Nuclear power plant set to be approved by Government

The first of a planned fleet of nuclear reactors in the UK could be given the go ahead today.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey is expected to announce whether he will grant consent for energy giant EDF to build a nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C in Somerset.

General view of Hinkley Point C power station in Somerset Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive

According to EDF, the plant's two nuclear reactors would be capable of producing enough energy to power five million homes, or seven per cent of the UK's electricity.

The decision to go ahead with construction depends on a deal being negotiated with the Government on the "strike" price paid for electricity generated by the plant.

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Nuclear power plant go-ahead

Energy Secretary Ed Davey gave the go-ahead for the first of a planned new generation of nuclear power plants in the UK.