French government says it supports UK nuclear plant project

PARIS – France’s economy minister has confirmed the government supports French energy company EDF’s nuclear power plant project in southwest England.

Emmanuel Macron told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper on Sunday that the final investment decision “may be confirmed next September.”

The decision was expected in May but EDF, which is majority-owned by the French government, decided Friday to take more time to consult with the company’s unions. Some of them have expressed concerns about the financing of the 24 billion euro ($27 billion) project.

Macron insisted the project must not be further delayed.

The Hinkley Point nuclear power plant could ultimately produce 7 per cent of British electricity and create 25,000 jobs, according to EDF. It had been due to start producing electricity in 2023.