Nuclear

Middle East nuclear, RWE, Chinese wind turbines

In this week’s podcast: We talk to Deloitte’s head of nuclear, Daniel Grosvenor about nuclear power plans in the Middle East; we look at German utility RWE and the possible sale of UK subsidiary Npower; and, we discuss China’s steps into the European wind market with the country’s biggest turbine maker securing an Irish wind farm deal worth €1.5bn. Read more

David Blair

Over the next decade, Britain is expected to spend some £200bn on overhauling its entire energy infrastructure. Chris Huhne, the energy secretary, tries to justify this colossal price tag by pointing to the future opportunities presented by “green growth”. He reckons the UK can reap a huge dividend by becoming a leader in renewable energy technologies, allowing us to penetrate new export markets in emerging economies. 

But an energy conference organised by the Financial Times in London threw several buckets of cold water over Huhne’s optimistic theory. Read more

BP, EU emissions, India

In this week’s podcast: BP looks to settle potential claims over the Gulf spill; global airlines prepare to be included in EU emission targets; and we talk to Sangram Nayaka, organiser of the Energy Investment Summit in Dehli about India’s energy policy – nuclear vs renewables? Read more

In this week’s podcast: Germany to phase out nuclear power; UK utility Centrica leaves a major gas field dormant; plus, the report into the Fukushima disaster raises questions about reactor structures. Read more

Kiran Stacey

Wednesday has been an important day for the nuclear industry, especially in the UK. Read more

Kiran Stacey

The news last week that the Japanese government was close to agreeing a bailout plan for Tepco, the electricity company that owns the Fukushima nuclear plant, should have come as a relief for the company and its debt holders. Read more

In this week’s podcast: We talk to the chief economist of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol about dropping oil prices, cuts in Iraqi production targets and the future energy mix, post-Fukushima. Read more

Kiran Stacey

A global backlash against nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima crisis would lead to higher prices, less energy security and higher carbon emissions, according to Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency. Read more

In this week’s show: BP’s future – a City analyst gives his view; Rex Tillerson, head of Exxon Mobil, on nuclear power, the Middle East, and BP; and is solar energy being undermined by the UK government’s plans? Read more

Given the scale of the original reaction to troubles at Japan’s Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant, it’s interesting to see the degree to which uranium ore prices have stabilised since March. Especially since the crisis itself is doing anything but. Read more