EDF react to power struggle

Heysham Power Station
Heysham Power Station

EDF Energy have refused to comment on whether the first Chinese designed and built atomic power station in Britain could be at Heysham.

It is thought that EDF’s sites at Heysham, or Hartlepool in north east England, could be the most sought after by the Chinese.

The Sunday Times said that EDF has already teamed up with two state-owned giants, China General Nuclear Power Corporation and 
China National Nuclear Corporation, to build two reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

The plants would be the first since Sizewell C in Suffolk in 1995.

However, it is understood that EDF’s Chinese partners have now begun talks to buy land that would be suitable for the construction of their own reactor.

This follows a deal David Cameron agreed last month during the visit of Chinese premier Li Keqiang.

It allows for China to design, own and operate nuclear stations in Britain.

EDF, which is 84 per cent owned by the French state, operates almost all of Britain’s atomic power plants.

In 2010 the government identified eight sites that would be suitable for new 
stations. All are where 
plants are already in operation.

Protesters at a recent vigil have warned about potential dangers at Heysham Power Station 
if there are storm surges on the coast in the future.