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Yoichi Miyazawa

New minister says ‘safe’ nuclear reactors will be re-started in Japan


Japan’s new Trade minister, Yoichi Miyazawa, says he will continue with the policy of re-starting nuclear reactors that are deemed safe by the atomic regulator.

Vestas V100

Vestas plans new inroads in Chinese wind market


Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is strategizing to increase its market penetration in China, where it currently lags behind domestic producers.


Areva chief Oursel steps down


The chief executive of Areva has stepped down ahead of a management reorganisation at the nuclear group.

EnAppSys Capacity Margin

Return of high winds set to boost UK capacity margin


The fire that saw half of the Didcot B power plant taken off the grid this week will not threaten the UK’s energy security as high winds have contributed to a healthier capacity margin.

Swansea tidal power project

Tidal lagoon could generate 8 per cent of UK’s electricity


One of Britain’s largest insurers has announced its intention to invest over £1bn ($1.6bn) in the construction of a tidal lagoon power plant in Swansea Bay, Wales.

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Czechs consider new reactor in existing nuclear power plant


The junior partner in the current Czech coalition government says adding a new reactor at the Dukovany nuclear power plant is “a logical step” in the country’s energy strategy.


IEA predicts significant African gas-fired power growth


The International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its first Africa Energy Outlook this week that it expects the continent's electricity generation to quadruple by 2040 with gas-to-power growing its share to 25 per cent, from 17 per cent now.

Didcot damage

Davey: Didcot blaze doesn’t threaten UK energy supplies


The UK’s energy secretary, Ed Davey, has received assurances that the country’s energy security has not been threatened by the partial shutting down of one of its biggest gas-fired power plants.


French greens say Fessenheim closure ‘a presidential promise’


France’s Green Party says it has received assurances from President Francois Hollande that the country’s oldest nuclear power plant will indeed close in 2017.

Vattenfall sells Dutch power assets


Swedish utility Vattenfall’s subsidiary Nuon Energy has agreed to sell its thermal power assets in the Netherlands to Dutch energy firm Eneco.

Honduras to invest over $1.6bn in solar projects


Honduras' National Electric Energy Company (ENEE) approved 23 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects over the past summer, with a total installed capacity of 609.2 MW.

Chile to encourage joint energy investments by companies and communities


Chile's energy ministry is to send a draft law to Congress designed to encourage association between the nation's utilities and the communities that own the land on which energy projects are being carried out.

Last stretch of transmission line finished in Costa Rica


The Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) has finished the pending works for the transmission line of the Central American Electrical Interconnection System (SIEPAC).

Duddon Sands

RES Offshore completes Met Mast project


RES Offshore has successfully completed its first Engineer Procure Construct (EPC) contract for the design and installation of a Met Mast for the West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm.

Lisa Davis

Siemens to cut further jobs at power unit


Siemens is cutting around 1200 jobs in its German energy operations according to local radio reports in Bavaria, southern Germany.


Blow for E.ON as GDF opts not to pursue Italian assets


E.ON’s plans to reduce its debt have suffered a blow after GDF-Suez stated it was no longer interested in acquiring the German utility’s Italian assets.

Chile seeks new hydro projects after HidroAysen cancellation


The news story of the year in Chile's energy plans was undoubtedly the cancellation of the HidroAysen megaproject, which aimed to build five huge hydropower stations able to produce over 2700 MW.   

Sigmar Gabriel

Vattenfall demands $6bn in compensation from Germany


Swedish power company, Vattenfall, is the latest to file for damages against the German government for the shutting down of its nuclear power plants four years ago.

Celsia postpones hydro plant commissioning


Colombian firm Celsia has said its Porvenir II hydropower plant will not be operational by December 2018, the previously specified deadline.

355 MW gas-fired plant for El Salvador


Among the coming power projects to be developed in El Salvador will be a natural gas-fired plant with a capacity of 355 MW.

Gamesa overtakes Vestas to win Brazilian wind contract


Denmark's Vestas, a major wind turbine manufacturer, has lost a contract in Brazil with CPFL Renováveis, a subsidiary of CPFL Energia.

International Gas Turbine Conference

EU gas power sector look to summit for change of fortune


The beleaguered European gas-fired power sector is hoping legislation to be announced later this month and beyond will help arrest a serious decline in fortunes that has threatened the very survival of the industry.


Sinop nuclear power plant set to commence in 2023


The consortium behind Turkey’s Sinop nuclear power plant have scheduled the facility to come online in 2023.


Areva to build Brazil’s largest biomass plant


Areva has confirmed that it is to build what will be Brazil’s largest biomass power plant to date.

Jean-Bernard Levy

Levy to replace Proglio at EDF?


Speculation is rife in France that the head of Europe’s biggest power generator, and the world’s biggest atomic operator, is set to be replaced.

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