By Paul Homewood
The plot thickens. From PEI:
Toshiba has announced it will buy out partner Engie’s 40 per cent stake in the operator of the proposed NuGen nuclear power project at Moorside in the UK for $138m after Engie asked for the step under the terms of their contract.
The purchase means that for now, Toshiba will be more deeply involved in a business it is hoping to exit-nuclear power projects outside Japan.
Last week, Toshiba’s US nuclear unit, Westinghouse Electric Co., filed for bankruptcy protection following huge cost overruns at various nuclear-reactor projects.
Toshiba said the Westinghouse bankruptcy triggered a clause in its contract with France-based Engie that gave Engie the right to sell its stake in the companies’ UK joint venture, NuGeneration Ltd. or NuGen. Toshiba already owns 60 per cent of NuGen.
NuGen has been trying to build three reactors using Westinghouse’s AP1000 model…
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