Drone footage of the Hinckley Point nuclear power plans obtained by The Guardian shows just how massive a scale the project really is.
Construction trucks and cranes litter the site of enormous reactors, which will eventually make up Britain’s first new nuclear power station in a generation. The plant is expected to become operational by 2025.
The U.K. government approved the $24 billion Hinkley Point nuclear plant in September after imposing “significant new safeguards” to prevent possible Chinese spying.
Prime Minister Theresa May considered canceling plant due to its high costs. Environmentalists accused the Chinese company behind the plant of nuclear espionage in August.
Hinckley Point is being built by the French power company Électricité de France (EDF) and is partly financed by state-controlled Chinese companies.
EDF agreed in July to build the Hinkley Point nuclear reactors by 2025 after years of delays. If the reactors aren’t built, U.K. taxpayers could be on the hook for $31.6 billion, according to documents released by the government. EDF is still planning to build the reactors, despite the company’s serious financial problems and the fact that the project is below investment grade.
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