French energy company EDF has taken the unusual step of issuing a statement to deny “unfounded rumours” in the press and said it still planned to build two nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

EDF said: “In recent days, a number of unfounded rumours and fanciful stories, from anonymous sources, have been put out in the media.

“They explicitly target, in a concerted way, the project to build two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point.”

‘Seriously harmful’

The company added: “EDF refutes these rumours and confirms that the date of first operation of the first reactor is fixed at the end of 2025 and that no delay is anticipated.

“EDF regards this anonymous press campaign as seriously harmful to our interests as well as the interests of the industry and to jobs in France and Europe.

“The board will have at its disposal all the necessary information to make a decision once the time has come to take the final investment decision.”

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