Nuclear Power


Fukushima workers still in murky labour contracts - Tepco survey


TOKYO - The number of workers at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant on false contracts has increased in the last year, the station operator said, highlighting murky labour conditions at the site despite a pledge to improve the work environment.


South Korea announces four more nuclear reactors to be built 21 Nov 2014

SEOUL - South Korea said on Friday it will start to construct two new nuclear power plants in 2017 at the earliest and another two by 2022, making a total of 11 new nuclear plants planned by 2024.


Britain examines progress of Hinkley Point C nuclear project 20 Nov 2014

LONDON - The British government said on Thursday it was assessing developer EDF's progress in building the new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant and reviewing costs, but played down a report that this was prompted by concerns over potential delays.


Centrica lowers earnings forecast as mild weather bites 20 Nov 2014

LONDON - Britain's largest energy supplier, Centrica, cut its full-year earnings outlook on Thursday on the back of a steep drop in energy demand due to mild weather and the extended outage of two nuclear power plants which it partly owns.


Momentum builds for Japan PM to call early election 11 Nov 2014

TOKYO - Officials from Japan's ruling coalition urged lawmakers on Tuesday to prepare for a possible early election, and a government source said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was likely to delay a tax hike that could derail a promised economic recovery.

Prompt prices rise on increased demand from utilities 10 Nov 2014

LONDON - Prompt natural gas prices in Britain rose on Monday morning as outages at nuclear plants boosted demand from gas-fired power generators.


Japan's Sendai nuclear plant wins regional vote to restart 07 Nov 2014

TOKYO - Regional authorities in Japan on Friday approved the restart of the idled Sendai nuclear plant of Kyushu Electric Power Co, paving the way for a revival of the stalled industry more than three years after the Fukushima disaster.

French nuclear plants in new mystery drone overflights - source 01 Nov 2014

PARIS - Unidentified drones illegally overflew five French nuclear power plants overnight, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Saturday, in the latest of a series of unexplained incidents that have raised safety concerns.


Special Report - Tsunami evacuees caught in $30 billion Japan money trap 31 Oct 2014

ISHINOMAKI Japan - Thirty billion dollars (18.7 billion pounds) in funding for roads, bridges and thousands of new homes in areas devastated by the tsunami in Japan three and a half years ago is still languishing unspent in the bank. That means Keiko Abe is heading into a fourth winter of sub-zero temperatures in a cramped, temporary dwelling that is succumbing to the elements.

France investigates mystery drone activity over nuclear plants 30 Oct 2014

PARIS - France has launched an investigation into unidentified drones that have been spotted over nuclear plants operated by state-owned utility EDF, its interior minister said on Thursday.