UK's first nuclear power plant moves step closer
26 September 2012
EDF Energy has formally submitted its application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission to build a £10bn nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point, Somerset.
The start and completion dates of work on the station are still uncertain because EDF will not make its final investment decision until the completion of the planning inquiry. The company is also waiting for safety clearance on the nuclear technology.
The Government wants to accelerate the development of new power plants to avoid capacity shortages caused by the closure of old nuclear and coal plants.