Nuclear

Toshiba expects loss of $1bn over sell-offs

Toshiba expects loss of $1bn over sell-offs

Toshiba will be hit by losses of almost $1 billion after it was forced to let go of its UK and US energy businesses. The move is part of the firm’s restructuring programme over the past three years that included the collapse of its US subsidiary Westinghouse Electric. Toshiba’s UK […]

UK set to provide grid with fusion power by 2030

UK set to provide grid with fusion power by 2030

UK scientists have made a major breakthrough on nuclear fusion technology that could provide unlimited clean energy. The Tokamak reactor in Oxfordshire hit 15 million °C using a process that mimics chemical reactions that occur on the sun. Nuclear fusion is the process that involves hydrogen atoms joining to make […]

Saudi Arabia looks to nuclear to diversify its energy mix

Saudi Arabia looks to nuclear to diversify its energy mix

Saudi Arabia announced its intention to build its first nuclear reactor as part of wider reforms in the country. The government hopes to expand nuclear installed capacity to 17.6 GW by 2032, making it one of the most ambitious nuclear initiatives in the world. According to the International Atomic Energy […]

Sizewell start date set for 2021

Sizewell start date set for 2021

EDF has confirmed it aims to begin construction of its Sizewell C nuclear power plant, in Suffolk, by the end of 2021. The French energy giant will hold its finals consultations with stakeholders on the scheme in January 2019 and will then submit planning applications in 2020 with the target […]

Finland’s Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor faces further delays

Finland’s Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor faces further delays

The proposed Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant in Finland could face further delays, having been postponed by over a decade already, according to its operator Teollisuuden Voima (TVO). French state-owned nuclear company Areva is leading the project in western Finland, which has experienced continued delays and increasing costs, with the […]

Richard Harrington supports nuclear amidst rising costs and prolonged delays

Richard Harrington supports nuclear amidst rising costs and prolonged delays

UK Business and Industry minister Richard Harrington has outlined his support for nuclear power to fill the gaps of renewable energy, despite the rising costs of building next generation plants. Speaking at the Conservative party conference last week, Harrington said: “I still believe the whole base case with nuclear power […]

Further welding repairs may be needed at Flamanville

Further welding repairs may be needed at Flamanville

EDF’s flagship Flamanville nuclear power plant could need further work to its faulty weldings that have already cause delays to the project. In July it was announced that the project would face further delays and additional costs as a result of faults in 33 of the 148 inspected fuses at […]

Belgium set for winter blackouts amidst aging nuclear plants

Belgium set for winter blackouts amidst aging nuclear plants

Belgium is preparing for power shortages this winter as its ageing nuclear fleet struggles to meet demand. The first course of action, according to energy minister Marie-Christine Marghem, is to ask neighbouring countries, including France, Germany and the Netherlands, to transport electricity via cross-border cables. Another option is to contract […]