Hinkley delay disappointing, swift decision needed

ICE has urged Government to make a swift decision on Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

Commenting on Government’s delay on the Hinkley decision -

Nick Baveystock, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Director General, said:

“This delay is disappointing. Government is absolutely right to ensure value for money for the public and we recognise it would’ve been difficult to conduct a review before EDF’s approval, but now more than ever timely, transparent decision making is needed. The UK needs to been seen as a reliable partner for investors around the world and we cannot expect to retain confidence if we keep putting back vital decisions. Capacity margins are also tightening and delivering a stable, low carbon energy supply depends on commitment to a mix of technologies – including nuclear - and our ability to make bold, strategic choices. We look forward to a swift decision from Government.”

Notes to editors

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a leading source of professional expertise in transport, water supply and treatment, flood management, waste and energy. Established in 1818, it has 88,000 members, 25% of whom are based overseas. ICE’s vision is to place civil engineering at the heart of society, delivering sustainable development through knowledge, skills and professional expertise. ICE has long worked with the government of the day to help it to achieve its objectives, and has worked with industry to ensure that construction and civil engineering remain major contributors to the UK economy.