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Court orders EDF to release Hinkley Point risk report

Power

12 Sept 2018 16:25

12 Sept 2018 16:25

(Montel) A court in Paris on Wednesday ordered French utility EDF to release a risk analysis report to the group’s works council (CEE) concerning its controversial Hinkley Point nuclear project in the UK.

The appeals court in Paris said the firm must communicate the report within a month and must consult the CEE regarding the project within two months.

In 2016, EDF refused to release all documents required by the council for it to be able to issue its advice on the controversial GBP 19.6bn project, triggering CEE’s legal action.

“Exceptional importance”

Staff representatives should have access to precise information on Hinkley Point because it “involves issues of exceptional importance in terms of financial commitments, duration of the project and strategy of the group”, said the court.

“The CEE welcomes this decision, which reiterates the importance of the right to information and consultation of staff representatives who are the voice of the employees,” the works council said in a statement.

EDF was not immediately available to comment.

The utility is planning to build two 1.6 GW new generation European pressurised reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset, southwest England, with the first unit due to become operational in 2025.

However, the project has courted controversy both in France and the UK because of its high costs.

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