A top government adviser and academic believes Brexit has put paid to hopes that the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project will ever go ahead.

Paul Dorfman said it was “extremely unlikely” that French energy giant EDF would continue with its plans, which have already been hit by a series of delays.
Paul Dorfman, senior research fellow at University College London
Mr Dorfman, a senior research fellow at University College London, told the Times newspaper, “My view is that it seems extremely unlikely now. It’s probably all over bar the shouting. How can EDF invest billions when there is so much uncertainty?”

Angus Brendan MacNeil MP, chairman of the Commons energy and climate select committee, said Hinkley nuclear power plant was “bedevilled by uncertainty”.

“Until last week … EDF was investing in another EU member state. Now that is no longer the case,” he said.

EDF and the French government maintain that Brexit will have no impact and told The Times: “EDF confirms its commitment to the Hinkley Point project, which continues.”

Meanwhile French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday at a nuclear power conference, “Britain remains an important economic partner and her energy needs are still the same and it is why I still consider that a timely EDF investment decision on Hinkley Point is needed.”

Macron also said that France will take a majority subscription in EDF’s planned capital increase.

When asked if Brexit had negative implications for Britain’s new nuclear hopes, the World Nuclear Association told Power Engineering International, “We would note that all the UK newbuild consortia have so far stated intention to continue with their projects.”