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Hinkley C plans investigated by EU

The financial deal for a new nuclear power station in Somerset is to be investigated by the European Commission, in a move that could delay.

Under the deal, announced by the Prime Minister last month, Hinkley C will be built by a French company which will receive a guaranteed price for its energy for 35 years - at twice the current level. The commission will investigate whether this complies with European rules on state aid.

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David Cameron: 'really important day for our country'

The Government has given the go ahead to build Britain's first new nuclear power station in a decade at Hinkley Point near Bridgwater.

Speaking today David Cameron said: "I think this is a really important day for our country, the day when we have agreed to build a new nuclear power station, I hope the first of many nuclear power stations here at Hinkley Point, Hinkley Point C."

Reaction to Hinkley C power plant announcement

The Prime Minister has given the go-ahead for Britain's first new nuclear reactor for a generation.

Hinkley C will become the single largest construction project in the UK, it will take ten years to deliver, and will cost billions.

Laura Makin-Isherwood has been speaking to people in the community about how they have responded to the news.

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Cameron: Nuclear power could lower energy bills

The government has given the go ahead to build Britain's first new nuclear power station in a decade at Hinkley Point near Bridgwater.

The announcement will see an investment of £16 billion, and the creation of 25,000 jobs.

As part of the deal, the government has agreed a so-called strike price with EDF for the amount it gets per megawatt hour of electricity.

The figure settled on today is £92.50 which is more than double the current market rate, the Prime Minister said it was a good deal.

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Cameron and Davey taken on windy Hinkley tour

The Prime Minister and the Energy Secretary have been taken on a tour around the Hinkley site where Britain's newest nuclear power plant will be built.

Ed Davey and David Cameron are shown site plans for Hinkley C. Credit: PA
David Cameron delivers a speech to workers in the Charge Hall at Hinkley Point B. Credit: PA
David Cameron and Ed Davey are shown around the site where Hinkley C will be built. Credit: PA

Video shows 'virtual visit' of nuclear power station

A video produced by EDF energy showing a CGI fly-through over the new Hinkley Point nuclear station allows people to go on a "virtual visit" of the site.

Today the Prime Minister confirmed that Britain's first new nuclear reactor for a generation will go ahead.

Hinkley C will become the single largest construction project in the UK, it will take 10 years to deliver and will cost billions.

Read: Green Party: Nuclear deal is 'disastrous decision'

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Ed Davey hails 'historic' nuclear energy deal

Energy Secretary Ed Davey told a news conference in London it was a "historic" day.

He said the UK was facing a "looming energy crisis" in the next decade thanks to years of neglect and under-investment.

Much of coal and nuclear-generated energy will stop in the coming years.

"We have known for years this is coming, but no-one was willing to take tough decisions."

Mr Davey stressed the project included plans to cover the costs of de-commissioning, with the operators required to pay into a fund from day one.

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