Austria, a collective of German green energy companies, and imminently Luxembourg are challenging the decision that facilitates the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project. But is this resistance ultimately a futile exercise? Opinions welcome on Power Engineering International LinkedIn Group.
To add to an already complex situation, countries legally objecting to a European Commission decision to facilitate the construction of Hinkley Point C, a new nuclear power plant in the UK, have confirmed they are determined to pursue their case.
The British and French governments are set to formally sign the deal to progress with Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant today, two months to the day since Prime Minister Theresa May postponed the initial UK decision.
The signing of a deal between EDF and China General Nuclear Power Corporation on Hinkley Point C is almost the final piece of the new nuclear jigsaw that the UK has been trying to put together for a decade.
Despite the enthusiasm greeting yesterday's Hinkley Point C investment announcement, there still remains the matter of lawsuits filed by the Austrian government, Greenpeace Energy and nine German and Austrian utilities.
A committee of the United Nations has asked the UK government to put the development of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant on hold until a pending assessment of the environmental impact of the facility is completed.