Britain gives green light to nuclear plant
The British government has given the go-ahead for the first of a planned new generation of nuclear power plants in the UK.
But construction of the first new nuclear reactors since the 1990s depends on a deal being struck between the government and energy giant EDF over the price the company will get for electricity generated at the site at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
EDF said intensive discussions were ongoing on the guaranteed "strike" price for power generated at the plant, consisting of two reactors – which will supply enough electricity for five million homes.
The move to grant planning permission for Hinkley Point was welcomed by unions and local councils in the region, who said it would generate tens of thousands of jobs and boost the economy.