EU approves state aid for Finnish gas plant

The European Commission has approved plans to grant around €10 million (£8m) of public investment to the operator of a gasification plant in Finland. The Vaskiluodon Voima Oy facility will convert forest biomass into gas for electricity generation and district heating instead of using coal. It will replace between 25% and 40% of the coal […]

EDF gathers companies looking to cash in on Hinkley Point C

With a £16 billion budget there’s a lot of money to be made. Power firm EDF Energy held a conference in London this week for companies looking to cash in on the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear plant. It said the event would help potential suppliers understand how to win contracts for the project. The […]

Horizon opts for fewer nuclear reactors at Welsh plant

The Hitachi owned company Horizon Nuclear Power has opted to build fewer nuclear reactors at a proposed nuclear plant in Wales. This means capacity will be 1.3GW lower than it might otherwise have been. Hitachi bought the firm from RWE npower and E.ON last year and said at the time it planned to build two […]

TEPCO starts removing fuel rods from Fukushima nuclear plant

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has begun the slow and delicate process of removing fuel rods from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, starting with reactor four. The 1,500 fuel rods contained within reactor four’s storage pool are expected to be removed by the end of 2014. They will be taken out using a crane in […]

Salmond asks why Grangemouth deal came to "cliff edge"

Questions will be asked about why the future of Grangemouth petrochemical plant came so close to the “cliff edge”, according to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. Under today’s deal union Unite agreed not to strike for three years and accepted the plant owner INEOS’ survival plan. Mr Salmond said: “There will no doubt be continued debate and […]

Phew! Grangemouth petrochemical plant saved from closure

The Grangemouth petrochemical plant has been saved from closure after the owner INEOS agreed a deal with the Unite union. It marks a lucky escape as the site has been shut down since last week and looked set to close for good after Unite rejected INEOS’ survival plan on Monday. It will now reopen after […]

7,500 songbirds killed by flare at Canadian gas plant

A moth-like attraction to flames may have been the undoing of a flock of songbirds after an estimated 7,500 of them were killed by a flare tower at a Canadian gas plant. Fraser Forsythe, an official from Canaport LNG confirmed the migrating birds were killed at its plant in Saint John between Friday night and […]

Investment fund buys Norfolk solar farm for £17m

An investment fund focusing on large-scale solar projects has agreed to buy a solar farm in Norfolk for £17 million. The farm of solar panels on an agricultural site near Hardingham is expected to start generating power in December and will be one of the largest in the region. Bluefield Solar Income Fund – which […]

Government to take ‘hands on approach’ to Fukushima clean up

The Japanese government has vowed to take “a more hands on approach” in dealing with the clean up of the Fukushima nuclear plant including the use of public funds. Conditions have been deteriorating at the plant, with the Toyko Electric Power Company (TEPCO) struggling to stop leaks from the growing stores of radioactive water used […]

Government to take 'hands on approach' to Fukushima clean up

The Japanese government has vowed to take “a more hands on approach” in dealing with the clean up of the Fukushima nuclear plant including the use of public funds. Conditions have been deteriorating at the plant, with the Toyko Electric Power Company (TEPCO) struggling to stop leaks from the growing stores of radioactive water used […]