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Nuclear new build – where does it stand today?
30 January, 2018
Countries around the world are embracing new reactor construction, but...
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Beyond 2017 – where does nuclear stand?
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 The energy news from 2017 provided the usual mix of positive and negative stories. Steve Kidd reviews some of the main developments, including the progress on using nuclear for...

Nuclear economics – a perpetual challenge?
Tuesday, January 09, 2018 Rising construction costs, low gas prices and increasing renewable generation mean nuclear is facing challenges in the USA at the moment. Is this a long-term issue, and does it...

Renewable power – progress or not?
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 The growth of renewables over the last few years suggests the electricity market is at a moment of significant transition. What is the true cost of this shift to wind and solar, and...

Nuclear proliferation – is it a problem for the civil sector?
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 Two recent news items may not seem closely related, but on closer examination suggest that much of the current thinking on nuclear matters needs a complete revamp.

Uranium – what are the dynamics between China and Kazakhstan?
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 China has relied heavily on Kazahstan for uranium needs. However as the Chinese programme slows, it has become time for the world’s top uranium producer to look to other markets.

Nuclear in China – why the slowdown?
Thursday, August 10, 2017 China’s targets for 58GW of installed nuclear capacity and 30GW under construction by 2020 are looking difficult to achieve. Are the constraints that are so familiar in the Western...

The era of nuclear power – can we prevent it coming to an end?
Tuesday, July 04, 2017 With the rise of renewables and the slow shift away from fossil fuels, nuclear power is looking less important. But if nuclear is to maintain a role in future, the industry must...

South Korea – could domestic issues hurt reactor export ambitions?
Thursday, June 08, 2017 Korea is now a serious contender in the reactor export business after success in the United Arab Emirates, but at home the future of nuclear is more uncertain.

The UK nuclear programme – does it make any sense?
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 Not at all, says Steve Kidd*

The future of the nuclear sector – is innovation the answer?
Friday, April 07, 2017 The recent buzz around small reactors and Generation IV designs has increased calls for a technology shift away from traditional large light-water reactors. But is it...

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