Daily News Roundup, 24 April 2019
Planning Inspectorate officials have completed their examination of plans for the £20bn Hitachi-backed Wylfa nuclear power plant in North Wales. Officials will rule on a development consent order (DCO) application for the project in three months. If the Planning Inspectorate approves the DCO, the project must also be approved by business secretary Greg Clark before it can go ahead. Introduced in 2008, DCOs are designed to streamline construction planning for projects designated as nationally significant by rolling other individual consents … read more »
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Further delays have been announced for the planned opening dates for the European Pressurised Reactors (EPR’s) at Flamanville in France and Olkiluoto in Finland. These are both forerunners of the type of reactor being planned for Hinkley Point C.
‘Le Monde’ reports that the Flamanville EPR is likely to experience further delays. The French Nuclear Safety Authority is expected to order the repair of defective welds or additional studies to ensure their longer-term reliability. It has been suggested in media reports … read more »
Is the tide turning against the new nuclear programme? The UK’s first National Infrastructure Assessment, published by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) says the shift to greener energy is a “golden opportunity” – the UK can move to “highly renewable, clean and low-cost energy”, while ending the use of gas for heating and shifting to 100% sales of electric vehicle (EVs) by 2030. It says a “quiet revolution” in renewable costs means government should prioritise wind and solar, echoing new … read more »