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EDF works council launches legal challenge to prevent Hinkley Point C final investment decision

EDF’s works council has launched a last-ditch attempt to block Hinkley Point C with a legal challenge trying to delay a final investment decision.

Reuters reported that the works council, which represents EDF workers, has filed a complaint with a Paris court that will heard on 2 August, with council secretary Jean-Luc Magnaval saying “we demand a suspension of the decision”.

The August hearing will come a week after an investment decision is expected to be made by EDF board members.

EDF has called a board meeting this Thursday to consider an FID for the £18bn plant, but unions want to delay this due to financial concerns.

This is the second legal challenge launched by the works council after it tried to force EDF to release confidential documents relating to the project, including contracts signed with the UK government and Chinese nuclear company CGN.

The latest legal challenge comes after a EDF carried out a one-month consultation with the works council over Hinkley, which concluded on 5 July.

EDF said in a statement last week that an FID would result in construction starting on the first concrete reactor in mid-2019.

The announcement came during prime minister Theresa May’s visit to France, where she held talks with French president Francois Hollande.

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