Bristol and Paris, and a French factory making parts for the plant.
The visits were triggered by the regulator’s concerns that EDF did not have sufficient oversight of the Creusot nuclear forge in France, where records have been found to be falsified.
A summary of the inspections, published by the ONR earlier this month, judged EDF’s supply chain management to be improving but below standard in some areas.
The full reports, released to the Guardian under freedom of information rules, paint a critical picture. More >>>