Deal 'strengthens co-operation between France and UK'

EDF is a French-owned energy firm. Credit: PA

EDF group chairman and chief executive Henri Proglio said: "The agreement in principle reached today with the British Government significantly strengthens the industrial and energy co-operation between France and the United Kingdom.

"The EPR project at Hinkley Point represents a great opportunity for the French nuclear industry in a context of a renewal of competencies.

"This project will deliver a boost to the economy and create job opportunities on both sides of the Channel and will enable the United Kingdom, a country in which EDF is already the leading producer of electricity, to increase the share of carbon-free energy in its production mix."

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Nuclear deal given go-ahead

A deal to build Britain's first new nuclear plant in a generation has been announced. The government has been in negotiations with EDF Energy over the Hinkley Point C project in Somerset for more than a year.