Hinkley yes. Flamanville no.

Over the past two weeks reports have proliferated about Hinkley C staff being halved. Concern about a lack of social distancing at the construction site led to EdF agreeing to cut the onsite workforce from 4,000 to 2,000.

Whilst EdF may have reluctantly cut the workforce in Somerset, it is a very different story in Flamanville. Flamanville you may recall is the French Nuclear Power station that is the prototype for Hinkley C. It is also owned and run by EdF as is the older Flamanville 1 and 2 nuclear power stations which are still “in service” but are both closed for maintenance.

In Flamanville, the number of workers was cut to just 100.

The contrast between the approach to the workforce on the two sites is interesting to note.

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