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A decision on a planned nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset has been delayed again.
The French energy firm EDF has yet to make a final announcement on whether it will go ahead with the £18billion project, despite securing investment from China last year.
A meeting due to take place today has been cancelled. The board was due to meet in Paris to decide this afternoon but the meeting's been cancelled.
A decision on a controversial line of overhead power lines through Somerset is due to be made by Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd next week.
In the Commons, one Tory MP called for the lines to be buried underground, saying the proposed 40-mile chain of pylons from Hinkley Point would spoil the approach to Somerset from the M5.
A new bypass to route traffic around the village of Cannington near Hinkley Point is opening today. It's hoped the road will alleviate traffic during construction of the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
The improvement is part of a £16 million package of road improvements paid for by EDF Energy. However its estimated that 80% of the aggregate material needed for the Hinkley Point C project will come by sea.
Nigel Cann, Hinkley Point C site construction director, thanked local residents for their understanding during the road's construction:
"We have worked closely with local councils, organisations and residents to draw up a series of road improvements across the area. We listened carefully to the particular concerns of Cannington residents and came up with a scheme to take traffic away from the centre of the village.
Our construction workers will use dedicated local bus services and park and rides to get to work, while deliveries of materials and equipment will also be managed carefully. However, it is important to consult with local people and invest in projects like the Cannington bypass before we start the main construction."
Construction work on Somerset's Hinkley Point is to begin "within weeks" after a multi-billion pound deal between French energy giant EDF and China's CGN was unveiled this afternoon.
The agreement, reached after months of talks, priced the power plant at £18 billion - which was £6 billion less than expected.
Hinkley, which is already years behind schedule, has been given a revised start date of 2025. Initially it was planned to open in 2017.
Chairman of EDF, Jean Bernard Levy, called the signing "a big step forward" for the group's partnership with the Chinese.
"We are planning for a final investment decision within weeks so that we can move forward with construction."
EDF have signed an agreement with a Chinese firm which paves the way for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
The agreement, reached after months of talks, gives China's leading state-owned nuclear supplier a 33.5 per cent stake in the £18bn Hinkley Point project, in Somerset.
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Plans for the UK's first nuclear power plant in a generation at Hinkley Point in Somerset are set to be given a boost today.
French energy giant EDF will confirm Chinese investment in the multi-billion-pound scheme.
An announcement will be made on the second full day of a visit to the UK by Chinese president Xi Jinping. He's due to attend a meeting with the Prime Minister at which the nuclear project will be discussed.
Anti-nuclear protestors have recently set up camp at the site.
Protesters camped on a roundabout outside the planned nuclear power plant, Hinkley Point C, say it's a "bad investment for China":
Protesters camped outside Hinkley Point C in Somerset, have erected a white elephant, which they say represents the views of the financial and nuclear sector.
In the early hours, of Monday 19th October, the protesters built a compound, with an elephant and Chinese banners. They say the stalled project is "a bad investment" and should now be abandoned. It comes a month after George Osborne announced China's investment in the plant.