Quotes of the week...
"Throughout the [US] presidential campaign nuclear energy was a bipartisan issue and one of the few areas of general agreement between the candidates. Additionally, public polling shows that the importance of nuclear energy to this nation's energy mix is one thing voters could agree on, irrespective of their candidate preference. We encourage President-elect Trump to continue advancing his support for nuclear energy to maintain our nation's leadership in nuclear technology and its indispensable role in our critical energy infrastructure and environmental interests." -- Maria Korsnick, President and CEO, Nuclear Energy Institute
“This is a momentous occasion, what once seemed unthinkable, is now unstoppable. Strong international support for the Paris Agreement entering into force is a testament to the urgency for action, and reflects the consensus of governments that robust global cooperation, grounded in national action, is essential to meet the climate challenge.” -- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
"If you look at the speed and the extent to which China has opened up compared to other developing countries, it’s one of the leaders, and may even be faster than some developed countries. Of course, we are aware that China’s investment environment needs to improve... What I want to emphasise is China will become more and more open and our investment environment will become better and better." -- Wang Yi, Foreign Minister, Chinese Government
I believe that we’re in an exciting time; it feels like we are seeing a renaissance in the nuclear industry. With the recent signing of the Hinkley Point C contract, a clear signal has been sent: nuclear will continue to play a significant role in our future energy mix. And we’re going further, with proposals to develop 18GW of new nuclear power across six sites in the UK. We are harnessing the power and enthusiasm behind this renaissance to get the very best for our country." -- Baroness Neville Rolfe, Minister for Energy and IP, UK Government
"Can you imagine for one second that the company building these two EPR reactors in China, CGN, would invest £6 billion in the EPRs in Somerset if they were not fully confident in the technology and in our ability to deliver? The Flamanville project in France has had a lot of challenges, but it is now certain to succeed and commissioning will take place in 2018." -- Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, Managing Director of Nuclear New Build, EDF