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Austria fails in attempt to block Hinkley Point C

Austria fails in attempt to block Hinkley Point C

The European Court of Justice has rejected Austria's appeal against the European Commission's 2014 decision to approve the UK's support for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, which is under construction in Somerset, England. The Court of Justice, the supreme court of the European Union in matters of EU law, agreed with the Commission that the project is in line with EU state aid rules.

New Nuclear 22 September 2020


Uzbekistan on track for IAEA mission this year, says energy minister

Uzbekistan on track for IAEA mission this year, says energy minister

Uzbekistan is "making great strides" in developing its nuclear and regulatory infrastructure in strong partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Uzbek Minister of Energy Alisher Sultanov told participants in the 64th IAEA General Conference yesterday. Speaking via video-link to the annual event in Vienna, Sultanov provided an update on the Central Asian country’s new nuclear power programme.

New Nuclear 22 September 2020


IAEA forecasts doubling of nuclear capacity by 2050 in 'high case'

IAEA forecasts doubling of nuclear capacity by 2050 in 'high case'

The International Atomic Energy Agency has released its latest projections for energy, electricity and nuclear power trends through 2050. Compared with the previous year, the 2020 projections are largely unchanged. Under the high case scenario, IAEA analysts expect an increase of global nuclear electrical generating capacity by 82% to 715 GWe. Under the low case scenario, it will fall by 7% to 363 GWe.

Energy & Environment 17 September 2020


Hitachi withdraws from UK new-build project

Hitachi withdraws from UK new-build project

Hitachi announced today it will end its business operations on the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant construction project, which it had suspended in January 2019 "because it was clear that further time was needed to decide on a financing structure". Horizon Nuclear Power, the UK project developer that Hitachi acquired in November 2012, said it will now take steps for the "orderly closing down" of all its current development activities, but will "keep the lines of communication open" with government and other key stakeholders regarding future options at both its sites, which in addition to Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey, include Oldbury on Severn in South Gloucestershire.

Corporate 16 September 2020


Hinkley Point C lift demonstrates benefits of fleet build

Hinkley Point C lift demonstrates benefits of fleet build

Construction of the second reactor at the Hinkley Point C plant in Somerset, England, passed a major milestone with the lifting of the first part of the massive steel containment liner, EDF Energy announced yesterday. Lifted by the world's largest crane, 'Big Carl', just nine months after the same lift for the first reactor, construction of the 170-tonne liner cup was 30% quicker than the identical part on the first reactor.

New Nuclear 15 September 2020


China readying for nuclear expansion, says Zheng

China readying for nuclear expansion, says Zheng

The future of nuclear power in China is promising, Zheng Mingguang, Chief Engineer at China's State Power Investment Corporation told World Nuclear Association's Strategic eForum 2020 yesterday. He believes both the use of large and small-scale reactors will find applications in China beyond just electricity generation.

Nuclear Policies 11 September 2020


Rosatom sees wider financing options for new build

Rosatom sees wider financing options for new build

Driving investment towards nuclear projects, the topic of World Nuclear Association's Strategic eForum 2020 yesterday, has become "the top priority" for the industry, Ilya Rebrov, the chief financial officer of Rosatom, said in his opening remarks as part of the high-level panel. The opportunities to attract private financing to new-build projects are growing, and the Russian state nuclear corporation hopes to draw on its recent experience in wind energy, he said.

Corporate 11 September 2020


Fifth Tianwan unit starts commercial operation

Fifth Tianwan unit starts commercial operation

Unit 5 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China's Jiangsu province has entered commercial operation, having successfully completed a 168-hour continuous demonstration run. It becomes China National Nuclear Corporation's 22nd reactor in commercial operation.

New Nuclear 09 September 2020


Poland plans USD40bn investment in new nuclear plants

Poland plans USD40bn investment in new nuclear plants

Polish Climate Minister MichaƂ Kurtyka yesterday unveiled his plan to construct six new nuclear power units by 2040 as the country transitions to a clean energy economy. This plan includes reducing the share of coal in electricity production to between 37% and 56% in 2030, and to between 11% and 28% in 2040, depending on CO2 prices. Coal last year accounted for 74% of Polish electricity generation.

Nuclear Policies 09 September 2020


Poland develops more ambitious coal phaseout plan

Poland develops more ambitious coal phaseout plan

Poland plans to phase out coal more quickly than its previously stated ambition, according to a new draft energy policy that looks ahead to 2040, Polish business daily Puls Biznesu reported today. The document, which was produced by the Ministry of Climate, states that the share of coal in the country's energy mix should fall to 35.6-56% in 10 years, which contrasts with the 56-60% provided for in a government report last November.

Energy & Environment 08 September 2020