New Hinkley Point doubts as unions plan opposition 

Posted: May 27, 2016 by oldbrew in Nuclear power, Uncertainty

credit: IB Times

credit: IB Times

This non-project (so far) must hold some sort of record for delays, doubts, cost increases and basic feasibility. PEI reports on the latest negative news.

The beleaguered Hinkley Point C project in western England is set to suffer another setback, with the unions involved in EDF reinforcing their opposition to the nuclear power plant project going ahead.

Following earlier dissent from within the ranks of the EDF board, the company decided to hold talks with the unions, while outwardly the French government reassured the British government that they were fully behind the project.

However the 60-day union consultation, supposed to be the final hurdle for the company to clear before granting approval sometime after Britain’s EU referendum at the end of June, now looks set to postpone a final investment decision yet again.

Speaking to the BBC on Thursday, Jean-Luc Magnaval, the secretary of the EDF workers’ committee, which represents those unions, said that he remained opposed to the scheme despite EDF’s consultation. Mr Magnaval told Newsnight: “We want something that will work. We wish that EDF was as keen to improve the project as they are to start work on it. We have reservations about several aspects of the project: organisation, supply chain, installation and procurement.

“The trade union is unlikely to give its blessing to the project in its current state. We are not reassured by the documents we have received. We have been given a marketing folder not the full information we require.”

The company could push ahead anyway. With management and the government, which owns 85 per cent of the company, both in favour, it has the votes it needs to approve the project, albeit with unprecedented board-level dissent.

Source: New Hinkley Point doubts as unions plan opposition – Power Engineering International

  1. oldbrew says:

    The Daily Caller claims: ‘French Union Kills UK Nuclear Plant Worth $26 Billion’

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  2. Curious George says:

    The only problems are organisation, supply chain, installation and procurement. Maybe it is time to change the supply chain.

  3. Tim Hammond says:

    Why bother having management if the unions can second-guess it?

  4. Adam Gallon says:

    French unions. Riot at the drop of a hat.

  5. Graeme No.3 says:

    Cancel the agreement. That should concentrate minds (if they are capable of such).

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