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French nuclear power safety under scrutiny following drone incidents


France’s biggest power utility, EDF, is investigating potential threats to its nuclear power fleet, following a spate of incidents involving drones in recent months.

Tougher taxes spell the end for older Swedish nuclear fleet


Higher taxes being imposed by Sweden’s new left-wing government, coupled with higher maintenance costs, are likely to lead to the shutdown of several of the country’s older nuclear reactors.

National Grid confident of preventing blackouts


A spate of unexpected power plant closures will not lead to power blackouts in Britain this winter, according to the country’s grid operator.

Cold winter threat to Europe’s power supplies


Europe is under grave threat of blackouts this winter, particularly if the season proves to be particularly cold, according to a study by Cap Gemini.

Ongoing Chinese investment set to bolster UK energy infrastructure


A report by London-based Centre for Economics and Business Research and the law firm Pinsent Masons suggests that China will invest over £105bn in UK infrastructure over the next ten years, with much of that investment dedicated to energy.

ABB wins $55m order to strengthen Dubai grid


ABB is to build a substation to connect Mohammed Bin Rashid solar power park and strengthen the Dubai grid by 100 MW.

UK treasury responds to EU Commission criticisms on nuclear plan


The UK treasury has responded to critical European Commission remarks related to the costing of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project.

Finnish nuclear dispute rages on as consortium claim increases to $4.4bn


Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) is continuing to maintain its stance that the parties behind the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant are responsible for the projects delays, despite the Areva-Siemens partnership upping its compensation claim to $4.4bn.

ICIS outlines winter challenges to UK wholesale market


Market information provider, ICIS, is reporting a consistent influence on the UK wholesale energy market from factors such as the ongoing Ukraine conflict and legislation such as the Large Combustion Plant Directive.

Last ditch compromises help deliver world’s most ambitious climate target


European Commission President Jose Barroso told a press conference last night that other nations must “step up to the plate,” as the European Union reached a deal among its 28 member states to deliver the most-ambitious carbon emissions goals of any major economy.

EU energy interconnector goal set to be shelved


An ongoing disagreement between Spain, Portugal and France has meant the European Union will be unable to go ahead with plans to increase electricity interconnectivity.

Power Engineering International Newscast


Kelvin Ross presents this week's newscast - a round-up of the latest headlines being discussed in power industry circles.

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.

Areva chief Oursel steps down


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

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.

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.

Ex-Minister advocates CHP in place of wind power


Former UK environment secretary Owen Paterson has used very forceful language to make his opposition to wind power known, and believes combined heat and power is one of the technologies that can make a credible difference in its place.

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.

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.