EDF Energy are expected to be granted planning permission to build the first power plant in the UK for generations later today.
The £14 billion power plant at Hinkley point in Somerset would be capable of powering five million homes. It would be one if the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects in years.
EDF wants to build two new reactors at Hinkley that would provide 7% of the UK’s electricity needs and would employ 25,000 people on the construction alone.
Despite the expected decision by Energy Secretary Ed Davey, EDF are still unsure whether or not they will go ahead with the project. They are still in negotiation over what they could charge for the electricity in decades to come.
The designs for the new power plant, which would join two others already on the site, were revealed in December and discussions have been ongoing since.
The controversial proposal for the new power plant has been faced with many issues, including Centrica pulling out of the deal, but today’s decision is the final one required before work can begin.
Three environmental permits were granted by the Environmental Agency last week which cover the discharge and disposal of radioactive waste and cooling water and running of standby generators.
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