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Britain urged to expedite decision on nuclear power project

Staff Writer | August 4, 2016
China urged Britain to decide "as soon as possible" to proceed with the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant after the new British government said it would delay the final decision.
Hinkley Point C
Nuclear energy   China, Britain and France
"I'd like to stress that the project was agreed on by China, Britain and France in the spirit of reciprocity and win-win cooperation," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a press release, adding that the project had always been strongly backed by the British and French sides.

According to an agreement reached last October, the Chinese consortium led by China General Nuclear Power Corp. (CGN) would hold a 33.5 percent stake in the project, and Electricite de France, or EDF, a 66.5 percent.

A deal was supposed to be inked by the British government, EDF and China General Nuclear Power Corp. on July 29.

The British government, however, said recently it wanted to give the project further consideration.

"[We] hope that the British side will make a decision as soon as possible to ensure the project's smooth implementation," Hua said.