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UK Government gives planning consent for Hinkley Point C

19 March 2013

Energy Secretary Ed Davey told MPs in the House of Commons on March 19 that he had granted planning consent for French energy giant EDF to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset. The proposed £14bn power plant would be capable of powering five million homes and at the peak of construction should employ 5,600 workers.

Davey said that decisions still need to made on the strike price, the amount that consumers would pay for nuclear-generated low-carbon electricity, but that this would be announced shortly. EDF will not formally go-ahead with the project until a strike price is agreed that will guarantee a return for the project.

Hinkley Point C will be one of the UK's biggest infrastructure projects in years. The plan is to build two reactors, which together would generate 3.2GW, 7% of the UK's electricity requirements.

It will be the third nuclear plant at the site. Hinkley A began generating in 1965, was closed down in 1999 and is now being decommissioned. Hinkley B started generating in 1976, currently provides 880MW of power and is due to be closed in 2023.

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