Campaign Update

Hinkley – redundant technology past its sell-by date

Over the last year a series of reports from financial and energy analysts have concluded that, amongst other things, conventional utility models are no longer fit for purpose. The reports highlight the changes to the old centralised utility model which are on the horizon and the importance of new technologies. They suggest that decentralised energy supply will be increasingly important in the future. The latest issue of NuClear News (No.68 November 2014) looks at a selection of these reports.

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Nuclear Investment – what is China’s motivation?

The Colchester Gazette doesn’t publish letters online which is a pity. This one from Professor Barry Jones is particularly interesting.

Dear Sir

News that Chinese state-owned companies remain interested in the possibility of building and operating a new nuclear power station at Bradwell should remind all readers that nuclear power is not a business like any other business and that Chinese state-owner companies are not companies like any other companies.

Nuclear power remains one of the most dangerous forms of power generation. The Fukushima …

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Nuclear is a choice – not a requirement

The number of energy efficiency measures being installed to help homes save energy has collapsed as a result of government policies according to the Association for the Conservation of Energy.(1) Yet an ambitious programme of insulating buildings, and producing more energy directly from buildings themselves could net savings to the economy averaging £12.1bn per year from now until 2050.(2)

The government’s energy efficiency policies are in free fall” says Ed Matthew, director of the Energy Bill Revolution campaign, “as a result,

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Daily News Roundup

21 November 2014


Doug Parr: Given UK consumers are on the hook for an undiscounted£37billion of subsidy to this project, you’d think democratic principles would require that all developments were subject to full public scrutiny. But no; it’s all happening behind closed doors. A few new scraps of information have emerged that do suggest the project is far from going swimmingly. There are 3 main points. First, the reactor design, the European Pressurised water Reactor (EPR) isn’t very good. A nuclear engineer now …

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20 November 2014


The future of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset is under a cloud amid a financial crisis at Areva, a shareholder in the project and the designer of the proposed reactors. Shares in the French engineering business plunged by almost a quarter after Areva warned it must suspend future profit predictions because of problems centred on a similar power station project in Finland. Both that scheme at Olkiluoto and another at Flamanville in France are massively over-budget and …

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19 November 2014


French state-owned nuclear company EDF has delayed by a year construction of its flagship next generation plant in Flamanville, putting the blame squarely on the shoulders of supplier Areva. EDF said on Tuesday that problems with delivering a number of parts, such as the lid and internal structure of the reactor vessel, would delay the project start until 2017. The news came as Areva issued a profit warning. This is the latest in the long line of delays for the …

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18 November 2014


Saudi Arabia has made a late attempt to bankroll EDF Energy’s project to build Britain’s first nuclear reactor for a generation. Saudi Electric, the national utility company, has moved after the French company balked at the demands of its Chinese partners. EDF wants the state-backed China General Nuclear and China National Nuclear Corporation to take a 40 per cent stake in the £24.5 billion development at Hinkley Point, Somerset. However, CGN and CNNC are demanding that Chinese manufacturers are handed …

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