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France considers six new nuclear reactors

The French government has sent a letter requesting domestic utility EDF to assess the possibility of building six new EPR nuclear plants over the next 15 years. This occurs despite the country's plan to reduce the proportion of nuclear power in its energy mix.

UK sources main power from renewables

For the first time since the industrial revolution, fossil fuels – mainly coal – are displaced as the UK's main source of energy, thus giving way to a mix of wind, solar and biomass.

Avangrid reportedly in M&A talks

A US merger could entail a new utility valued around USD 67 billion as well as new consortium partner for Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.

Danish government could call off oil hunt free of charge

Basically, there are no state compensation costs associated with dropping the eight tender round, according to a response from the Danish Energy Agency. But the signal sent by canceling would be wrong, says a lawyer who has been advising one of the applicants.

Norway's wind beats hydro on revenue

In a country traditionally dominated by hydroelectric power, the major expansion of wind energy has led to the latter sector accounting for almost half the domestic revenue from renewables.

Statkraft chosen for 200MW wind farm on Shetland Islands

Consortium Energy Isles Limited from the Shetland Islands, UK, has chosen Statkraft as developer on the 200MW wind farm the consortium has for five years been planning to construct in the northern region of island Yell. (corrected)

Seagulls pose risk on offshore platforms

On oil and gas platforms, a constant battle is waged against unwanted birds posing health and safety risks to employees. "The problem is so large as to affect nearly all platforms," says offshore supplier Semco Maritime.

Hess engages heavily in rare "high-risk venture"

In the coming weeks, Hess Denmark will be engaging in a long-awaited oil exploration in the North Sea. "Of course there's great interest in it," says South Arne operator's CEO, George Lumsden, in an interview with EnergyWatch. It's the first time in five years that new drillings happen on the Danish seabed.

Prysmian lands contract with Tennet

The Italian cable manufacturer has won an order encompassing cables both above and below ground. The company itself deems the contract a milestone.

Costs rise again for UK Hinkley Point nuclear project

The UK's nuclear power plans seem increasingly pricey and inviable as French utility EDF hikes development costs. Meanwhile, offshore wind offers the cheapest electricity, as recently seen in the UK's latest CfD auction.

Former Tepco execs walk after Fukushima trial

Top Tepco executives tried for negligence for their inadequate response to tsunami warnings were found not guilty in the country's only criminal case for the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant disaster.

Ørsted sells Danish DSO Radius

The utility has signed an agreement to sell its metropolitan Copenhagen distribution system operator Radius to the domestic, consumer-owned company Seas-NVE for a price of DKK 21.3 billion. It is difficult to contain the excitement, the buyer says.

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