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  • EDF announces further cost increase and new delay to Flamanville 3 project

    25 January 2022

    EDF announced on January 11 that its long-delayed Flamanville 3 reactor project will be delayed by up to six months and will cost an extra €300 million euros (£251m) than previously estimated. The expected total cost of the project has increased from €12.4 billion (£10.3b) to €12.7 billion (£10.6b), four times the original estimate....

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  • Germany shuts down three of its last six nuclear plants

    04 January 2022

    As part of its move towards wind and solar power, Germany shut down three of its last six nuclear power plants on December 31. The three plants, operated by E.ON and RWE, were shut down after more than 30 years of service following the German government's decision to speed up the phasing out of nuclear power following Japan’s 2011 Fukushima meltdown....

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  • EDF finds faults at two French nuclear power stations

    17 December 2021

    French energy giant EDF has announced it is extending the closure of its Civaux nuclear power plant in the western region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine after detecting cracks on the pipes of a reactor. EDF has also closed its Chooz plant in eastern France which uses the same technology as Civaux....

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  • Germany’s energy regulator says Nord Stream 2 won’t be online in first half of 2022

    17 December 2021

    Germany’s energy regulator, Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), has said that its decision on certifying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline won’t be made before July 2022. The certification process for the pipeline was stopped in November after BNetzA told the Swiss-based operator – whose majority owner is Russia’s Gazprom – to set up a German subisidiary in order to comply with European law....

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  • Shell backs out of plans to develop Cambo oil field in North Sea

    03 December 2021

    Shell announced on December 2 that it had decided to pull out of plans to develop the Cambo oil field in the North Sea. The energy giant, which had a 30% stake in the project off the west coast of the Shetland Islands, said that the economic case for the project was not strong enough. Majority owner of the project, Siccar Point, has said it would continue to engage with the UK government and other stakeholders about the project’s development....

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Munitions factory explosion kills two, injures 16 in Serbia 01 December 2021

An explosion at a munitions factory near Belgrade, Serbia killed two people and injured 16 on November 23. The incident happened at a factory belonging to turbojet and rocket engine manufacturer EDePro....

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Carbon dioxide leak kills one, injures three at Spanish nuclear plant 25 November 2021

One person died and three were rushed to hospital after a carbon dioxide leak at the Ascó nuclear power plant in Catalonia, Spain on November 24. Emergency services said that the incident was not linked to radiological activity but was likely caused by a fault in the plant’s fire prevention system....

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INEOS announces over €2 billion investment in green hydrogen production 19 October 2021

INEOS announced on October 18 that it is to invest more than €2 billion into electrolysis projects to make zero carbon, green hydrogen across Europe. Its first plants will be built in Norway, Germany, and Belgium with investment also planned in the UK and France....

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Fire forces closure of key UK electricity cable as prices hit record high 16 September 2021

A fire at a facility in Kent in the early hours of September 15 has forced the shutdown of a key electricity cable that imports power from France into the UK. In a statement, National Grid said that a fire at its IFA interconnector site in Sellindge, between Ashford and Folkestone, had been evacuated and that emergency services were in attendance. The shutdown of the cable comes as the UK experiences record high market prices for wholesale energy....

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Construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline completed, Gazprom says 10 September 2021

Russian energy company Gazprom has announced that construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was completed on September 10. The pipeline, which will transport gas from Russia to Germany, has caused controversy with critics saying it will increase Western Europe’s reliance on Russian gas....

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