China set to overtake U.S. as biggest nuclear energy nation, IEA says

China is set to more than triple its nuclear energy capacity over the next 20 years, overtaking the U.S. to become the world’s largest nuclear-power producer, according to the International Energy Agency. Speaking at the International Petroleum Week conference in London on Wednesday, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol expressed concerns that the U.S. and Europe …

Outgoing PSC Chairman: ‘I Wouldn’t Bet My House’ On Georgia’s Vogtle Schedule

Stan Wise has been a member of the Georgia Public Service Commission since 1995, serving as chairman for several terms. The PSC, which regulates the state’s utilities, has been at the center of the fight over nuclear power in Georgia for decades. In December, the PSC voted to allow Georgia Power to continue the construction …

Utility eyes NRA screening nod for new nuclear reactor in Shimane Japan

Chugoku Electric Power Co. will initiate procedures to gain approval to start operations of a nuclear reactor whose construction was halted in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster. The utility began construction of the No. 3 reactor at its Shimane nuclear power plant in 2005, and work was close to completion when …

EDF’s French nuclear 2018-19 targets ‘take into account uncertainties’

EDF’s nuclear output targets for its French nuclear fleet for 2018 and 2019 are taking into account various uncertainties, the operator said late Friday following its annual results presentation. For 2018, EDF forecasts a rebound to 395 TWh after last year’s output fell to its lowest level since 1992 at 379 TWh. For 2019, the …

Saudi-Russian Agreements Result with Two Nuclear Reactors in 2018

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud stressed his keenness to develop bilateral relations between Riyadh and Moscow, reiterating the need to bolster cooperation between the two countries in the field of energy. This came during the meeting between King Salman and Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak. Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral …

Japan’s plutonium glut casts a shadow on renewed nuclear deal

TOKYO — The decision Jan. 16 to automatically extend a nuclear agreement with the U.S. came as a relief to a Japanese government worried about the prospect of renegotiating the basis for a cornerstone of its energy policy. But friction remains over a massive store of plutonium that highlights the problems with the nation’s ambitious …

France’s Macron does not rule out building new nuclear reactors

PARIS, Feb 13 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he would not rule out France building new nuclear reactors to replacing state-controlled utility EDF’s ageing reactors. “There is no taboo about this subject,” Macron told reporters. Macron said he remained committed to reducing France’s carbon emissions and his promise to close coal-fired …

Slovakia’s Mochovce nuclear power station closer to completion

The completion of the third and fourth units of the nuclear power station in Mochovce in south-central Slovakia is closer to completion. The dominant power producer and operator of the nuclear station in Mochovce, Slovenské Elektrárne, has connected the third unit to the national grid. This connection now serves as the main source of electricity …

China nuclear reactor delayed again on ‘safety concerns’

Fuel loading at the world’s first Westinghouse-designed AP1000 nuclear reactor on China’s east coast has been delayed due to “safety concerns” — the latest in a long line of setbacks for the project. Officials with the U.S.-based Westinghouse had expected fuel loading to start last year, and it would have been followed by around six …