Delays, rising costs and now a rift at the top of EDF, the giant French company we are relying on to build a new Nuclear power station to replace this one at Hinkey Point. The chief financial officer Thomas Piquemal, is reported to have warned that EDF’S future could be jeopardised by the Hinkley Project, his resignation raising more doubts over the power station itself.

Tom Burke: “What’s quite clear now is that there is a real internal debate inside EDF. We have now had two senior people leave within a month, both clearly having trouble convincing their colleagues not to go ahead in the direction that their colleagues want to go. So I think that this is a really serious question mark against the whole future of Hinkley. ”