Green light for nuclear

Marion Dakers
THE GOVERNMENT hopes to inject some momentum into its flagging nuclear ambitions with plans revealed in the same week as the Budget.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change is gearing up to give planning permission to the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant this week, though it remains in talks with EDF about price subsidies that could yet derail the scheme.

The green light is expected to come tomorrow, as George Osborne prepares to reaffirm his goal to boost the economy with big building work.

Osborne, who introduced a successor to private finance initiative (PFI) projects in December, will give an update on road work, rail links and other infrastructure schemes.