EDF Energy (Euronext: EDF) has been given the go ahead from the European Commission to build a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C in the UK.

EDF Energy submitted relevant documentation to the European Commission in January 2010 in line with the requirements of the Euratom Treaty, under which developers of new nuclear power stations must notify the EC of any investment projects.

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All aspects of the project relating to the objectives of the Euratom Treaty were subsequently assessed through an internal EC working group and through discussions between the EC and the investor, according to World Nuclear News.

The Commission concluded that the project to build two EPR reactors at the site in England’s south-west “fulfils the objectives of the Euratom Treaty and contributes to develop a sustainable national energy mix”.

EDF Energy Nuclear New Build managing director Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson said, “We are delighted that the European Commission has given the Hinkley Point C project a clean bill of health.”

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