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UK to partner with France and China to build nuclear plants

Some aspects of European energy markets continue to surprise, even after a decade or so of intended competition across the continent

Who would have thought that a modern, forward-thinking country like the UK – a regional pioneer of nuclear-generated electricity – would seriously consider allowing overseas state companies to build expensive, baseload nuclear plants to guarantee UK state-funded, high-priced security of supply, at a time when the gas market is looking long for another decade; and renewable technology is becoming cheaper all the time? The decision is surprising given that the French technology that has been chosen – EPR – has been so glacially slow in coming to market. It was supposed to be operating in Finland six years ago but now might start up in 2018. According to French press, EDF has formally asked th

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