Nuclear: EDF concerned by tensions between China and the United Kingdom. The tightening of relations between Beijing and London, in particular on the Huawei file, could weigh on the projects of new reactors that the French wants to build across the Channel with CGN, its Chinese partner. Does the exacerbation of tensions between London and Beijing risk complicating EDF’s nuclear power plant projects in the United Kingdom? The question has arisen for a few days across the Channel, where the rise in anti-Chinese sentiment could call into question the balance of French partnerships with Chinese CGN to build new generation reactors at Hinkley Point, a Somerset shipyard where 2,600 people are already on the job, but also potentially eventually at the site of Sizewell, in Suffolk, and Bradwell, in Essex.
Les Echos 15th June 2020 read more »
Achieving Net Zero: The role of Nuclear Energy in Decarbonisation. A Report for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
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NIRAB recommends the development of SMRs and AMRs. The UK’s Nuclear Innovation Research and Advisory Board (NIRAB) said in its latest Annual Report to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) that nuclear energy should provide at least half of the low-carbon electricity not supplied by renewables. NIRAB, together with the Nuclear Innovation and Research Office, provides independent, expert advice to the UK government on the research and innovation needed for nuclear energy to play a significant role in future low-carbon and secure energy mix. NIRAB’s Annual Report 2020 – Achieving Net Zero: The role of Nuclear Energy in Decarbonisation – also called for development of both large and small-scale nuclear power plants to help the UK meet its Net Zero targets. Maximising nuclear’s contribution to Net Zero will not only require the major deployment of further large scale nuclear, capitalising on repeated designs, but also stations that are smaller than those gigawatt-scale units currently preparing for construction and advanced reactors which can contribute to meeting the needs for heat and hydrogen as well as electricity,” it said. NIRAB said: “It would be prudent to plan for nuclear energy to provide at least half of the firm low-carbon electricity not provided by renewables.”
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