British government agrees to launch the project to build two EPRs at Hinkley Point
Energy policy – United Kingdom/launch of EPR project at Hinkley Point – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of the Economy and Finance
Paris, 15 September 2016
The Minister of the Economy and Finance and the Minister of State for Industry welcome the British government’s agreement to launch the project to build two EPRs at Hinkley Point in the United Kingdom.
This confirmation is a major step in Franco-British industrial and energy cooperation.
This British decision is good news for the French nuclear industry. It is in line with its overhaul, begun by the government and aimed at adapting it to the new market situation and particularly to the requirements of increased nuclear safety and the challenges of the fight against climate change.
The project will help maintain our industry’s skills with a view to updating the French nuclear fleet and increasing the use of renewable energies in our country. It will be a strong unifier for all manufacturers in the industry. It will be a major benchmark worldwide.
It is an undeniable success for French industry and its place in the world, and makes an important contribution to supporting jobs in France./.