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Live reaction: Hinkley nuclear power plant approved by government

The Hinkley C nuclear power station will go ahead following a "new agreement" with EDF, the Government has confirmed.

Here are the major developments:

  • The Government announced the new deal on Thursday morning
  • Energy Minister Greg Clark described it as a "major step forward" and an £18 billion investment in the economy creating 26,000 jobs
  • Chinese company CGN, which is investing in the deal, said it was "very happy" and that it was now "able to move forward and deliver" nuclear capacity at Sizewell and Bradwell
  • Unions and the French government have welcomed the deal
  • But Greenpeace has slammed the decision
  • Labour said the plant was 'vital' for the economy but criticised the Government's negotiations
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China's CGN to submit design for Bradwell nuclear site

File photo of the former Bradwell nuclear power station in Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex. Credit: PA Wire

The Chinese firm helping to build the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point is set to submit a design for another site.

State-owned CGN said it is now able to move forward and deliver nuclear capacity at other UK sites including Sizewell in Suffolk and Bradwell in Essex, after the government gave the £18 billion project the go-ahead.

For Bradwell, the firm plans to submit a design for UK regulatory approval, which could take four years.

The reactor design and technology will need to be approved for use in the UK before the station can be built.

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