Nuclear

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 […]

Wylfa B nuclear site approved

Wylfa B nuclear site approved

A proposal to clear a site for the construction of the £12 billion Wylfa B nuclear site has been approved, despite opposition from environmentalists. The 15-month process will be undertaken by Horizon Nuclear Power that will clear the 740-acre site to build the power plant, although Greenpeace is seeking to […]

Japanese nuclear station relying on diesel after quake

Japanese nuclear station relying on diesel after quake

A Japanese nuclear power station has been forced to turn to emergency backup power following an earthquake that struck the northern island of Hokkaido, knocking out electricity in the region. The Tomari nuclear power plant, operated by Hokkaido Electric Power was hit by the magnitude 6.7 earthquake during the early […]

Sweden’s nuclear code of conduct could be brought to a premature end

Sweden’s nuclear code of conduct could be brought to a premature end

A 2016 accord that was established to provide stability for Sweden’s utilities for nearly thirty years could be set to be ripped up after next month’s general election. The Sweden Democrats, which are considered favourites in some polls, have said the party would officially cancel nuclear power plant closures if […]

MPs back plan to bury nuclear waste under national parks

MPs back plan to bury nuclear waste under national parks

National parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs) could become the new burial sites for highly radioactive nuclear waste under government plans, supported by a committee of MPs. The deep geological burial method is seen to be the only permanent solution to storing nuclear waste that will continue to […]

Fate of Cumbria nuclear plant undecided

Fate of Cumbria nuclear plant undecided

The fate of a new Moorside nuclear power plant in Cumbria hangs in the balance after it was discovered 100 of the project’s UK staff had been laid off, causing fresh concerns for the project. Toshiba has been attempting to sell the NuGeneration consortium behind the Moorside plant as a […]