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Ed Davey paves way for EDF’s Hinkley Point nuclear project

Energy Secretary OKs first new nuclear power station in the UK for 18 years after ‘rigorous examination’

Ed Davey gives planning permission for EDF nuclear reactorsAfter subsidy negotiations threatened to collapse EDF’s multi-billion-pound plan to build two nuclear reactors in Hinkley Point in Somerset, Energy Secretary Ed Davey has announced his consent today.

Calling it a boost to Britain’s move toward a low-carbon energy mix, the Department of Energy and Climate Change states that the station will generate enough energy to fuel 5 million homes.

In addition to providing energy, the project will offer up to 25,000 jobs throughout its construction, and another 900 permanent jobs upon completion.

Davey notes that his decision came after much careful examination, and believes it is the right choice for both policy and people: “I am confident that the planning decision I have made is robust, evidence-based, compatible with the Energy National Policy Statements and is in the best interests of the country.

“It’s vital to get investment in new infrastructure to get the economy moving. Low carbon energy projects will bring major investment, supporting jobs and driving growth.”

Davey added that the plant will create “vast amounts” of clean energy as well as provide energy security.

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