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July 14, 2020

Coronavirus company news summary – Kuwait cancels solar plant plans – China to build up to eight new nuclear plants by 2025

Covid-19 continues to disrupt construction of energy plants

The Kuwaiti government has scratched plans to build the Al-Dabdaba solar plant due to the spread of Covid-19 and its impact on the global oil and financial markets, Reuters reported. The project would have supplied 15% of the country’s oil sector’s energy demand. The contract was to be carried out by Kuwait National Petroleum Company, slated to go online in February 2021.

China is planning to build six to eight new nuclear power plants between 2020 and 2025, China Daily has reported. According to the China Nuclear Energy Association, the country expects to have 51 reactors in operation by the end of this year, with an installed capacity of 52GW. By the end of 2025, this will increase to 70GW, with another 30GW of reactors under construction.

The Serbian government has decided to postpone a public discussion on plans for the Kolubara B thermal power plant because of the spread of the coronavirus. The public discussion on the project was slated for 15 July, and would have also covered the strategic environmental impact assessment report.

National Grid has started construction work on the €2bn Viking Link, the world’s longest subsea power cable. The 764km underwater interconnector will run between Bicker Fen in Lincolnshire and South Jutland in Denmark. It will give UK access to the Denmark energy grid.

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