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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 […]

EDF acquires 49% stake in Conergies Group

EDF acquires 49% stake in Conergies Group

French state-owned energy giant EDF has purchased a forty-nine percent stake, for an undisclosed sum, in Conergies Group. African firm Conergies Group is a leading energy group with over 130 projects across the continent, including in Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Benin and Guinea. The acquisition comes as EDF […]

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 […]

Government cuts wind subsidies

Government cuts wind subsidies

The UK Government has cut subsidies for offshore wind farms, forcing projects to seek cost cutting measures to help push their proposals forward. Energy minister Claire Perry announced, in May, subsidy contracts worth up to £60 million a year for new projects – one third of the value of subsidies […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]