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Britain’s nuclear renaissance: A progress report

This article was first published in the October 2014 issue of Energy World. The much-vaunted renaissance of the British nuclear industry increasingly looks less a rebirth than an unsatisfactory assortment of stalling, disjointed projects. One by one, the UK’s established, privately-owned electricity utilities have abandoned the nuclear new build programme, to be replaced by state-owned utilities … Continue reading

Small nuclear reactors: Going round in circles

The days of large nuclear power plants could be numbered, especially in countries with a market-focused approach to energy. Tim Probert explores the development of small nuclear reactors, including Urenco’s efforts in the UK. This article was first published in the September 2014 issue of Materials World. The evolution of civil nuclear power in the … Continue reading

Why will Hinkley Point C cost £16bn?

The reported costs of the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant rose from an expensive £10bn in 2012 to an eye-watering £16bn within the space of a year. Why so much? During a 21 October investor conference call, the CEO of the French state-owned utility EDF, Henri Proglio, estimated the construction cost of the … Continue reading

Electricite de France SA Update on Hinkley Point C’s Project Conference Call – 21 October 2013

HENRI PROGLIO, CHAIRMAN & CEO, EDF SA: Bonjour and thank you for being here today in spite of the very short notice that we gave you, due to the current developments. We wanted to get together with you at the time of a very important moment for our Company, which is the agreement that the … Continue reading