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No impact on Hinkley Point nuclear plant scheme, says Amber Rudd

Published 29/06/2016

The new reactor at Hinkley Point is one of a number of large infrastructure projects thrown into doubt by the vote to leave the European Union
The new reactor at Hinkley Point is one of a number of large infrastructure projects thrown into doubt by the vote to leave the European Union

Plans to build the first new nuclear power plant in a generation have not been affected by the Brexit vote, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said.

The new reactor at Hinkley Point, Somerset, is one of a number of large infrastructure projects thrown into doubt by the vote to leave the European Union.

Speaking at a conference on business and climate change, Ms Rudd said: "We are still full tilt on Hinkley Point."

She said she had spoken to the chief executive of French energy giant EDF, which is building the power plant, and the company was "absolutely committed" to making a final investment decision on the scheme.

"They wanted reassurance from us - as we sought reassurance from them - that there was no change at all in the process and decision to proceed.

"We hope to have the final investment decision very soon. I don't believe it will be impacted at all."

She also said there was a great future for developing small modular nuclear reactors.

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