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The Brexit effect on UK nuclear

Nuclear Policies

24 June 2016

EDF Energy, NuGeneration and Horizon Nuclear Power have all stressed their commitment to the UK's nuclear new build program, despite the country's decision to leave the European Union. Nevertheless, the majority vote in favour of 'Brexit' - decided in a national referendum held yesterday - may have implications for investment in new reactors and nuclear research, as well for the UK's future role in meeting climate change targets, industry participants said.

Hinkley must be on time to benefit from CfDs, committee told

New Nuclear

25 May 2016

The UK government has not given EDF a deadline for its final investment decision on Hinkley Point C, but the contract for difference (CfD) element of their contract would be cancelled if the project is delivered eight years later than planned, in 2033. This was the conclusion of British lawmakers who yesterday grilled the UK Minister of State for Energy and the lead negotiator in talks between the government and the French-owned utility.

Horizon appoints JV for Wylfa Newydd project

New Nuclear

20 May 2016

Wylfa Newydd site - aerial - 48The UK's Horizon Nuclear Power has today appointed a joint venture responsible for construction of its Wylfa Newydd plant. The newly created company, Menter Newydd, is a joint venture of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Bechtel Management Company and JGC Corporation (UK).

Clearance continues of Berkeley waste vaults

Waste and Recycling

14 June 2016

Berkeley FED containers - 48The retrieval of mixed waste from the underground chambers at the decommissioned Berkeley nuclear power plant in the UK is progressing. Clearance of these vaults will enable the two Magnox units to enter a period of long-term passive storage.

EDF Energy chief refuses to 'prejudge' outcome of HPC talks

New Nuclear

24 May 2016

Vincent de Rivaz, the CEO of EDF Energy, said today he does not want to "prejudge" the outcome of the French-owned company's consultation with the Central Works Council, which needs to be completed before a final investment decision on Hinkley Point C can be made. Giving evidence to the UK parliament's Energy and Climate Change Committee, de Rivaz said the consultation, which began on 2 May, would take at least 60 days.

Visions shortlisted for new UK nuclear project

New Nuclear

19 May 2016

Moorside vision (K2 Architects) 48Shortlists of architects and landscapers have been selected by NuGen for the forthcoming Moorside nuclear power plant's surroundings, visitors centre, office blocks and workers accommodation.