"The Government said it will take a short time to consider the project. That is understandable and I fully respect the decision ...... and have just this week been released from three weeks in the clinic after a major attack of apoplexy: now, I'm back in action to threaten you with Chinese Displeasure.
"China’s participation is much more than £6bn of inward investment. It brings the benefits of a 30-year partnership between EDF and CGN in nuclear construction in China, a country with the largest civil nuclear programme in the world"Sounds nice - for EDF, at least.
"We know and trust our Chinese partners. Beyond that, the UK independent nuclear regulator has only granted Hinkley Point a nuclear site licence after being satisfied that security has been properly addressed. All staff on nuclear projects are rigorously vetted, wherever they come from. As is standard practice, the control systems at Hinkley Point C will be isolated from IT systems and the internet"Touching stuff. Hope it's all as secure as the works entrance to Hinkley Point (photo). Writing as someone who has frequently been on the inside of utilities with this approach to IT, I can safely say that any contractor who has access to those 'isolated systems' (which would be quite a few, over the years) has ample opportunity for mischief.
"Once the new-build nuclear industry is restarted, costs are expected to fall for future projects"OK mon brave, you can come back when you don't need a subsidy and we'll be pleased to see you. Bon courage with that.