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Olkiluoto 3 EPR finally goes commercial
09 May, 2023
Fourteen years behind schedule, commercial operation of the 1600 MW Olkiluoto EPR finally got under way on 1 May, the owner/operator Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) having submitted the provisional takeover certificate to the plant supplier on 20 April. Regular electricity production started on 16 April, with completion of a test production run. The much-delayed plant was constructed by a consortium of Areva GmbH, Areva NP SAS, and Siemens AG, under a fixed-price turnkey contract.

Olkiluoto NPP achieves first criticality
04 January, 2022
The EPR reactor installed at unit 3 of the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant in Finland achieved first criticality on 21 December, power utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) announced.

Further delays for European EPRs
28 January, 2020
The original schedules and cost estimates for the European EPRs (at Olkiluoto, Flamanville and Hinkley Point), with the benefit of hindsight, look wildly optimistic.

Nuclear in China – where now?
28 October, 2018
Completion of the world’s first EPR and AP1000 reactors marks a major milestone for China, but the country’s ambitious nuclear expansion programme is no longer on track. Steve Kidd examines why.

Clearing the way for Finland’s next nuclear power plant
26 March, 2018
In a remote part of northern Finland, Fennovoima is pressing ahead with plans to build a 1200 MW Russian-designed VVER-1200-based nuclear power plant, Hanhikivi 1, named after the peninsula upon which it will be located. Caroline Peachey, editor of Nuclear Engineering International

How to make nuclear power affordable
11 January, 2018
The much vaunted “nuclear renaissance” has not worked out as planned, with projects running many years behind schedule and hugely over budget. A major concern about nuclear power used to be safety now it is also affordability. Conventional nuclear power plants are too big, take too long to construct and are much too expensive. As a near term remedy, small modular reactors, based on well established technologies such as the PWR, look promising.Tony Roulstone

The UK new build programme – does it make any sense?
13 June, 2017
Not at all, says Steve Kidd (East Cliff Consulting), who points to the disadvantages of pursuing a number of different reactor designs rather than having one proven standardised plant replicated across as many projects as possible.

The European Commission is investigating EDF-Areva deal 
12 May, 2017
The EU’s antitrust (monopolies) regulator, the Commission for Competition, is investigating French utility EDF's bid for a majority stake in Areva's nuclear arm.

Loviisa reactors restart with Rolls-Royce digital I&C systems
23 February, 2017
Two years after being awarded a contract to upgrade safety-critical instrumentation and control systems at Fortum’s Loviisa nuclear power plant in Finland, Rolls-Royce has successfully installed and commissioned the first digital I&C systems during the planned 2016 outage.

Engineers and constructors
10 November, 2016
Share price trends over the past five years are discussed for five engineering/construction companies active in the power plant business: Abengoa; Amec Foster Wheeler; Areva; Fluor; and WS Atkins. David Flin

Large part of French nuclear fleet shut down
08 November, 2016
A large proportion of France’s nuclear fleet has been shut down for inspection by the country’s Nuclear Safety Authority following the discovery of potentially faulty components.

Preferred site identified for first NuScale SMR plant
31 October, 2016
The attractiveness of small modular reactors has been an enduring theme within the nuclear industry for many decades, with a very large number of designs proposed over the years that have not progressed very far. The concept, however, now seems to be gaining some real traction, not least in the USA and notably UK, where the saga of Hinkley Point C – which has been characterised as “too big to fail, too huge to succeed” – has highlighted the challenges posed by “conventional” large nuclear.

Brexit provides an energy market opportunity
04 August, 2016
Britain (in the referendum on 23 June to decide European Union membership) has spoken its mind. The value proposition of Brexit was for a better future for Britain. But how does Brexit impact the UK’s energy future, and do the opportunities outweigh the risks? By Jeremy Wilcox

Hinkley – now you see it, now you don’t
29 July, 2016
Despite expectations, the Hinkley Point NPP on-off saga continues.

Multinational technology corporations
08 July, 2016
Share price trends over the past five years are examined for four multinational technology corporations with substantial activities in the power sector: ABB; GE; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries; Siemens. By David Flin

Siemens and Gamesa to merge their wind businesses
24 June, 2016
Siemens and Gamesa have signed binding agreements to merge Siemens' wind power business, including wind services, with Gamesa, to create a new company that will be a major force in global wind power.

Areva details its $9 billion restructuring plan
17 June, 2016
Loss-making French nuclear engineering group Areva has announced details of a $9 billion rescure plan.

A French nuclear farce
11 June, 2016
Both the UK and China need to invest in nuclear power, and both for the same pivotal reasons of reduced fossil fuel emissions and increased base load supply reliability to meet demand growth. Yet while China committed to more than double its nuclear capacity by 2020 under its latest Five Year Plan the UK’s nuclear ambitions are being held hostage by the corporate-political machinations of state-owned EDF.

How can nuclear new build construction risks be addressed?
15 May, 2016

France to launch new offshore tender
20 April, 2016
The French government is preparing to launch its third tender for offshore wind development, the country's energy minister has announced.

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