David Cameron has insisted that plans for the UK's first nuclear power station in a generation at Hinkley was "not a deal at any price".
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EDF are preparing to build new nuclear reactors at Hinkley which could help growth and create 25,000 jobs, but the deal is in the balance.
– Fiona Erleigh, spokeswoman, Nailsea Against Pylons
The change in arrangements made for major infrastructure projects like this requires promoters to listen to people’s views and to be prepared to modify their scheme. People are very disappointed that National Grid has not prepared to listen to the views of the communities that will be so badly affected.”
“Since 2009 when this scheme was first announced, people in Somerset have been outraged that National Grid thinks that this outdated technology is acceptable throughout the beautiful countryside of Somerset and North Somerset. They fully understand that burying the power cables will cost more but it’s a price they are very willing to pay to protect our countryside for future generations to enjoy.
– Maggie Gregory, Pylon-Moor-Pressure spokeswoman
National Grid still have not provided sufficient information to justify their choice of an overhead line and they need to consider other methods, such as an underground cable or preferably a sub-sea connection”.
– Peter Bryant, senior project manager, National Grid
Over the past four years we have listened to what the public has told us and this has played a big part in how we’ve developed our plans. We know people are concerned about the connection’s impact on the landscape. We have tried to strike the best balance between reducing this and being mindful of the cost that ends up on everyone’s bills from all our connection projects around the country.
National Grid has revealed its latest proposals for powering two new nuclear power stations in Hinkley in West Somerset:
- More than five miles of the route through the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will be buried leaving this area free from pylons for the first time in 40 years
- Around 90 pylons will disappear from the Somerset landscape
- The new lower height T-pylon is proposed for the majority of the overhead route. At 35 metres tall, the T-pylon is a third shorter than the traditional lattice pylon.
Nikki Clark from the Stop Hinkley Campaign.
Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, announces the government's Hinkley guarantee in the Commons this morning (Thursday 27 June).
The government has announced a £10 billion infrastructure guarantee for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset. The government has offered the money to EDF to help finance the £14 billion construction.
It is a commercial loan, not a subsidy. EDF has already prepared the site next to the two existing stations, but wouldn't commit to the project unless the government guaranteed a minimum price for the electricity the new reactors will produce.
Opponents fear it will mean a big increase in bills. Negotiations about the terms of the contract remain on-going.
The government will today announce a long-awaited deal on the price of energy from a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
French company EDF has already prepared the site next to the two earlier stations, but won't commit to the project unless the government guarantees a minimum price for the electricity. Opponents fear it will mean a big increase in bills.
The leader of the union representing 21,000 workers in the nuclear decommissioning and energy supply industry has called on all parties involved in negotiations to redouble their efforts to reach agreement on a strike price for electricity generated by the planned Hinkley Point C in Somerset.
Alan Leighton, the National Secretary of Prospect, made his comments following today's announcement from EDF that it plans to scale back on preparatory work for the project and reduce the number of people working on it in a bid to control costs.
"Our members' fear that any delay in the preparation work could impede or delay EDF's ability to bring the project to fruition once agreement has been reached.Prospect is committed to an appropriate energy mix for the UK, including gas and renewables, but it is undoubtedly the case that nuclear and nuclear new build will be pivotal if we are to achieve the twin goals of capacity and security of supply.
– Alan Leighton, National Secretary, Prospect Union
We hope that this announcement will encourage all involved in the talks to redouble their efforts to agree a strike price. Particularly as it comes so soon after the recent warning from outgoing Ofgem head, Alistair Buchanan, that we are facing an imminent capacity crunch in the UK unless urgent action is taken.Without an agreement we risk losing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to meet the country's decarbonisation targets and help build a new economy that provides good quality jobs and growth for the UK."