Brussels ‘won’t stand in the way’ of new nuclear plants, says EU climate chief

The European Commission “will not stand in the way” of countries that choose to build new nuclear power stations, said EU climate chief Frans Timmermans, who warned however about the life-cycle costs of the technology, “which means that you will be stuck with it for a long, long, long time”. The European Commission keeps a …

Berkeley opposes move to ban uranium mining in Spain

A proposed amendment to Spain’s draft climate change and energy transition bill that would prohibit the exploration and extraction of uranium is unconstitutional, says Berkeley Energia. The Australian-based company is at an advanced stage in licensing its Salamanca uranium mine. The draft bill was originally presented to the Spanish Parliament in May 2020. A series …

Nuclear Key to the Clean Energy Transition – Conclusions of the 2020 IAEA Scientific Forum

Nuclear power must have a seat at the table in global discussions over energy policies to curb emissions and meet climate goals, as technical and scientific advances open the door to better economics and greater public acceptance of this low carbon source of energy. These are some of the conclusions of this year’s IAEA Scientific …

Vietnam urged to reconsider nuclear power programme

VIETNAM has been urged to reconsider its nuclear power programme as it struggles to meet demand for electricity in the nation. The recommendations for nuclear energy come as the government gathers public input for its 2021-2030 National Energy Master Plan. Vietnam Mining Technology Association chairman Tran Xuan Hoa said Vietnam’s energy imports has continued to …

Power sector problems see greenhouse gas target missed

Problems in the power sector have seen Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions rise and the 2018 target being missed. Scottish government figures show source emissions increased by 1.5% largely because of the long-term shutdown at Hunterston nuclear power station. It led to more electricity being generated at the gas-fired Peterhead power station, where emissions doubled. A Scottish …

Trump administration to renew Iran sanctions waivers amid worries over US nuclear supply

Concerns over the United States’ nuclear supply have prompted the State Department to renew sanctions waivers for companies working on Iran’s civilian nuclear program, according to senior U.S. officials. Failing to extend these waivers otherwise would expose a Russian nuclear company to American sanctions. Rosatom, a Russian state nuclear company, helps Iran operate its civilian nuclear program – …

Romania to scrap deal with Chinese partner to expand Cernavoda nuclear power plant

Romania’s government will exit the deal with its Chinese partner China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) on the construction of reactors 3 and 4 at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban announced in an interview with Hotnews.ro. He invoked the European Union’s Green Deal rather than security issues or cost concerns circulated …

4 nuclear reactors under consideration by electricity commission

The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) is looking into building four nuclear reactors. “We consider it advisable that we install two more reactors at the Laguna Verde nuclear power plant [in Veracruz] and two on the Pacific coast,” CFE thermoelectric generation coordinator Héctor López Villareal told a press conference. The cost of each 1,400-megawatt (MW) reactor, with …