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Areva acquisition delayed
17 December, 2015
News agency Reuters reports that disagreements over valuation and charges related to the Olkiluoto nuclear plant project are likely to delay EDF's acquisition of Areva's nuclear reactor business until next year.

India and France launch international solar initiative
01 December, 2015
Indian prime minister Narendera Modi and French president Francois Hollande launched the alliance of 120 countries at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on 30 November.

Areva bale-out has stalled
18 November, 2015
Negotiations to bale out French engineering company Areva have hit a significant roadblock.

Waiting for the fog to lift over Hinkley Point
07 October, 2015
It is now about two years since loan guarantee arrangements were agreed between EDF and the UK government for the planned Hinkley Point C (2 x 1670 MW EPR) nuclear power project and around 18 months since initial agreement was reached on what some would see as a reasonably generous “investment contract” for the plant, which includes a 35-year “contract-for-difference” with a strike price (essentially guaranteed income) of 9.25p/kWh (or 8.95p/kWh if the follow on twin- reactor plant, Sizewell C, also gets built).

UK-China nuke deal could expand via Bradwell site
22 September, 2015
A deal is expected to be struck during UK chancellor George Osborne's current visit to China that would allow the Chinese government to build a nuclear power station in Bradwell, Essex through one of its state-owned nuclear companies.

Yokogawa wins control system contract
15 September, 2015
Areva Renewables Brazil has placed an order with Yokogawa for the delivery of a control system for a biomass power plant in Brazil.

Hinkley Point finance decision put back
09 September, 2015
EDF has warned that a final investment decision for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the UK will be delayed while talks with investors continue

More delays for Flamanville NPP
09 September, 2015
Technical problems and tightened safety rules have further delayed construction of EDF's European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) being built at Flamanville in northern France, further pushing up costs.

Areva wins US nuclear contracts
28 July, 2015
Areva has been awarded a three-year, multi-million dollar contract to perform outage and maintenance activities for five nuclear power facilities in the USA.

Germany sets course for 2 GW of new offshore capacity in 2015
01 June, 2015
Not surprisingly German offshore wind has had no shortage of teething problems, but 2015 seems to be proving productive for projects in the German North Sea, with seven large (300-400 MW range) wind farms in various stages of start up/commissioning. These, when fully commercial, will add some 2071 MW to Germany’s North Sea offshore wind installed capacity, taking the total from about 856 MW (including Blackstone-financed Meerwind Sud/Ost (288), the troubled Bard Offshore One (400 MW), Riffgat (108 MW) and Alpha Ventus (60 MW test facility)) to nearly 3 GW (the current stated goal for offshore wind installed capacity being 6.5 GW by 2020 and 15 GW by 2030).

Areva announces 6000 jobs are at risk
13 May, 2015
French nuclear firm AREVA has launched negotiations with labour organisations as it looks to reduce overheads and compensation costs by cutting up to 6000 jobs.

Anomalies found in Flamanville 3 reactor vessel
13 April, 2015
The Flamanville 3 EPR nuclear plant under construction in France will undergo additional tests following detection of anomalies in the steel in certain parts of the reactor pressure vessel.

Areva launches novel corrosion prevention technique
30 January, 2015
Areva has developed what it says is a ground-breaking, innovative technology to prevent the corrosion of the secondary systems in nuclear power plants through the application of a protective film on the inner surfaces.

NMR loses £9bn nuclear clean-up contract
16 January, 2015
The UK government has cancelled the contract held by private consortium Nuclear Management Partners to clean up the nuclear waste site at Sellafield.

Modernising Loviisa, learning from LARA
01 January, 2015
Loviisa’s first attempt at a full upgrade of its I&C systems, a project called LARA, proved unsuccessful because of the complexity and sheer scale of the undertaking. Building on the painful lessons of that experience a new project, ELSA, with new contractors, is underway. The scope is somewhat reduced, but the project remains ambitious and the schedule tight, with completion by 2018.

New record established for AC switching voltage
01 January, 2015
ABB has installed and commissioned in India an AC circuit breaker that at 1.2 million volts is established as the highest AC voltage breaker installed anywhere in the world. It will support the country’s plans for its ultrahigh voltage grid.

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