Nuclear

EDF has threatened to abandon work unless it gets government assurance

EDF has threatened to abandon work unless it gets government assurance

EDF has said it could cease work at a Suffolk nuclear power plant unless it gets government assurance that a viable funding model exists. According to Simone Rossi, EDF Energy’s UK chief executive, rapid progress will need to be made if the cost cutting progress is to be achieved from […]

Watchdog raises concerns over Hinkley

Watchdog raises concerns over Hinkley

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has discussed its concerns with EDF Energy over its management failings of the Hinkley Point C power station that could have a serious impact on safety if not addresses. Several shortcomings were identified during an inspection of the supply chain of the £20 billion […]

600 workers stage a sit in at Hinkley Point C

600 workers stage a sit in at Hinkley Point C

Workers at the EDF site, Hinkley Point C, staged a mass sit-in during this month’s cold spell, claiming they had not been paid in days after the snow stopped work last week. Although local managers offered the 2,000 workers, that were sent home due to the bad weather, money in […]

Hinkley chain management improvements needed

Hinkley chain management improvements needed

An inspection has found the Hinkley Point C needs to make improvements to its supply chain management before construction can continue to grow. Britain’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) launched an investigation into the supply chain arrangements for Hinkley following falsification issues at one of the plant’s main suppliers, Fromatome’s […]

Expert calls for more monitoring of beaches

Expert calls for more monitoring of beaches

A leading nuclear expert has said Caithness beach must be closely monitored after a radioactive fragment was found washed up onshore. Dr John Large, who has advised on governments around the world, said the tiny particle found on Sandside beach was probably discharged into the sea decades ago and could […]

Academic: coal will be essential for the foreseeable future

Academic: coal will be essential for the foreseeable future

Recent rounds of severe weather in the US have highlighted the necessity of coal generated electricity as the country transitions to natural gas and eventually renewable energy. Coal and nuclear power plant played a vital role in providing baseload power for the US during a recent bout of extreme weather […]

Macron’s fight against climate change leaves grid exposed

Macron’s fight against climate change leaves grid exposed

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that he will close all coal and nuclear power plants, but in doing so could leave thousands of people without power. In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, Macron said the fight against climate change would be one of […]

Coal, nuclear keeping the lights on in USA during extreme weather

Coal, nuclear keeping the lights on in USA during extreme weather

Coal and nuclear power plants have played a vital role in providing baseload power for the US during a recent bout of extreme weather conditions. During the cold spell that has recently hit the US, signs of fatigue began to show across the nation’s power grid, which saw oil inventories […]