23.05.16 Nuclear hotting up (or not)

Posted on May 23, 2016
Archive : May 2016
Category : Energy News

A new nuclear reactor planned for Cumbria will be delayed by a year and will not become operational until the end of 2025, say its developers. However, the final investment decision on the Moorside nuclear plant, currently in consultation with the local community, has still to be made and won't happen until 2018 at the earliest. 2025 is also when the troubled Hinkley Point C nuclear plant is set to come on stream – some eight years late. Last week French state-owned EDF denied that the estimated cost for Hinkley had increased yet again. It is still waiting on the French Economy Minister's go-ahead for its share of the funding – this should have happened in April but has now been delayed until September. Meanwhile in Anglesey, Wales the new Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant is also aiming to start generating power by 2025 and its UK-designed Advanced Boiling Water Reactors remain on track to pass their Generic Design Assessment by the end of 2017.

Sources: Utility Week and Edie Newsroom