Marginal role for gas if Hinkley Point C is cancelled

The UK’s Hinkley Point C nuclear plant is facing further delays, but potential gains for gas could be limited by climate policies The UK’s Hinkley Point C nuclear plant is facing further delays, but potential gains for gas could be limited by climate policies
By Silvia Favasuli 7 August 2017 0 27076
An artist’s impression of the Hinkley C nuclear power station. (EDF)

Further delays to the construction of the UK’s Hinkley Point C nuclear power project may boost the need for new gas-fired capacity, analysts have said. 

At the beginning of July, Hinkley C’s developer, French company EDF, announced that the nuclear plant could be completed 15 months later than previously scheduled – shifting the delivery date from 2025 to 2027. EDF also added that the plant is at least £1.5 billion ($2.0 billion) over budget. 

“[Delays or cancellation] at Hinkley could improve the prospects of gas,”

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