EDF Energy has selected a joint venture (JV) between Bouygues TP and Laing O'Rourke for the civils work contract to build the proposed $3.1bn (Ã‚Â£2bn) nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, UK.
UK Energy Secretary Chris Huhne’s ‘seismic’ plans for Electricity Market Reform (EMR), announced last December, were in hindsight trumpeted with a few ill-chosen words. Just three months later a very real seismic event in Japan was to violently shake efforts to redraw the map of power provision for a low-carbon future including nuclear power.
The People’s Republic of China continues to be a market that many western businesses want to conquer. However, are we seeing a change in the air as a growing number of Chinese companies appear to be looking to invest outside of their domestic power market, and more specifically in the West?
Is the hype over a so-called European ‘nuclear renaissance’ just that – hype? Deputy Editor and conference director of PennWell’s new conference and exhibition Nuclear Power Europe, Tim Probert examines the evidence.
The UK is at the forefront of the so-called nuclear renaissance. Forward-thinking licensing and regulatory arrangements have, according to Areva, made the UK the most attractive country for new build and a model for the rest of Europe and the world.