Hinkley could be scrapped?

EDF is threatening to pull out of the Hinkley nuclear reactor deal if an agreement cannot be reached with the government over the returns on its investment.

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EDF threatens to pull plug on Hinkley

The company that wants to build two nuclear reactors in Somerset has gone public over its concerns that the government is offering an 8% return on their investment and won't guarantee them the 10% they're demanding.

EDF is warning it may pull out of the deal if an agreement isn't reached by the end of the month.

Our Somerset Correspondent, David Woodland, has been looking at the economic promise of Hinkley and what West Somerset stands to lose if the deal is scrapped:

Anti-nuclear protestors fined £100 each

Last month's protest at Hinkley Point. Credit: Stop Hinkley protest group

Four anti-nuclear protesters who chained themselves together outside the Hinkley power plant have been fined a hundred pounds each today after they pleaded guilty to 'obstructing the highway'.

They blocked the main access road last month and caused large tailbacks in protest at plans to extend the Bridgwater site.

If the energy firm EDF gets permission for the new plant, it could be up and running by 2020.

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Hinkley Point protesters due in court

Last month's protest at Hinkley Point Credit: Stop Hinkley protest group

Four anti-nuclear protesters who chained themselves together outside Hinkley Point nuclear power station are due before magistrates in Taunton, charged with obstructing a highway.

The action last month was in protest at plans for new reactors at the site near Bridgwater. The main access road was blocked, causing long queues as staff arrived for work.

Site licence granted for Hinkley Point

Other permissions are needed before construction can go ahead. Credit: Artist's impression

Hinkley Point in Somerset has been granted the country's first new site licence for a nuclear power station in 25 years.

The industry regulator, the Office for Nuclear Regulation, has awarded the licence to NNB GenCo, a subsidiary of French energy giant EDF.

The firm will still need other permissions before construction can go ahead.

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