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Nuclear worries boost UK outlook for gas-to-power

The challenges facing the UK’s nuclear industry mean gas looks well-placed to defend or increase its market share and play a back-up role for renewables over the next decade The challenges facing the UK’s nuclear industry mean gas looks well-placed to defend or increase its market share and play a back-up role for renewables over the next decade.
By Andreas Walstad 27 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels 0 34629
Construction work at the Hinkley C nuclear power plant. (EDF)

EDF announced this week that it is increasingly likely that its 3.26 GW Hinkley Point C nuclear power station will miss its planned startup date of late 2025. The announcement coincides with a number of recent setbacks for the nuclear industry in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.

The company said the first unit at the Somerset-based plant could be delayed by up to 15 months, while the second could be pushed back by up to nine months. EDF also warned that the...