Pandemic setbacks raise Hinkley build cost by £500m

EDF has postponed the expected start date for electricity generation at Hinkley Point C to June 2026 and revealed that construction of the new nuclear plant in Somerset may cost up to £23.7 billion, depending on whether further delays materialise. When the government gave the final go-ahead in September 2016, the power station was expected to cost £18.1 billion to build and start generating electricity at the end of 2025.

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