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French Union Opposes Hinkley Point C Nuclear Project

Hinkley Point C nuclear project

A French trade union said it would not back construction of the $26 billion, dual-unit Hinkley Point C nuclear project in the UK due to financial issues.

The union, Confédération française de l’encadrement-Confédération générale des cadres (CFE-CGC), said plant owner EDF’s financial woes and environmentalist opposition could end the project, according to several news reports. EDF’s chiefs in both France and the UK, as well as the French and UK governments, have all backed the project to build two European Pressurized Reactors (EPRs) to generate 3,200-MW of electricity.

Chinese nuclear company CGN has committed to fund one-third of Hinkley Point C. EDF planned to have a final investment decision on the project in December, but the 60-day consultation with the union could potentially delay the decision, the articles said.

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