Commenting on the Prime Minister's decision to progress with Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, Nick Baveystock, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Director General, said:
"The Prime Minister's decision to approve the project is a major step forward for the future of UK energy security. The decision comes at critical time, demonstrating confidence in the infrastructure sector and in the UK as a place to invest. Nuclear is part of a combined approach to the UK's energy mix and must form part of coherent energy policy. The ICE led National Needs Assessment, due to be published in October, highlights the fundamental role of energy in underpinning all of our other infrastructure services - now and in the future.
"Nuclear provides a good base load power source, but the new fleet is at least 10 years away from power generation and capacity margins are tightening. Technologies such as new combined cycle gas turbines, renewables and electricity storage must be driven forward, alongside demand management initiatives."