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Balkan energy projects with Chinese involvement - state of play, May 2016

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Romania all plan new lignite power plants during the next few years. In contrast, most EU countries are giving up building new coal plants and seven EU states are already coal-free. Since the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank have virtually halted lending for new coal power plants, most of them are due to be financed by Chinese state banks – ExIm Bank and the China Development Bank.

Bosnia and Herzegovina signs deal for Tuzla 7 coal plant construction - but its economics are shrouded in mystery

In spite of an updated construction contract for a new unit at the Tuzla coal-fired power plant, the project's economic feasibility remains a puzzle with missing pieces.


Briefing: Nenskra hydropower plant, Georgia

This briefing was prepared and presented during the annual meetings of the Asian Development Bank on 2 May 2016 in Frankfurt.

Briefing on Nenskra hydropower plant for the Asian Development Bank

Die Ukraine baut auf Atomkraft

Source: Roman Schell, Arte

Immer noch sterben Menschen in der Ukraine, aber auch den Nachbarstaaten an den Folgen der Havarie in Tschernobyl. Teile der Ukraine und Weißrusslands bleiben nach wie vor kontaminiert. Die Regierung in Kiew setzt aber trotzdem auf Atomkraft - aus Bequemlichkeit, kritisieren die Experten. 15 Reaktoren gibt es insgesamt in der Ukraine. Sie liefern die Hälfte der Elektrizität des osteuropäischen Landes. Für die ältesten Reaktoren, gebaut noch von den Sowjets, planen die ukrainischen Machthaber die Laufzeitverlängerungen. Die Umweltschützer schlagen Alarm.

Spotlight: Ukraine sees no alternative to nuclear power 30 years after Chernobyl

Source: Xinhua, Xinhua

KIEV, April 26 (Xinhua) -- Thirty years have passed since the Chernobyl power plant disaster, one of the world's worst nuclear accidents, which has caused widespread environmental pollution and left the areas around the plant uninhabitable for centuries or even millennia to come.

The anniversary of the catastrophe is another reminder that nuclear energy could become a major threat to the world if it is not handled with care and caution. Yet, many experts argue that currently, nuclear power is much safer than it was three decades ago and its role in Ukraine's energy mix is irreplaceable.

Spotlight: Lessons of Chernobyl, Fukushima should be learned to avoid future nuclear tragedies

Source: Xinhua, Xinhua

KIEV, April 26 (Xinhua) -- Tuesday marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in today's Ukraine, but many painful lessons have not been learned.

In March 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan was disabled after explosions, a top-level disaster.

Some Ukrainian nuclear safety experts believe that the Fukushima tragedy was preventable given the Chernobyl experience, but human negligence had left the plant unprepared for the earthquake and tsunami.

Майбутнє АЕС в Україні: Модернізувати чи закривати?

Source: Еспресо, Еспресо

В ефірі телеканалу Еспресо Ірина Головко - національний координатор "CEE Bankwatch Network" в Україні у сфері енергетики, еколог.

Se souvenir, transmettre, représenter la catastrophe

Source: Marie Chartron, Vincent Decque, france culture

Les voix que nous entendons approchent Tchernobyl en racontant l’histoire qui a traversé leur famille ou leur corps, tentent de saisir la catastrophe par un film, un texte, des objets collectés dans les maisons évacuées.

Un documentaire de Marie Chartron et Vincent Decque

Prise de son : Raymond Albouy

Україні час планувати енергетичне майбутнє без атому, — експертка

Source: Василина Думан, Ольга Веснянка, Громадське радіо

Ірина Головко розповідає про проблеми України з застарілими атомними енергоблоками та російським паливом. А ще називає популізмом заяву нового міністра екології про створення закритого ядерного циклу

Ольга Веснянка: Який зв’язок між екологією, атомною енергетикою та громадськими кампаніями? І чим займається мережа «Bankwatch»?

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