October 17, 2008

EDF Begins Public Consultation on Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station

French integrated energy operator Electricite de France has announced that it is beginning its community consultation on initial plans for a new nuclear power station on its site at Hinkley Point in the UK.

The program includes a series of exhibitions, newsletters, briefing meetings and a website allowing members of the public to submit their views on the proposals.

Electricite de France (EDF) is currently planning to build a third-generation nuclear power station on the 86-hectare site. The plant would generate around 1,600MW of electricity, enough for about two million homes in the UK.

EDF said that its current plans could create approximately 350 direct permanent jobs and over 2,000 temporary jobs during the peak construction period, as well as further indirect jobs.

The consultation will focus on the scope of the environmental impact assessment EDF plans to carry out on its site, and on the government's strategic site assessment process for new nuclear power stations.