The granting of the site licence is recognition from the regulator that NNB GenCo, the new nuclear build subsidiary of EDF Energy, has developed the required management structure, plans and procedures needed for the construction and operation of the proposed new nuclear power station in Somerset.
The conditions of the licence require the development, implementation and maintenance of adequate safety arrangements throughout the life of Hinkley Point C.
EDF Energy still needs further consent from the ONR to actually start nuclear-related construction, as well as full planning consent. Having completed the examination of EDF Energy's application to build and operate a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C in Somerset in September, the planning inspectorate now has until 21 December to put forward its recommendation to the energy secretary.
EDF Energy nuclear new build managing director Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson said: “The award of a nuclear site licence for Hinkley Point C is another crucial step forward as we ready ourselves to build the first new nuclear reactors in the UK for around 20 years, subject to our final investment decision.
“The nuclear site licence serves as a vote of confidence in EDF Energy’s ability to deliver new nuclear. Following recent confirmation by the joint regulator that the EPR reactor design is on course for approval later this year, the award of the nuclear site licence serves as further evidence of the strong momentum behind our new nuclear plans.”