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Rosatom's work overseas unaffected by pandemic, says DG

Rosatom's work overseas unaffected by pandemic, says DG

Rosatom's portfolio of foreign orders remains at the level of over USD250 billion and, in the 10-year perspective, "hovers around" USD140 billion, Director General Alexey Likhachov said yesterday during his meeting with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. The two men discussed the results of the state corporation's work in 2020, implementation of current projects, as well as the direction of strategic development, including green regulation and digitalisation of the economy.

Corporate 05 February 2021


Kazatomprom uranium output falls 15% on year

Kazatomprom uranium output falls 15% on year

Kaztomprom has issued preliminary 2020 production figures of 19,477 tU (on a 100% basis), which is 15% down on its 2019 output of 22,808 tU. Production volumes for the fourth quarter and for 2020 were significantly lower, related to the expected impact of the pandemic and the company’s decreased wellfield development activity, as well as lower staff levels in April-July 2020. Guidance for 2021 is 22,500-22,800 tU (100% basis).

Uranium & Fuel 02 February 2021


Hinkley Point C delayed until at least 2026

Hinkley Point C delayed until at least 2026

EDF has again revised the schedule and budget for the commissioning of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant under construction in Somerset, England. The start of electricity generation from unit 1 is now expected in June 2026, compared with end-2025 as initially announced in 2016. Delays arising from the pandemic will also increase the cost of the project by GBP500 million (USD684 million) to GBP23 billion.

Corporate 27 January 2021


The real challenges to nuclear are external, says panel

The real challenges to nuclear are external, says panel

The challenges the nuclear industry faces are largely external and must be overcome if it is to help tackle the existential threat of climate change, panellists in the Nuclear Energy and its Future session of the Reuters Next conference on 11 January said. These challenges include: the notion nuclear is an out-dated technology; the cost of finance; market design; political changes; perceived competition with renewable energy; and the public's misconceptions about radioactive waste.

Energy & Environment 14 January 2021


Message: Looking towards the light of 2021

Message: Looking towards the light of 2021

"It would not be a stretch to describe 2020 as an unforgettable year, with the on-going coronavirus pandemic having caused tremendous suffering and economic hardship across the world, and turning everyone's life upside down," writes World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León. "But this year has shown us that we can come together as a global community to fight a common adversary." Bilbao y León took over the reins of the London-headquartered organisation in October.

Perspectives 30 December 2020


Cigar Lake to enter second COVID-related suspension

Cigar Lake to enter second COVID-related suspension

Production at the Cigar Lake uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan, Canada, will be temporarily suspended over the coming weeks due to the increasing risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Cameco announced today. The pandemic earlier prompted a five-month suspension of production from the Cigar Lake mine from March.

Uranium & Fuel 14 December 2020


IEA charts COVID's impact on electricity market

IEA charts COVID's impact on electricity market

Global electricity demand is set to decline 2% in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the International Energy Agency's first ever Electricity Market Report, which was published today. Nuclear power generation is set to fall by about 4% this year, it says. Global electricity demand is forecast to grow by around 3% next year.

Energy & Environment 14 December 2020


Speech: The business case for nuclear energy

Speech: The business case for nuclear energy

The case for nuclear as a proven source of clean, reliable and sustainable electricity supply should be clear to all, but the business case for nuclear is also becoming better understood, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León told delegates at the New Nuclear Capital 2020 virtual conference yesterday. The following is an abridged version of her presentation.

Perspectives 11 December 2020


UK's latest 'carbon budget' sees 5-10 GW of nuclear in 2050

UK's latest 'carbon budget' sees 5-10 GW of nuclear in 2050

In its sixth carbon budget, the Climate Change Committee puts the share of nuclear in the UK's electricity mix at between 5 GW and 10 GW by 2050. The country currently generates about 20% of its power from nuclear, but nearly half of its current capacity is to be retired by 2025. One new plant is under construction, Hinkley Point C, while the government has yet to comment on its support for a second, Sizewell C. These twin-unit plants would have a combined capacity of 6.4 GW.

Nuclear Policies 09 December 2020


Macron stresses importance of nuclear energy for France

Macron stresses importance of nuclear energy for France

French President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday that France's energy and ecological future depends on nuclear power. Speaking during a visit to Framatome's Le Creusot facility, Macron said the industry comprises 3000 companies and 220,000 jobs, with 5000 new hires planned for 2021 in spite of the crisis caused by the pandemic. "Few sectors offer as much, in particular to our young people and all across the country," Macron tweeted.

Nuclear Policies 09 December 2020