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EDF Energy announced today it has applied to the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to build the Sizewell C nuclear power plant on the Suffolk coast of England. The application, which follows four rounds of public consultation that began in 2012, was deferred for two months "in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances created by the Coronavirus", the French-owned company said.

Date: Thursday, 28 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EDF-Energy-submits-plans-for-Sizewell-C

The European Court of Justice should dismiss an appeal brought by Austria in respect of the European Commission's approval of state aid for the planned Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power plant in the UK, Advocate General Gerard Hogan has concluded. His opinion will be taken into account when the European Court of Justice rules on Austria's appeal of the General Court's 2018 decision to reject the case.

Date: Friday, 08 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Dismiss-Austrias-appeal-against-HPC-aid-Advocate-G

Ministers from the UK's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) visited Hinkley Point C (HPC) on 23 January to see progress at the new nuclear power plant. HPC, under construction in Somerset, England, will be the first new nuclear power station to be built in the UK in almost 20 years and will provide about 7% of the country's electricity.

Date: Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ministers-see-progress-at-Hinkley-Point-C

The UK government should develop a Regulated Asset Base (RAB) model for financing new nuclear power projects and support the deployment by 2030 of small modular reactors, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has recommended. The recommendations are among the actions the CBI has set out for any future government to help the country achieve its target of net-zero emissions by 2050.

Date: Tuesday, 05 November 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-business-group-calls-for-action-on-new-nuclear

Hinkley Point C mock-up. Courtesy EDF. French state-controlled utility EDF has raised its estimate of the cost of completing the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station under construction in Somerset, southwest England.

EDF said in a statement that it had performed a review of the project’s progress and completion costs are now expected to be between £21.5bn (€24.3bn, $26.7bn) and £22.5bn, which means an increase of £1.9bn to £2.9bn compared to previous estimates.

“Cost increases reflect challenging ground conditions which made earthworks more expensive than anticipated, revised action plan targets and extra costs needed to implement the completed functional design, which has been adapted for a first-of-a-kind application in the UK context”, EDF said.

EDF Energy, the UK arm of EDF, is building two 1,600-MW EPR units at Hinkley Point C. Preparatory work onsite has been underway since a final agreement on the project was signed in September 2016 by EDF, China’s CGN and the UK government.

Date: Thursday, 26 September 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/edf-increases-final-cost-estimates-by-up-to-gbp2-9bn-9-3-2019

Policymakers need to understand that the system costs of variable renewable energy (VRE) necessitate the inclusion of nuclear and hydro as the primary dispatchable low-carbon generation options within a clean electricity mix. Representatives of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) told delegates at World Nuclear Association Symposium 2019 in London last week that the issue of system costs was no longer a novelty, but an increasingly important topic in the fight against climate change.

Date: Monday, 09 September 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/System-costs-prove-need-for-nuclear-in-clean-power

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) on 3 September took ownership of Magnox Ltd, which is responsible for the cleanup of 12 nuclear sites and operation of one hydroelectric plant in the UK.

Date: Friday, 06 September 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-nda-takes-over-magnox-7400384

The UK government's legally binding target for 'net-zero' emissions by 2050 is "undeliverable" unless clean growth policies are introduced, according to a parliamentary report published today by the cross-party science and technology committee.

Date: Wednesday, 28 August 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-needs-policy-action-to-meet-net-zero-target,-re

The UK government's legally binding target for 'net-zero' emissions by 2050 is "undeliverable" unless clean growth policies are introduced, according to a parliamentary report published today by the cross-party science and technology committee.

Date: Thursday, 22 August 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-needs-policy-action-to-meet-net-zero-target,-re

Boris Johnson expressed his "passionate" support for nuclear power when he addressed the House of Commons for the first time as UK prime minister yesterday. Seven of the country’s eight existing nuclear plants are set to be retired by 2030, while new-build projects have faced financial uncertainty over the last two years.

Date: Friday, 26 July 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UKs-new-premier-promises-boost-for-nuclear-power