Weekly News Roundup – Tuesday 23rd February

In this update, we round up the past week’s news in the world of Nuclear.

Investors ‘shun’ Sizewell C nuclear power station project, by The Independent – “A planned nuclear power station at the Sizewell facility on the Suffolk coast has suffered a significant setback after major investors have ruled out providing funding for the £20bn project, according to reports. Legal and General Capital – the investment arm of the financial services company – has reportedly said it is not backing French energy firm EDF’s Sizewell C plans, which involve building two new reactors at the site.”

USA urged to adopt global strategy on advanced nuclear power, by World Nuclear News – “The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) and Partnership for Global Security (PGS), two US think tanks, today released a joint report defining a comprehensive strategy for the USA to become the global leader in advanced nuclear power. They said the strategy outlines the domestic and international activities that will be required to ensure the USA can lead in the development and deployment of next generation nuclear technologies through collaboration between government, industry, civil society, and other nations.”

Illinois’ Six Nuclear Energy Facilities Operated at Near Full Power During Winter Cold Snap, by Business Wire – “While temperatures plunged across the U.S. last week, Exelon Generation’s six Illinois nuclear plants operated around-the-clock, producing enough power to keep 11 million homes and businesses warm. All six nuclear facilities ran at nearly 100 percent output levels last week, providing schools, hospitals, businesses and residences the reliable, carbon-free electricity needed to keep heaters running during the cold snap.”

S. Korea offers to help Poland build nuclear power plants, by Reuters – “State-owned Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co (KHNP) has offered to help Poland build its first nuclear power plants, as Warsaw moves to reduce carbon emissions, the company said on Wednesday, following similar offers from the U.S. and France. Poland currently generates most of its electricity from coal and is betting heavily on nuclear power to meet its future energy needs, alongside wind and solar power.”

Water leaks indicate new damage at Fukushima nuclear plant, by Associated Press – “Cooling water levels have fallen in two reactors at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant since a powerful earthquake hit the area last weekend, indicating possible additional damage… New damage could further complicate the plant’s already difficult decommissioning process, which is expected to take decades.”