Power needed to build a Power Station

EdF the French multinational building Hinkley C are applying for a permit.


To continue working they currently have 200 diesel powered generators on site.

According to the Environment Agency (EA) “the combined rated thermal input of the diesel generators at the HPC construction site means that….” in essence they need a permit.

Obviously the company will need power on site. For a project of this scale, a workforce of 5,000, then that doesn’t sound excessive.

The odd part of this story is it now goes out to public consultation.

Some of our readers will be anti nuclear power.

Some will be anti diesel generators.

Others will undoubtedly think the opposite.

The question that begs itself, is whether any of the lay public are actually qualified to know if this is reasonable or not.

Especially given that the consultation process is less than 2 weeks. Responses must be received by 17 June.

If you want to try and inform yourself and contribute, you’ll find all the information here:


But we have to finish by returning to our question. There are many things we like to be consulted on.

But in this case, with lots of expensive experts at its disposal, it seems odd that the EA should need to ask the public’s opinion.

And one final question. What exactly will they do if everyone writes in and says “don’t give permission.”

One comment

  • Why don’t they just plug into Hinkley Point B for the power needed to build Hinkley Point C (HPC)?!

    Use so-called green energy taken from Hinkley Point B (bar the radioactive waste left for thousands of years) instead of hundreds of smelly and sooty diesel generators!!

    Add in the gigantic construction CO2 footprint of 2x 47,000 tonnes of cement (reactor bases only) plus the CO” from on-site power generation plus other material manufacturing and transport CO2 footprints and the CO2 break even is how far off after the 2025 build date when (or if) HPC is ever completed?

    Remember that the oft quoted cost of £92.50p per Mw hour for HPC is at 2012 prices and is inflated by CPI inflation for every year of construction and now stands at £109.95p per Mw hour!

    Offshore wind is now around £40 per Mw hour by comparison and without the eye watering radioactive decommissioning costs at the end of life of any nuclear power station.

    Would offshore wind turbines have been a better use of the Bristol Channel?

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