Point C concerns after EDF finds welding fault at plant in France
concerns about the budget and timelines of Hinkley Point C near
Burnham-On-Sea have been raised this week after EDF Energy warned
that a flagship nuclear power station it is building in France could
run further behind schedule and over budget, after it detected faults.
firm says inspections have uncovered problems with welding on pipes
at the Flamanville plant in north-west France.
reactor design is the same as the one being used at a delayed plant
in Finland and at Hinkley Point, where EDF is building the UKs
first new nuclear power station in decades.
company said that it had discovered "quality deviations"
on 150 welds in a system used to transport steam to turbines used
for electricity generation.
said it was performing further checks to see what works would be
needed to satisfy the safety requirements of the French nuclear
regulator and would report back in May.
a statement, the firm said: "Following the current checks and
the licensing process by the ASN, EDF will be able to specify whether
the project requires an adjustment to its timetable and its costs."
on the news, Stop Hinkley campaign 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."
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
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."