Ministers see nuclear progress at Hinkley Point C

12 February 2020

Ministers from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy visited Hinkley Point C recently to see progress at the new nuclear power station.

Hinkley Point C will supply the UK with reliable low carbon electricity for decades to come and will be an essential part of a future energy mix without polluting fossil fuels.

The ministers heard about the UK supply chain and the progress on the two reactors. Unit One is now being built above ground and the project’s next major milestone is completion of the base for Unit Two in June later this year.

The ministers also visited Hinkley Point B power station which recently hit a new record for low carbon electricity production in the UK, passing 300TWH, enough to continuously power every home in the UK for three years, avoiding 105 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Plans are advancing for a near identical station at Sizewell C in Suffolk. The advantages of replication of the UK EPR design means it can be built and financed at a lower cost for consumers.

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