Nuclear Power

September 2015

Horizon Nuclear Power has submitted  a planning application to expand its Wylfa Newydd site office to three times its current size, making room for a growing Anglesey-based team and representing a further million pound
investment at the site. The redevelopment of the office reflects the progress being made on proposals to develop Wylfa Newydd including additional site-based studies on and off shore over the summer and a second round of community consultation later this year where local people can have their say on the project.

 

The Chinese are planning to come to the rescue of a European nuclear industry so short of money that it cannot build any new stations without outside help. EDF, the giant electricity utility owned by the French government, does not have the £25 billion (US$38.5bn) needed to build the two huge nuclear reactors in England that it has already agreed to construct, because it is in debt and its partners have pulled out. The
British government …. is to sign an agreement with the Chinese to finance the deal. The Chinese generosity in helping out is because they will gain an important toehold in Europe, and hope to build their own nuclear reactors on British soil. This extraordinary reversal in fortunes for the European nuclear industry … has come about because new-build nuclear in the west has become impossible to finance in a free market.

 

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Maintenance work triggered an alarm that shut down a fifth Belgian nuclear reactor on Thursday, leaving only two working in the country but posing no danger to the public, the operator said. The last of the three reactors working at the Tihange plant in southeast Belgium shut down automatically. At Belgium’s only other nuclear plant, located in the northern region of Doel, two of the four reactors remain shut down following previous
problems.