Daily News Roundup, 20 April 2019
A planned strike by security guards and catering staff at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site in Cumbria has been postponed. About 180 staff employed by outsourcing firm Mitie, were due to start the first of two 10-day strikes on Friday. But the Unite union said it had delayed the action until 24 April and offered the company an “olive branch”.
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Further delays have been announced for the planned opening dates for the European Pressurised Reactors (EPR’s) at Flamanville in France and Olkiluoto in Finland. These are both forerunners of the type of reactor being planned for Hinkley Point C.
‘Le Monde’ reports that the Flamanville EPR is likely to experience further delays. The French Nuclear Safety Authority is expected to order the repair of defective welds or additional studies to ensure their longer-term reliability. It has been suggested in media reports … read more »
Is the tide turning against the new nuclear programme? The UK’s first National Infrastructure Assessment, published by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) says the shift to greener energy is a “golden opportunity” – the UK can move to “highly renewable, clean and low-cost energy”, while ending the use of gas for heating and shifting to 100% sales of electric vehicle (EVs) by 2030. It says a “quiet revolution” in renewable costs means government should prioritise wind and solar, echoing new … read more »