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    UK Liberal Democrats Oppose Construction of Hinkley Point C NPP in England

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    The UK Liberal Democrats on Monday voted to oppose the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant (NPP) in the Somerset county in southwest England, claiming that it has "poor value for money" for the British consumers.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The voting procedure was held at the party's conference in Brighton, which kicked off on Saturday and will last up to Tuesday.

    "Failing to call a stop to Hinkley will prove a costly mistake. Not just the financial cost to consumers and the public purse, but the opportunity cost for renewables…. The opportunity to pull the plug on Hinkley has been missed, and we will all pay for it from our pockets," Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat Energy spokeswoman, said in a statement published on the party's website.

    On September 15, the UK government approved the project of building a new $24 billion power station at Hinkley Point, which is co-financed by Chinese and French companies.

    The Hinkley Point C project was licensed by the UK government in 2012. The nuclear power plant is expected to meet 7 percent of the UK's energy needs once it opens in 2025, according to the French electricity company EDF.


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