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June 4, 2020

Coronavirus company news summary – EDF suspends three contracts – Slovak nuclear decommissioning continues

By Matthew Farmer

4 June

EDF has terminated regulated nuclear electricity supply contracts with three energy suppliers due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The French state-controlled utility has suspended the contracts with Alpiq, Gazel Energie, and Total Direct Energie because they sought to invoke the force majeure clause in the contracts.

The Malaysian government has given tender for 1GW solar projects in a bid to boost the local economy following the pandemic. It was launched under the fourth round of the nation’s Large-Scale Solar (LSS) programme. However, the tender is open only to 100% locally-owned companies registered in Malaysia.

The Board of Management of the UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, FANR, has reviewed the progress of Barakah Nuclear Power Plant. The agency said its board members deliberated upon the UAE Government’s directions and FANR’s latest precautionary measures with regard to addressing coronavirus.

The first reactor pressure vessel (RPV) has been removed in the Bohunice V1 nuclear power plant in the Slovak Republic despite current health and safety regulations. Tomáš Klein, director of decommissioning at the project management unit, said: “The upcoming dismantling activities of activated components like the reactor pressure vessel and reactor internals will eventually reduce the radioactivity of the site by almost 100% by the end of 2022.”

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