A nuclear plant project in southwest England has made good progress in supply chain management but some improvements are needed before construction accelerates, an inspection has found. Britain’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) examined the supply chain arrangements for EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C project in light of falsification issues at one of the plant’s key suppliers – Fromatome’s Creusot Forge in France. The Creusot Forge foundry stopped production last year following the discovery of manufacturing flaws and the falsification of manufacturing tracking documentation. Inspectors scrutinised how robust the site licensee NNB GenCo’s arrangements are for ensuring the quality of Hinkley Point’s structures, systems and components. The inspection took place in the early stages of construction. “Overall, ONR is broadly satisfied with the enhanced management system arrangements at Areva Creusot Forge,” it said in a report. “The inspection team concluded that Areva and NNB GenCo had made good progress in deploying their improvement programme and had enhanced their manufacturing processes, management system arrangements and the facility’s nuclear safety and quality culture,” it added. However, the inspection was rated “amber”, meaning some arrangements are below standard and improvements need to be made. For example, evidence was not provided to demonstrate how NNB GenCo had learnt from the failings at Creusot Forge and communicated to contractors. NNB GenCo’s own supply chain improvement programme needs further development to make sure it is prioritised and better aligned to the project’s schedule, the ONR said.

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Hinkley Point C quality management needs improvement, says nuclear regulator.

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Posted: 16 March 2018

Sizewell & Bradwell

MPs, Lords and business leaders from the East of England were today able to see for themselves the economic boost delivered from building a new nuclear power station. They met suppliers and apprentices in Westminster as EDF Energy launched a new report detailing the training, skills, jobs and local contracts made possible by the construction of its Hinkley Point C power station in Somerset. EDF Energy is already at work with business and education groups in the east to repeat the success story at the proposed Sizewell C and Bradwell B power stations. The report shows that almost 200 apprentices have already started careers at Hinkley Point C after an intensive schools programme and investment in training facilities. The investment helped them consider careers in science, maths and engineering and give them the right support and training. The report also shows that more than £465m of contracts have been awarded in the south-west and that a third of employment opportunities are due to be filled by local people.

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Posted: 16 March 2018

Energy Costs

Allowing subsidy-free renewables to bid for capacity contracts would cut energy bills by £600m between 2025-35, a new report has found. The analysis by Aurora Energy Research considered the proposals in the recent cost of energy review for an “equivalent firm power” auction.

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Posted: 16 March 2018

Nuclear Futures

The Fukushima accident took place seven years ago. Naoto Kan, Prime Minister at the time of the disaster and fiercely anti-nuclear, delivers to Actu-Environment his vision of the future of the sector in Japan but also in France.

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[Machine Translation] When the Fukushima nuclear disaster occurred in March 2011, Naoto Kan was Prime Minister of Japan and convinced that his country was safe from such a tragedy. The catastrophe cost him his place and his illusions: since then, he has traveled the world to fight against nuclear power. He arrived in France on Monday. Invited to the National Assembly on Tuesday by the group La France Insoumise (which organizes until March 18 a citizen vote on the exit of nuclear), Naoto Kan must also go with anti-nuclear associations in Flamanville, La Hague and European Parliament. Because the former prime minister is undoubtedly one of the best placed to talk about the dangers of nuclear power: he was directly confronted. A perfect guest, therefore, the day after a mobilization in Paris of the network “Sortir du nucléaire”, seven years after the disaster.

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Posted: 16 March 2018

Saudi Arabia

If Iran gets nuclear bomb, Saudi Arabia will follow suit: crown prince.

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Posted: 16 March 2018


The Trump administration on Thursday blamed the Russian government for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the U.S. power grid, marking the first time the United States has publicly accused Moscow of hacking into American energy infrastructure.

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The Trump Administration Is Accusing Russia Of Trying To Hack The US Power Grid. The Department of Homeland Security has formally accused Russian government hackers of a massive, sophisticated, and multipronged attempt to infiltrate the US power grid. The campaign began as early as 2016, according to a technical alert that the Trump administration made reference to Thursday in a Treasury Department statement about new Russian sanctions. The alert did not name the nuclear and critical manufacturing targets that it said the hackers had targeted. But it did attribute those attacks to Russia — at first.

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The US has accused Russia of a wide-ranging cyber-assault on its energy grid and other key parts of its infrastructure, as it stepped up sanctions on Russian intelligence for its interference in the 2016 elections.

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Russian hackers are conducting a broad assault on the U.S. electric grid, water processing plants, air transportation facilities and other targets in rolling attacks on some of the country’s most sensitive infrastructure, U.S. government officials said Thursday.

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Nuclear units Florida Power & Light was to build at Turkey Point have been delayed indefinitely as it’s too expensive to compete with natural gas, FPL says. In 2010, the county agreed with FPL to build two new nuclear units at Turkey Point and treat 90 million gallons daily of reclaimed water to cool them. But “conditions have changed, and the units will not be constructed in the foreseeable future,” Mayor Carlos Giménez said in a memo to commissioners. At the Chairman’s Policy Council last week, he said FPL is opting to extend the life of its existing nuclear units, holding off construction. He said the existing Turkey Point units are maintained in “like new” condition and it isn’t smart to move forward with the new nuclear plants now. “The economics don’t support us moving forward with the new units in the foreseeable future,” said Steven Scroggs, FPL senior director.

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Posted: 16 March 2018


A startling number of law enforcement officers at the power plant gives testament to the embattled history of nuclear power in Taiwan. Step into any trendy coffee shop or burger joint in the country and, among the vintage collectables and polaroid pictures, there is a good chance you will see an off-white cloth banner hanging on the wall, screen-printed with a turquoise outline of Taiwan, and bearing a simple message; “No nukes. No more Fukushima.” Indeed, the infamous Japanese nuclear accident in 2011 galvanized major protests across Taiwan, halting the construction of the country’s fourth nuclear power plant and casting it into a political and legal limbo. The anti-nuclear movement in Taiwan far predates the events of 2011. Organized action against nuclear power can be found as far back as Chernobyl in 1986, during a time when anti-nuclear and pro-democracy forces found common cause in opposing the Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang (KMT). The KMT, which ruled Taiwan under martial law for decades, had constructed three nuclear power plants, with designs for a fourth underway. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) incorporated opposition to nuclear energy into their political platform, and as such, many activists were encouraged when the DPP’s Chen Shui-bian won the 2000 election. Their hope was that the transfer of power would not only end a half-century of continuous KMT rule but terminate Taiwan’s nuclear energy program for good.

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Posted: 16 March 2018


[Machine Translation] The Tihange nuclear power plant in Huy was evacuated this Thursday morning, around 10am, after a fire broke out in the car park, the Belgian media reported. Firefighters reported that 30 cars parked in the indoor parking lot were in flames. According to RTL Info , black smoke columns were visible several kilometers away. The fire was quickly controlled. The origin of the fire is not yet known.

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Posted: 16 March 2018


Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar telephoned a local authority over a wind farm planning application in 2014 after being lobbied by Donald Trump. The Taoiseach told an event in Washington to mark St Patrick’s Day that he was contacted four years ago by the now US President who had a “problem” with the nine-turbine Shragh project in County Clare. Trump had acquired the nearby Doonbeg hotel and golf course and said the wind farm would “impact on tourism”, Varadkar said. The then Tourism Minister “endeavoured to do what I could about it” and “rang” Clare County Council to enquire. “Subsequently the planning permission was declined,” he said. “The president has very kindly given me credit for that although I do think it would probably have been refused anyway.”

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Posted: 16 March 2018

Nuclear Weapons

ANTI-NUCLEAR campaigners from all over Scotland are expected to come to Helensburgh this weekend to attend the Helensburgh CND branch’s second annual conference. Scotland Endangered: The Hazards of Nuclear will be held on Saturday, March 17 from 11-6pm at Helensburgh Parish Church Halls. Speakers include Rob Edwards, Jane Tallents, David McKenzie, Tor Justad, Brian Quail, Dr Ian Fairlie, David Cullen and Martin Docherty Hughes MP, and the conference will be chaired by Ruth Wishart, Alannah Maurer and Isobel Lindsay.

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Posted: 16 March 2018