Specifically, the UK looked like fertile territory for offloading some more of the goldplated French 'EPR' design of nuclear power plant, by then already running into early troubles in Finland and France. We've covered this blow-by-blow from before EDF's acquisition of British Energy, under the 'EDF' tag here.
It's easy to summarise. The existing European EPR installations have run deeper and deeper into the mire of cost over-runs and delay (and lawsuits etc etc). EPR builders Areva are in serious financial trouble, as well they might be based on their track record. Successive UK governments - yes, even notionally anti-nuke LibDem ministers - have been suckered into promising ever more subsidy and support towards at least 2 new nukes from these incompetents (4 were promised by EDF back in 2008). The EC has given the thumbs-up to this blatant nonsense. But EDF still prevaricates.
Now the Times has this:
The project to build Britain’s first nuclear reactor in a generation has been delayed until months after the general election because its Chinese backers have demanded that the French government protect them if it goes bust. The fallout threatens to delay the £16 billion Hinkley Point scheme’s start date of 2023 and further undermines confidence in Britain’s faltering nuclear rennaissance. EDF ... originally promised to give the go-ahead by July last year, but is now expected to wait until this September or October.(July last year? In 2011 I myself sat in a room hearing EDF swear to the then energy minister the go-ahead would be given before that year was out: it's been the same every year since they started the pantomime in 2008.)
In short. much as predicted on C@W exactly one month ago.
There are supporters of nukes amongst the ranks of C@W readers and it would be interesting to hear their views. Surely, commitment to a price of £92.50 per MWh, indexed-linked, paid to Johhny Foreigner over 35 years, in a world of $50 oil, is utterly ludicrous. There are many better ways of achieving post-2023 security of supply than that - and some of them are nuclear!