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How to keep Hinkley Point C on track

Learn the lessons from nuclear projects elsewhere

By Malcolm Grimston  

Diggers on the Hinkley site ©Andrew Matthews PA Wire/PA Images

Read more: The folly of Hinkley

The recent troubles at Toshiba concerning their US nuclear arm, Westinghouse, for which costs have substantially overrun, demonstrate again that nuclear construction is an economically risky business. Since most of the cost of nuclear power goes on building the machine in the first place, anything that results in overruns in the initial schedule, in terms of time or cost, represents a serious threat to the finances of the scheme and indeed its investors.

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