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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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