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. The long-serving chief executive of the UK’s biggest power station is stepping down, as the North Yorkshire-based business continues its pursuit of a future beyond coal. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Drax boss Dorothy Thompson to step down after 12 years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 21st of September 2017 02:08:17 PM
. The long-serving chief executive of the UK’s biggest power station is stepping down, as the North Yorkshire-based business continues its pursuit of a future beyond coal. ...
Most Britons 'dislike prospect of living near mini nuclear station' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 17th of September 2017 11:01:53 PM
. Most Britons would not be happy living near the mini nuclear power stations that Rolls-Royce and several other international companies want to build in the UK, a survey has found. ...
Nuclear power plants may not keep Britain's lights on, say Lib Dems image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 16th of September 2017 07:00:05 AM
. New nuclear power stations may not be the best option for keeping Britain’s lights on and meeting the country’s carbon targets, the Liberal Democrats have said. ...
Hinkley nuclear power is being priced out by renewables | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 11th of September 2017 06:12:14 PM
. Hinkley Point C nuclear power station was conceived in the days when offshore wind cost £150 per megawatt hour and a few misguided souls, some of them government ministers, thought a barrel of oil was heading towards $200. ...
UK green energy expensive? Not any more. From now on it's cheap image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 11th of September 2017 11:38:12 AM
....The persistent myth that green energy is expensive has been shredded by the revelation that windfarms will be built around Britain’s coast far more cheaply than new nuclear reactors. New power stations in the UK today are usually only built with the certainty provided by subsidies paid through energy bills, so the record low guaranteed price awarded to the developers of three new mega offshore windfarms today is, first and foremost, welcome news for consumers. ...
Nuclear plans 'should be rethought after fall in offshore windfarm costs' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 11th of September 2017 06:55:21 AM
. The government is under pressure to reconsider its commitment to a new generation of nuclear power stations after the cost of offshore wind power reached a record low. ...
UK windfarms cheaper than Hinkley Point, experts claim image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 10th of September 2017 11:16:29 AM
. Windfarms around Britain’s coast will beat the planned nuclear power station Hinkley Point on price when the winning bidders for a £290m-a-year pot of government subsidies are announced on Monday, experts predict. ...
Global shockwaves from electric cars will be here sooner rather than later image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 10th of September 2017 06:00:29 AM
....But the company’s actions may tell a different story. It is hedging by shifting its portfolio increasingly away from oil towards gas, which can also supply the new power stations that electric cars will need. ...
Proper carbon tax could wipe billions from polluters' profits image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 4th of September 2017 06:01:05 AM
....The European Union’s emissions trading system (ETS) is the world’s biggest scheme for trading greenhouse gas emissions allowances. It covers 11,000 power stations and industrial plants in 30 countries, whose carbon emissions make up almost 50% of Europe’s total. ...
The great Saudi sell-off: why bankers and lawyers are flocking to the Gulf image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 2nd of September 2017 03:00:17 PM
.... Would the investors want to have control of [the] curriculum? It could go against the whole culture and tradition of the kingdom,” says Saidi. To overcome these sensitivities, other more secular assets – such as power stations, desalination plants and transport infrastructure – are more likely initial subjects for the programme. ...
China's Dalian Wanda drops purchase of Nine Elms Square in London image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of August 2017 08:38:07 AM
....15bn in March. Nine Elms Square, which has planning permission for 1,900 “high-quality” flats, most with river views, forms part of the revamp of the area south of the Thames around Battersea power station, where 20,000 mainly luxury homes are being built by a number of developers. ...
Rise of electric car solves little if driven by fossil fuels, warns windfarm boss image
....The auction results are due in early September. Some in the industry have already predicted that windfarms, due to be built early next decade, will come in cheaper than the deal for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station of £92. ...
Britain is still a world-beater at one thing: ripping off its own citizens | Aditya Chakrabortty image
.... Ponder the new nuclear station about to be built by the Chinese and French at Hinkley Point, at an estimated cost to British households of £30bn. Neither David Cameron nor Theresa May would countenance the British government creating a new power station, but they will pay way over the odds for foreign governments to do so. ...
London's hidden gas plant which could heat and power the future image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of July 2017 04:10:08 PM
....The beautiful, listed facades of the Port of London Authority and the Central Cold Store, which once held animal carcasses from Smithfield market opposite, stand as a reminder of London’s industrial and commercial past. But behind these brick walls in the heart of London is a hidden power station that could resolve how the UK heats, cools and powers business of the future. ...
Is there enough electricity? National Grid reacts to fossil-fuel vehicle ban image
....5-8GW of additional capacity, on top of the current peak demand of 60GW. By comparison, the nuclear power station being built at Hinkley Point in Somerset will add 3. ...
Drop in wind energy costs adds pressure for government rethink image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of July 2017 05:03:35 PM
. Onshore windfarms could be built in the UK for the same cost as new gas power stations and would be nearly half as expensive as the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, according to a leading engineering consultant. ...
The coal truth: how a major energy source lost its power in Britain image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of July 2017 04:16:25 PM
....Pollution laws and carbon taxes have forced large, ageing plants to close in the past five years, with three major ones closing in 2016 alone. None have ceased operation this year but coal supplies so little power today that in April the National Grid reported the UK had gone the first day without the fossil fuel since Thomas Edison opened the country’s first coal power station at Holborn, London, in 1882. ...
Drax looking at 'coal-free future' as it reveals £83m pre-tax loss image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of July 2017 09:33:16 AM
. The operator of the UK’s largest power station has seen its share price slide after it posted a pre-tax loss of £83m in the first half of the year despite increasing earnings by 73%. ...
US 'will become one of the world's top gas exporters by 2020' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of July 2017 07:00:01 AM
....However, the big demand growth is predicted to come from Asia. China is anticipated to account for 40% of global demand growth, driven by government policies to tackle the dangerous levels of air pollution in many cities, which is largely caused by coal power stations. ...
Electric cars will fuel huge demand for power, says National Grid image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of July 2017 04:30:44 AM
. A dramatic growth in electric vehicles on Britain’s roads could see peak electricity demand jump by more than the capacity of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station by 2030, according to National Grid. ...
Renewable power critic is chosen to head energy price review image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of July 2017 11:47:05 AM
....The review is due to report its findings to the business secretary, Greg Clark, in the autumn, and is expected to inform the government’s long-term approach to power generation. Helm is also a strong critic of the cost of nuclear power, saying that just to get to the “starting line” of building a new atomic power station in the UK involves a “lengthy, complex and expensive process”. ...
Carillion boss steps down as shares crash 40% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of July 2017 09:40:51 AM
.... Shares in the FTSE 250 firm crashed, closing down 39% at 117p. Carillion has worked on the £400m Battersea power station revamp in London, the £335m Royal Liverpool University hospital, Birmingham’s flagship library and the expansion of Liverpool FC’s main stand at Anfield. ...
Gig economy: now is the time to ease the burden for workers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of July 2017 06:00:16 AM
....It was always a case of when, not if, Hinkley Point C went over budget and over schedule. But EDF’s admission last week that its new nuclear power station in Somerset risks costing as much as £2. ...
Hinkley Point C: UK censured for failing to consult German public image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of July 2017 02:27:49 PM
. The UK has been censured by an international committee for its failure to notify the German public of the potential environmental impacts of Hinkley Point C, the new nuclear power station being built in Somerset, south-west England. ...
France to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of July 2017 01:20:06 PM
.... The firm has built 425,000 of the more than 2m electric cars sold globally. France’s reliance on nuclear power stations for 80% of its electricity supply means that a shift to electric vehicles rather than oil-powered ones would dramatically cut its remaining carbon emissions. ...
Fuel savers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of July 2017 11:12:32 PM
.... Without them, civilisation as we know it would collapse. But these machines - power stations - are often pretty dumb, according to Peter Kirk, former chief executive of software company NeuCo. ...
Hinkley Point: EDF adds £1.5bn to nuclear plant cost image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 3rd of July 2017 01:28:56 PM
....French energy supplier EDF has estimated that the cost of completing the new Hinkley Point nuclear plant will be nearly 10% more than expected. The company, which is the project's main backer, said the total cost of the power station was likely to rise by £1. ...
UK energy industry cyber-attack fears are 'off the scale' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 25th of June 2017 04:20:06 PM
. Concern over the threat posed by cyber-attacks on power stations and electricity grids is “off the scale” in the UK energy sector, according to a leading industry figure. ...
The Observer view on the housing crisis | Observer editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 24th of June 2017 11:05:13 PM
.... This is not throwing money away, as it goes into a long-term asset that delivers returns into an indefinite future. It should also be noted that austerity is relaxed when it comes to building an £18bn nuclear power station at Hinkley Point or the £56bn HS2 railway, even though the latter is as damaging to the green belt as any housing proposal. ...
Hinkley Point is a terrible deal. May must show courage and cancel it | Simon Jenkins image
.... The great spending dinosaurs of the political dark ages, back before June 2017, are still roaming the jungle. Theresa May’s first decision as prime minister, to approve the £18bn Hinkley Point nuclear power station, is still crashing about Whitehall. ...
Spending watchdog condemns 'risky and expensive' Hinkley Point image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of June 2017 11:01:08 PM
. Generations of British consumers have been locked into a “risky and expensive” project by the UK’s subsidy deal for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset, according to a damning report by the spending watchdog. ...
Battersea Power Station developer slashes number of affordable homes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of June 2017 04:50:02 PM
....Previously, the plan was to construct 636 homes affordable homes targeted at local residents, first-time buyers and renters, with locals promised a 40% discount on the average market rent. The affordable home proposals amounted to 15% of the total 4,239 homes planned, which included luxury pads ranging from £800,000 for a studio atop the former power station to £4m for a four-bedroom flat (the three penthouses have yet to be priced). ...
Record levels of green energy in UK create strange new world for generators image
....As the sun shone on millions of solar panels and unseasonable gusts turned thousands of turbine blades last Sunday, something remarkable happened to Britain’s power grid. For a brief period, a record 70% of the electricity for the UK’s homes and businesses was low-carbon, as nuclear, solar and wind crowded out coal and even gas power stations. ...
Global demand for coal falls in 2016 for second year in a row image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of June 2017 01:50:27 PM
....The country’s decreasing reliance on the fuel, large population and enormous investment in renewables mean it is increasingly being seen as a global leader on climate change, after the US withdrew from the Paris agreement earlier this month. In the UK, three major coal power stations were wound up last year after a carbon tax was introduced and the last three underground coal mines closed. ...
Carlsberg aims for zero carbon emissions after Trump's Paris pullout image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of June 2017 11:28:10 AM
....The Danish brewer, whose beers also include Holsten Pils and San Miguel, said it would eliminate brewery emissions and halve its water usage by 2030 as part of a new sustainability drive. This will include closing down small coal power stations at breweries in China, India and Poland, replacing them with renewable sources such as solar panels and biogas. ...
EDF Energy's Vincent de Rivaz to step down after winning Hinkley battle image
. The man who helped secure Britain’s first new nuclear power station in a generation will step down as chief executive of EDF Energy in October, marking the end of a 15-year tenure. ...
Qatar crisis highlights rising UK energy reliance on imports image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 06:29:15 PM
.... Poland opened its first LNG terminal last year, to import from Qatar and the US in a bid to reduce its reliance on Russian gas. In Britain, the heavily compressed gas is taken by vast Qatari tankers to one of three LNG terminals, where it is stored, ready to be returned to its gaseous state to heat homes and fuel power stations. ...
Winds of change: gusts across Europe help set renewable power record image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of June 2017 05:12:48 PM
....In the UK, wind, nuclear and solar power were together generating more electricity than gas and coal combined at 1pm on Wednesday, for the first time ever. Including hydropower and biomass burned at power stations such as Drax in North Yorkshire, renewables provided 50. ...
Government support needed to unlock billions in green business, says industry image
.... Green groups fear that a new Conservative government under Theresa May could scrap the Climate Change Act, leaving the UK without firm targets on cutting greenhouse gases. However, the government has pointed to increased investment for electric vehicles, support for new nuclear power stations, and a boost to offshore wind as evidence of its commitment to low-carbon infrastructure. ...
Sky-high carbon tax needed to avoid climate catastrophe, say experts image
....The European Union’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) is the world’s biggest scheme for trading greenhouse gas emissions allowances. It covers 11,000 power stations and industrial plants in 30 countries, whose carbon emissions make up almost 50% of Europe’s total. ...
UK's biggest solar company takes shine to global projects with deals worth £3bn image
....The expertise the company built in the UK, where it fitted panels on 90,000 homes, has proved crucial in winning contracts abroad, he said. Solarcentury recently reached a major deal with Panama-based private equity investor ECOSolar, which takes its international pipeline of solar projects to 3,400MW, equivalent of three conventional power stations. ...
Solar power breaks UK records thanks to sunny weather image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 03:09:00 PM
....48GW earlier this month. Experts said the unprecedented share for solar energy meant about 60% of the UK’s power was low carbon, taking into account Britain’s wind farms and nuclear power stations too. ...
Let’s move to Rothbury, Northumberland: ‘It’s pretty near perfect’ image
.... What a place: Cragside was built on the outskirts of remote Rothbury by William Armstrong, a Victorian multimillionaire arms manufacturer, scientist and ship-builder, using the most famous architect, Richard Norman Shaw, and the highest technology of the day. He built his own power station on site, to generate electricity for his dishwashers, washing machines, security systems and telephones – all in the 1880s! He hauled 7m trees into the gardens, dug out five artificial lakes and spread his largesse into town, which owes its restored architecture to the baron. ...
How to measure success in the world of megaprojects | Jane Dudman image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 19th of May 2017 06:09:48 AM
. Crossrail, HS2, Hinkley Point C nuclear power station: three massive infrastructure projects, costing billions of taxpayers’ money, and all subject to controversial and time-consuming debate before getting the go-ahead. ...
Mersey feat: world's biggest wind turbines go online near Liverpool image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 05:30:46 AM
....“I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it comes in below Hinkley,” said Sykes of the prices offshore windfarms might reach, compared to £92. 50 per megawatt hour that France’s EDF has been guaranteed for electricity generated by the nuclear power station it is building in Somerset. ...
Five-minute guide to Tory's manifesto pledge on fuel image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 12:01:00 AM
....TAXING TIMES. Alex Wild, research director of The TaxPayers’ Alliance, says voters are paying a high price for the Government’s ill-advised energy policies, such as green-lighting the expensive Hinckley Point power station, and insisting on expensive renewable technologies: “This requires huge levels of investment by energy firms, which has to be paid for with higher prices for consumers. ...
Inside the new Battersea Power Station image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 13th of May 2017 07:00:41 AM
....After four years of construction, the development is now starting to take shape and the first 100 residents have just moved in to a luxury apartment complex alongside the main building, called Circus West Village. And for the first time in 90 years the power station’s riverfront, with a new piazza and parkland, is now accessible to all. ...
KPMG's audits of Rolls-Royce accounts probed by regulator image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 4th of May 2017 08:31:07 AM
....The SFO revealed 12 counts of conspiracy to corrupt or failure to prevent bribery in seven countries - Indonesia, Thailand, India, Russia, Nigeria, China and Malaysia. Often described as "a jewel in the UK's industrial crown", Rolls-Royce makes engines for military and civil planes, as well as for trains, ships, nuclear submarines and power stations. ...
Nuclear industry warns UK must avoid 'cliff edge' over Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 02:44:23 PM
....The UK nuclear industry has issued its strongest warning yet to ministers on the problems it faces if the government is unable to strike new international atomic power deals during Brexit talks. Failure to put in place alternative arrangements to replace the existing European nuclear treaty, Euratom, which the UK is quitting as part of the article 50 process, would have a “dramatic impact” on Hinkley Point C and other new power stations around the country, the industry said. ...
Alarm sounded over delays to develop UK mini nuclear reactors image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 10:58:50 AM
. The government’s failure to deliver on a multimillion-pound competition to develop mini atomic power stations has hurt the nuclear sector and risks international companies walking away from the UK, a Lords committee has warned. ...
Nuclear oversight needs 'urgent' action, MPs say image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 1st of May 2017 11:24:39 PM
....Responding to the report, Mr Clark said: "The future of the nuclear industry in this country can only be protected by a prime minister who will actually stand up for Britain and nuclear power in Brexit negotiations. "That's the stark choice in this election - strong leadership with Theresa May, who has already commissioned the first new nuclear power station in a generation, or entrusting Britain's nuclear future to floundering Jeremy Corbyn, a man who has spent his political career pushing for nuclear power stations to be decommissioned entirely. ...
Britain's energy supply is in jeopardy after Brexit, warn MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 1st of May 2017 11:01:11 PM
. The future of Britain’s power supply has been jeopardised by Brexit and the government must act urgently to ensure nuclear power stations stay open, MPs have warned. ...
Green heating system accused of causing 'fuel poverty' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 12:47:23 AM
.... . This could be a mini-power station in the middle of a housing estate, or waste heat from a recycling plant or a factory. ...
Tory windfarm policy endangers cheap energy in UK, commission finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 05:19:44 AM
....Membership of the commission, founded in 2015 to examine how energy systems can be changed to avoid dangerous global warming, includes the fossil fuel giants Shell and BHP Billiton, plus Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the investment manager Blackrock and the green thinktank the European Climate Foundation. The group said that by 2035, wind and solar could provide 98% of power in developed countries such as Germany and the UK, with gas power stations or batteries providing backup. ...
Foster + Partners plans redundancies after Brexit uncertainty image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 03:20:53 PM
....The company recently designed Bloomberg’s vast new European headquarters in the City of London, which is bigger than the nearby Bank of England. It has also designed some of the new apartment blocks at the former Battersea power station. ...
UK set for first full day without coal power image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 03:45:43 PM
....Although National Grid said a coal-free day looked likely, it would only know for sure very late on Friday. Britain opened its first coal-fired power station in 1882 and coal remained a dominant part of the energy mix until the 1990s. ...
Reactor goes here ... the £18bn Hinkley Point C starts to take shape image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 01:05:27 PM
....Surrounded by a sea of broken rock and mounds of earth on the Somerset coast stands a small, unassuming sign that states simply “R2”. It is here that the second of two nuclear reactors will switch on in the middle of the next decade if all goes according to EDF Energy’s plan for Hinkley Point C, proving that Britain can still build new nuclear power stations and, more importantly, providing 7% of the country’s electricity. ...
Britain set for first coal-free day since the industrial revolution image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 11:11:37 AM
....Coal has seen significant declines in recent years, accounting for just 9% of electricity generation in 2016, down from around 23% the year before, as coal plants closed or switched to burning biomass such as wood pellets. Britain’s last power station will be forced to close in 2025, as part of a government plan to phase out the fossil fuel to meet its climate change commitments. ...
Toshiba's US nuclear problems could provide cautionary tale for UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of April 2017 07:00:27 AM
....The roots of Toshiba’s admission this week that it has serious doubts over its “ability to continue as a going concern” can be found near two small US towns. It is the four reactors being built for nuclear power stations outside Waynesboro, in Georgia, and Jenkinsville, South Carolina, by the company’s US subsidiary Westinghouse that have left the Japanese corporation facing an annual loss of £7. ...
Drax investors rebel on bosses' pay image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 04:07:48 PM
....Almost a quarter of shareholders voted against Drax's new remuneration policy, which will apply from this year. The company's power station near Selby in north Yorkshire generates 7% of the UK's electricity. ...
Toshiba warns over its survival as it forecasts £7bn losses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 03:36:52 PM
....1bn (£4. 9bn) writedown because costs have overrun on the two plants CB&I is building in Georgia and South Carolina, the first new US nuclear power stations for decades. ...
The property billboards that reveal the truth about Britain’s luxury housing market image
. ‘We don’t do ordinary,” declares the billboard at the entrance to the Battersea power station building site in London, where cranes are busy conjuring up a new world of 3,500 homes, 150 shops and 15,000 jobs from the mud. ...
UK businesses welcome May's free trade call but warn of no-deal Brexit disaster image
....He added that securing early wins at the negotiating table would be vital with “the immediate guarantee of the right to remain for EU citizens here and UK nationals in Europe” topping his list. Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of EDF Energy, which is behind the new Hinkley Point C power station, added: “As an EU national who has lived in Britain for 15 years, Brexit is not just a professional question, it’s also personal. ...
Westinghouse bankruptcy move casts shadow over world nuclear industry image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 08:20:19 AM
....1bn (£4. 9bn) writedown because costs have overrun on the two plants it is building in Georgia and South Carolina, the first new US nuclear power stations being built for decades. ...
Toshiba's Westinghouse files for US bankruptcy image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 07:15:32 AM
....Westinghouse is long established engineering company which constructed the United States' first commercial nuclear reactor in the 1950s. It still provides technology for nuclear power stations around the world. ...
UK nuclear plans could be hit by Westinghouse financial crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 06:47:55 PM
....Toshiba’s US nuclear subsidiary Westinghouse Electric is believed to be on the brink of filing in the US for bankruptcy protection from creditors. A UK expert said the collapse would leave a considerable hole in Britain’s new nuclear ambitions as Toshiba is a key player behind plans for a new power station at Moorside in Cumbria. ...
Flawed nuclear tender sees £100m payout to firms image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 11:52:11 AM
...."This was a defective procurement, with significant financial consequences, and I am determined that the reasons for it should be exposed and understood; that those responsible should properly be held to account; and that it should never happen again," Mr Clark also said. He added that workers at nuclear power stations at the heart of the failed decommissioning deal would not be under threat. ...
UK nuclear decommissioning debacle costs government nearly £100m image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 09:22:20 AM
....The debacle dates back to a 2012-2014 tender process by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) for dismantling 12 sites. They include old reactors at Sizewell in Suffolk, Dungeness in Kent and Hinkley Point in Somerset, where the UK is building the first new nuclear power station in two decades. ...
Foreign companies flock to build nuclear plants in the UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 04:00:06 PM
.... The latest is South Korea. Its biggest power company is in talks to join the consortium backing a nuclear power station in Cumbria, in a sign of the continuing allure of Britain’s atomic ambitions to international companies. ...
Plans for coal-fired power plants drop by almost half in 2016 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 07:44:04 AM
. Twenty-sixteen saw a "dramatic" decline in the number of coal-fired power stations in pre-construction globally. ...
Coal in 'freefall' as new power plants dive by two-thirds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 12:01:20 AM
.... In January, China’s energy regulator halted work on a further 100 new coal-fired projects, suggesting the trend was not going away. Researchers for the groups said a record amount of coal power station capacity was also retired globally last year, mostly in the US and EU, including Scotland closing its last one. ...
UN asks UK to suspend work on Hinkley Point image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 10:00:22 AM
. A United Nations committee has asked the UK to suspend work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset because of the government’s failure to consult with European countries over the project. ...
Brexit Britain is suddenly debating trade – but it's the wrong talking point | Larry Elliott image
.... It probably would be. Brexit happened because of concerns about immigration not because voters wanted the freedom to have dirtier beaches or less safe nuclear power stations. ...
Balfour Beatty returns to profit image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 08:18:30 AM
....As well as Crossrail, which will link west and east London, it is upgrading motorways and working on the Thames Tideway Tunnel. In the next few years it plans to be part of the country's three biggest infrastructure projects: High Speed 2 (HS2), the new nuclear power stations at Hinkley Point C and Wylfa, and the third runway at Heathrow airport. ...
UK climate targets 'will raise household energy bills by £100 in a decade' image
. The cost of supporting new windfarms and nuclear power stations to meet the UK’s carbon targets will add nearly £100 to the average household energy bill by the end of the next decade, according to a government adviser. ...
UK government should help companies targeted by foreign bids, says Unilever image
....Greg Clark, the business secretary, said last month: “We have taken the opportunity to look at our arrangements to make sure they are kept up to date. We have said we would do that in the context of mergers, particularly if it relates to critical infrastructure, as outlined by the Hinkley Point C decision [to build a new nuclear power station with funding from China]. ...

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