UK and China Agree to Nuclear Power Deal Despite Significant Opposition

By Anthony Zurcher

EDF Energy, one of the United Kingdom’s larger energy companies, reached an agreement with China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) to build a new nuclear power plant in Somerset. With a final cost of 18-24 billion pounds, the Hinkley Point plant is estimated to generate more than 25,000 jobs and enough energy to provide for 6 million homes. However, it will also be the most expensive plant in the world, leading many to criticize the decision to pursue the project. Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to formally seal the deal after having met with British Prime Minister David Cameron throughout the week.