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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.
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.
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.
Hinkley – now you see it, now you don’t
29 July, 2016
Despite expectations, the Hinkley Point NPP on-off saga continues.
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.
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.
EDF offered state support for Hinkley C
31 March, 2016
EDF is reported to have been promised a state bailout worth billions of euros to allow it to press ahead with plans to build the £18 billion nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in the UK.
EDF signs six-reactor agreement with India
28 January, 2016
On 26 January Electricite de France announced that it had signed a preliminary agreement with Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd (NPCIL) to build six European Pressurised Reactors (EPR) at Jaitapur, in Maharashtra state.
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.
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.
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.