The control room at South Korea’s Shin-Wolsong nuclear power plant. (KHNP) Alternative Fuels

South Korea’s nuclear phase-out to boost gas demand

The South Korean president’s call to phase out nuclear power in favour of LNG and renewables will boost the country’s gas demand in the long term.

By Andrew Walker 26 June 2017
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UK watchdog slams Hinkley Point nuclear deal

A report by UK spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) has labelled the government’s deal for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant as "high cost and risky".

23 June 2017
An LNG cargo arrives in Brazil. LNG could still play a key role in the country despite production growth. (Petrobras) Alternative Fuels

Renewables throw LNG a lifeline in Latin America

Do not write off Latin America’s LNG sector just yet. Renewables will need a hefty back-up, conference speakers in Houston argued this week.

23 June 2017
Grain LNG terminal. The UK’s carbon floor price has helped gas gain market share from coal. (Flickr/National Grid) Alternative Fuels

ETS price too low for LNG to crowd out coal in power

LNG import prices in Europe have dropped sharply but will still rely on a boost in carbon prices to compete with coal in power generation.

22 June 2017
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Brussels OKs Danish support for coal-to-biomass conversion

The European Commission has approved Denmark’s DKK 422 million support package to convert DONG Energy’s coal-fired power plant in Kalundborg to use biomass.

22 June 2017
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Rosatom to make Jordan nuclear project FID this year

Rosatom is still planning to make an FID for a nuclear power plant in Jordan by the end of 2017.

21 June 2017
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Rosatom to start building Indian and Bangladeshi nuclear plants

Russia’s Rosatom plans to start construction of nuclear power plants in India and Bangladesh this summer.

21 June 2017
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South Korea to phase out nuclear from energy mix

South Korean Prime Minister Moon Jae-in has used the shutdown of the country’s first nuclear reactor earlier this week to announce his intention to phase out nuclear power from the country’s energy mix.

21 June 2017
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US energy secretary defends energy budget cuts

United States Energy Secretary Rick Perry defended President Donald Trump’s proposed energy budget cuts at a Washington House Appropriations Committee meeting on Tuesday.

21 June 2017
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Nuclear fuel tax verdict is boost for German utilities

A court ruling voiding a nuclear fuel tax imposed on German utilities will strengthen the balance sheets of companies that have been hit by lower power prices.

21 June 2017
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Rosatom signs MOU on nuclear power with Sudan

Russia’s Rosatom has signed a memorandum of understanding concerning cooperation on nuclear power with Sudan.

20 June 2017
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Russia still in talks on Saudi nuclear plans – Rosatom chief

Russia is still in negotiations with Saudi Arabia about a role in the country’s nuclear power programme, Alexei Likhachev, the head of Russia’s state-owned Rosatom, has told Interfax.

20 June 2017
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Fortum and Enel the big winners in Russian wind tender

The Russian government has announced the results of its latest wind farm construction tender, with Finland’s Fortum and Italy’s Enel the major winners.

15 June 2017
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Brussels sets new timeline for ITER fusion project

The European Commission has adopted a communication presenting a revised schedule and budget estimates for European participation in the ITER fusion project.

15 June 2017
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US has 90 operational nuclear reactors – EIA

The United States has 90 operational reactors at 60 nuclear power plants, according to a report from the Energy Information Administration.

14 June 2017
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Japanese district court rejects Genkai reactor injunction

The Saga district court in Japan has rejected a request for a temporary injunction to block the restart of reactors 3 and 4 at the Genkai nuclear power plant.

14 June 2017
The new Sungrow floating solar power plant in China. Floating projects are gaining in popularity. (Sungrow) Alternative Fuels

Floating renewables becoming commercially viable

Floating wind and solar projects are reaching commercial scale worldwide with the launch of facilities in Europe, India and elsewhere.

14 June 2017
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Engie, Elektra sign Ghana wind project

France’s Engie and African developer Eleqtra have signed an agreement to develop a wind project in Ghana.

13 June 2017
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Green Climate Fund payouts fall short of targets

The $10 billion international Green Climate Fund has to date made a pay-out of only $5 million for a United States-led solar energy project.

13 June 2017
A South African nuclear plant. The country’s procurement programme has caused controversy. (© jbdodane.com) Alternative Fuels

New determination on South African gas power likely – NERSA

South Africa’s gas tender looks in doubt following a high court ruling calling for greater consultation on the country’s nuclear power programme.

12 June 2017
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Japan plans for more nuclear power plants

Japan’s government is planning to build more nuclear power plants, a move that could be unpopular with the population.

12 June 2017

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