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Nuclear deal announcement set for day two of China state visit

Day two of President Xi Jinping’s visit to the UK will see the announcement of a host of business deals, including investment by China’s state nuclear power companies in two new plants built by French company EDF at Hinkley point in Somerset.

The deal is reported to amount to £8billion a plant.

The announcement has already been clouded by an Energydesk analysis which found that the Hinkley deal would see UK households spend £33 a year in nuclear subsidies after 2025 – a subsidy amounting to £2.6bn a year.

Carbon Brief carries a cautionary tale for Britain’s nuclear industry this morning, with a lengthy feature on the Olkiluoto 3 project in Finland.

The power station, once heralded as a way of dramatically reducing carbon emissions and decreasing the country’s energy dependence on Russia, is now nine years behind schedule and three times over budget.

Energy minister Andrea Leadsom told MPs yesterday that the cost of new nuclear would be “affordable” and said that the British people should “be very excited about the new industrial sector”.

First cancer case linked to Fukushima disaster

A worker who helped in the clean-up operation at the Fukushima nuclear power station after the 2011 tsunami has become the first person linked to the disaster to contract cancer, according to the Japanese government.

A former employee at the facility, which was devastated by the magnitude 9 earthquake four years ago, has been diagnosed with radiation-linked leukaemia.

More than 44,000 people helped in the decommissioning work after the incident, while thousands living near the plant were moved from the area and exclusion zones were set up.

Concerns over the safety of nuclear power in the aftermath of the disaster led to Japan scaling back the industry.

Dyson sues Bosch over energy efficiency claims as VW scandal rumbles on

British firm Dyson is suing the German manufacturer Bosch over claims the company “misled consumers” by falsely reducing the consumption of its vacuum cleaners to boost claims they were energy efficient.

The Times reports that legal documents filed by Dyson claim the Bosch GL8o model, sold under the Siemens name exploited loopholes in EU regulations which allowed the product to perform better in test conditions than in real life to secure it’s “A-grade energy rating”.

The story echoes the now long-running VW emissions scandal. Last week, Energydesk reported that Paul Willis, the Managing Director of Volkswagen UK, said to a government committee that cheating emissions tests had not led to any further Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) pollution.

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