UK nuclear worth £6.4bn last year

The nuclear power sector contributed £6.4 billion to the UK economy last year. The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) suggests this economic impact rises to £12.4 billion and provides 155,000 jobs when the sector’s spend on associated goods and services in the supply chain and wage spending is taken into account. Each of the sector’s workers […]

UK’s new nuclear builds set to double jobs

Jobs in the UK’s civil nuclear sector are set to double. That’s according to new figures from the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA), which suggest the UK’s new build programme means employment in the field will rise from 65,000 to more than 130,000. Combined, the Hinkley Point C, Wylfa Newydd and Moorside projects are expected to […]

Fewer jobs at Hinkley Point C “for time being”, says EDF

The new reactor at Hinkley Point will create fewer jobs than expected, the supplier EDF Energy announced today. Hinkley Point C in Somerset is meant to be the first of a wave of new nuclear power plants in the UK. Currently the supplier is wrangling with the Government over the “strike price” or amount of […]

UK public favours nuclear over renewables

The British public favours nuclear power as the most popular choice to provide for the UK’s future energy needs. That’s according to a new poll by YouGov, commissioned by the Sunday Times, which showed nuclear energy topped the list with 26% of the votes. The news comes amidst the UK Government’s plans for a more […]

Energy Bill will provide investment certainty

Low carbon associations in the UK have welcomed the Government’s proposals for reforming the electricity market in the Energy Bill. The Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA), the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) and RenewableUK said the Bill provides investment certainty and give confidence to businesses. The groups are urging the Government to work together to […]

Horizon a ‘risky and expensive gamble’ for Hitachi

The Horizon nuclear project is a “risky and expensive gamble” for Japanese giant Hitachi. That’s according to Friends of the Earth whose comment follows yesterday’s news about Hitachi’s deal to buy the nuclear project from E.ON and RWE. The Japanese firm plans to build reactors at each of Horizon’s sites at Wylfa, Anglesey and Oldbury, […]

Cost of nuclear accidents to energy firms jumps seven-fold

Energy firms in Britain will pick up much more of the cost of a nuclear accident under new rules agreed last week. Nuclear operators will now have to have seven times the amount of insurance than they have previously. The Government confirmed it will increase the third party liabilities of operators in the event of […]

Nuclear chief: ‘No substance’ to EU legal allegations

The chief of the UK’s nuclear power trade body has hit back after a group launched a legal bid in the EU to halt new nuclear in the UK. The research group Energy Fair, which includes lawyers and energy policy consultants, last week sent a formal complaint about subsidies for nuclear power to the European […]

Nuclear power: still splitting opinion

ELN attends the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester

ELN reports from New Nuclear Build 2011

ELN will be reporting from New Nuclear Build over the next two days. The conference held by the Nuclear Industry Association is the first opportunity for big names in the sector to discuss the future of the power in the UK post the Fukushima disaster. The event which takes place at the Queen Elizabeth conference […]