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French union opposition delivers another blow to Hinkley Point C

27 May 2016

After the announcement from energy minister Andrea Leadsom that the UK has set no deadline for the final go-ahead to the much-delayed Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, the project has ben delivered another blow.

Key French workers’ unions are opposing the £18bn project despite repeated attempts by EDF, which would build the reactors, to win their backing. The French state-owned company has delayed the decision on whether to go ahead until the summer while it consults the unions. Union representatives hold six of the 18 seats on its board.

Jean-Luc Magnaval, secretary of the central works committee, told BBC Newsnight that staff feared the high cost of Hinkley Point could cripple EDF, which is heavily indebted and recently had its credit rating cut by Moody’s. 

The Hinkley Point C project, which was meant to open last year, has been delayed until 2025 and criticised for “colossal” costs by the French energy minister.

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