Hinkley Point C hit the headlines again last week as the UK Government finally gave the green light for French firm EDF with the backing of the Chinese Government-controlled China General Nuclear (CGN) to commence work on the countries first Nuclear Power Plant for 20 years. The controversial £18bn project will provide up to 25,000 job opportunities, employing over 5,600 on site during the core build and boast Europe’s largest construction site.
Suffering several delays since early engagement between EDF and local residents back in 2008, the most recent has come from Prime Minister Theresa May amid national security concerns relating to China’s 33% stake and involvement in the project. Following more than a month of discussions, a deal has finally been struck with new terms promoting the Government’s control on the prevention of the sale of EDF’s controlling stake prior to the completion of construction, and changes to how the outsourcing process works, along with a clause relating to foreign investment in Britain’s critical infrastructure. Various press outlets are now offering expert commentary relating to security concerns at what will be the countries newest and most talked about Critical National Infrastructure (CNI).
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