COVID-19

COVID-19
EDF counts the cost of coronavirus to new build projects

EDF counts the cost of coronavirus to new build projects

EDF has said the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a slowdown in construction and maintenance of its nuclear power plant fleet in both France and the UK. It has warned of further delays to the schedules for completing both the Flamanville and Hinkley Point C projects.

Covid-19 30 July 2020


Post-virus recovery a 'perfect opportunity' for nuclear job creation

Post-virus recovery a 'perfect opportunity' for nuclear job creation

Nuclear energy projects should be included in post-COVID recovery plans as they provide a large number of jobs that help boost the economy, the OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency says in its newly published Policy Brief, Creating high-value jobs in the post-COVID-19 recovery with nuclear energy projects.

Covid-19 21 July 2020


EU recovery fund includes R&D and nuclear decommissioning

EU recovery fund includes R&D and nuclear decommissioning

At the end of a five-day special meeting of the European Council, EU leaders reached agreement today to jointly borrow EUR750 billion (USD862 billion) to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The EU's recovery fund, to be composed of EUR390 billion in grants and EUR360 billion in loans, will be attached to a new EUR1.074 trillion seven-year budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). This brings the total financial package to EUR1.82 trillion.

Covid-19 21 July 2020


Pandemic drives plant operators to employ remote checks

Pandemic drives plant operators to employ remote checks

Nuclear power plant operators are carrying out remote quality and safety related assessments of systems, structures and components to overcome physical distancing and mobility restrictions during the global COVID-19 pandemic, participants in a recent International Atomic Energy Agency webinar said. SSCs must be regularly monitored, replaced and have their quality verified.

Covid-19 17 July 2020


Recovery plans are an opportunity to invest in nuclear

Recovery plans are an opportunity to invest in nuclear

The COVID-19 pandemic recovery has presented a window of opportunity for governments, according to a White Paper published today by World Nuclear Association. It says recovery plans that include investment in nuclear energy could not only boost economic growth and jobs, but also fulfil climate change commitments and build a clean and resilient energy system.

Covid-19 09 July 2020


Nuclear's post-pandemic role discussed in NEA webinar

Nuclear's post-pandemic role discussed in NEA webinar

Nuclear energy should be part of post COVID-19 recovery plans, participants agreed during a webinar held today by the OECD/Nuclear Energy Agency to launch a series of policy briefs. Nuclear energy can not only provide economic and employment benefits, but can also help the world attain a low-carbon energy system and increase energy resilience, they said.

Covid-19 24 June 2020


Nuclear Energy Agency unveils plans for post-pandemic recovery

Nuclear Energy Agency unveils plans for post-pandemic recovery

The OECD/Nuclear Energy Agency has today launched a series of policy briefs that examine nuclear energy's role in the post-COVID economic recovery. The policy briefs, to which World Nuclear Association contributed, have four themes: building resilience; job creation; cost-effective decarbonisation; and unlocking finance.

Covid-19 24 June 2020


European power prices impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

European power prices impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

Weaker economic activity amid the COVID-19 pandemic means that S&P Global Ratings' base-case assumptions for power prices in some of Europe's main markets in 2020-2021 are now up to 20% lower than its previous assumptions in November 2019. This, it says, is despite a drastic cut in French nuclear power production rates over the coming three years.

Covid-19 17 June 2020


IAEA works to bolster preparedness for pandemics

IAEA works to bolster preparedness for pandemics

An initiative to strengthen global preparedness for future pandemics like COVID-19 has been launched by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The project, called ZODIAC, builds on the IAEA's experience in assisting countries in the use of nuclear and nuclear-derived techniques for the rapid detection of pathogens that cause transboundary animal diseases, including ones that spread to humans.

Covid-19 16 June 2020


Regulation of radioactive sources maintained, IAEA finds

Regulation of radioactive sources maintained, IAEA finds

A recent International Atomic Energy Agency survey of regulatory bodies in over 90 countries found that national regulators are using innovative methods to ensure the safety of radiation sources is not compromised during the COVID-19 pandemic. Such sources are used mainly in medicine, industry and research.

Covid-19 12 June 2020