The UK government has identified nuclear power as a key ingredient in the country’s future energy mix. If given planning permission, Hinkley Point C could become the first of the UK’s third-generation power stations and produce more than 6% of the country’s total energy demand.
Hinkley Point headland is already home to Hinkley Point A (now being decommissioned) and B (currently producing 2% of the UK’s power) nuclear power stations. However, as this is the first new build station in over 20 years, developer EDF Energy (EDF) wanted to ensure that it had extensive knowledge of the surrounding geology to help it make a successful application for planning permission to the Infrastructure Planning Committee (IPC).
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