Nuclear

US nuclear developers call on Trump to sell plants abroad

US nuclear developers call on Trump to sell plants abroad

US nuclear energy developers have met with President Donald Trump to ask him to help win foreign contracts to build power plants abroad. Following the meeting held at the White House, Chris Crane, the chief executive officer at the larger US operator of nuclear power plants Exelon Corp, said: “There […]

Nuclear deals concluded on trade after Brexit

Nuclear deals concluded on trade after Brexit

Britain has finalised all replacement international agreements needed for continuity of nuclear trade post-Brexit, according the business secretary Greg Clark. Greg Clark said deals had been made with Australia, Canada and the US which also safeguarded agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The UK has an existing agreement […]

UK nuclear fleet in doubt

UK nuclear fleet in doubt

The UK’s nuclear fleet recorded a 12% drop in contributions to the country’s energy mix in January, raising questions over how long its ageing fleet can continue to operate. The temporary closure of two of the UK’s eight nuclear plants resulted in nuclear generation dropping by over 10% in January […]

EDF denies ‘retreat’ from the UK

EDF denies ‘retreat’ from the UK

French energy giant EDF has denied reports that it was considering a retreat from the UK energy market because of the government’s energy policies. Last week, reports suggested EDF was “weighing options to distance itself from the British energy market”. Since then the French firm has reiterated its commitment to […]

Coal key to German nuclear phase out

Coal key to German nuclear phase out

Germany will need to retain half of its coal-fired power generation through to 2030 as a result of the planned closure of its nuclear reactors, German Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier has said. Following the Fukushima disaster in Japan, Germany ordered the immediate shutdown of eight of its seventeen […]

EDF to test welding at Flamanville

EDF to test welding at Flamanville

French stated own energy giant EDF is set to make further tests on faulty weldings at Flamanville nuclear power plant. In a statement, EDF said: “EDF actively continues to implement the action plan on welds of the main secondary system announced on 25 July 2018. The ‘hot tests’ are now […]

UK energy security under threat following Hitachi decision

UK energy security under threat following Hitachi decision

Hitachi’s decision to suspend work on the Wylfa nuclear power plant has heightened concerns over energy security in the UK, as government looks to reduce its use of reliable energy sources. The UK’s programme of nuclear construction, which was set to contribute a significant proportion of British power in the […]

French grid calls for restart of coal plants

French grid calls for restart of coal plants

French electricity grid operator RTE called for EDF to recommence operations at its Cordemais coal power plants following a strike, as cold weather closes in on Europe. Workers at the state-owned power plant went on strike on 11 January to protest against the government’s plans to phase out coal power […]