US Government provides $3.5m for nuclear reactor projects

The US Government has announced funding worth $3.5 million (£2.3m) for four advanced nuclear reactor projects in the country. Led by GE Hitachi, General Atomics, Gen4 Energy and Westinghouse, the projects will address key technical challenges to designing, building and operating the “next generation” of nuclear reactors. The US Department of Energy’s latest move is […]

EDF talks up French-British nuclear alliance

EDF Energy has hailed the French-British alliance in store with the building of its new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point – if it can sort out a guaranteed price for low carbon power with the Government. Responding to the Nuclear Strategy released by the BIS department yesterday the French energy supplier also talked up […]

France’s Areva and Chinese firm in Horizon nuclear bid

The chief of French nuclear power group AREVA has given a clear signal it is teaming up with China’s Guangdong Nuclear Power to bid for the Horizon nuclear power project. Luc Oursel, AREVA’s chief executive said over the weekend it will probably team up with Chinese utilities and other industrial actors to make an offer. […]

Underwater laser to fix nuclear plant

Westinghouse has been awarded a contract to use an underwater laser to fix a nuclear reactor. The Underwater Laser Beam Welding process (ULBW) has been applied previously in Japan, but this will be the first time the process has been used at a nuclear plant in America. Developed jointly by Westinghouse and Toshiba Corporation, the […]

Reactor manufacturer ‘unshaken’ after Horizon debacle

Leading nuclear reactor manufacturer Westinghouse has admitted its disappointment with the decision taken yesterday by RWE npower and E.ON to drop their joint nuclear venture Horizon. However the company says it is “unshaken” and still sees nuclear as being an important part of the UK’s energy mix. Yesterday the two German utilities announced they were […]

Unions want two nuclear plant designs

MPs and two of Britain’s largest trade unions are concerned only one type of design could be picked by nuclear power firms operating in the UK, potentially jeopardising jobs and energy security. The call comes as the nuclear group behind Horizon Nuclear Power is due to announce its chosen reactor design for a new plant […]

New UK nuclear reactor designs approved

The UK’s new nuclear power programme reached an “important milestone” today as designs for two new nuclear reactors were provisionally accepted by safety and environment regulators. The Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency granted “interim acceptance” to the generic designs for both EDF and AREVA UK’s EPR reactor (pictured) and Westinghouse’s AP1000 reactor. […]

Westinghouse to supply parts to EDF’s French nuclear plants

Westinghouse Electric Company will supply 12 replacement steam generators for EDF’s French nuclear fleet. The nuclear technology provider, which was bought by Toshiba Corp and The Shaw Group for over $5,000million in 2007, will design and make the steam generators for the French energy company. Yves Brachet from Westinghouse said: “The signature of this contract […]

Sale of 20% shares won’t affect new build, say Westinghouse

Global engineering firm Shaw Group Inc have exercised its option to sell its 20% stake in nuclear producers Westinghouse back to Toshiba Corp for $1.6bn. Westinghouse have made a statement declaring that they would continue to work with Shaw and normal construction will carry on. Shaw said the sale will reduce their debt: “Since the […]

Westinghouse gets nuclear all clear

The American designed Westinghouse nuclear reactor has passed its last major safety hurdle it was announced today. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has agreed to close a ‘regulatory issue’ or RI which was raised against its AP1000 reactor design. The RI centred around concerns about the civil structures around the reactor. The ONR which […]