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UK says Hinkley nuclear plant delays will not affect taxpayers



© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: General view of construction work at the Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station construction site, in Bridgwater, Britain April 7, 2022. Finnbarr Webster/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government said on Friday that delays in the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station would not have any impact on taxpayers, adding that it would work closely with the plant’s developer EDF (EPA:) to complete the project.

French utility EDF said on Thursday it was pushing back the start date on its Hinkley Point C nuclear reactor to June 2027 and now estimated project costs in the range of 25 billion to 26 billion pounds ($31 to $32 billion).

“While the Covid pandemic has understandably led to delays, the revised Hinkley Point C construction forecast will have no impact on British billpayers or taxpayers, with any increase in costs borne entirely by the developers,” a British government spokesperson said.

“We will continue to work closely with EDF to bring Hinkley Point C to completion.”



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