Sizewell

EDF boss on new nuclear need, ‘regardless of sun shining or wind blowing’. EDF Energy’s chief executive has insisted Sizewell C must be part of the UK’s future energy mix. Simone Rossi told a Westminster energy sector summit that nuclear needed to be included to deliver the minimum level of demand on the electrical grid. He said the UK needed nuclear to generate a base load “regardless of whether the sun is shining or the wind is blowing”. Addressing this year’s Utility Week Energy Summit, Mr Rossi also suggested Suffolk’s proposed third nuclear plant would be “much cheaper” than the £19.6bn Hinkley Point C in Somerset. Alex Chisholm, permanent secretary of the Department of Energy and Climate Change, opened with UK’s energy policy, before Ofgem chief Dermot Nolan looked at the future energy in the UK, making way for Mr Rossi to state the case for new nuclear. He told the summit: “To decarbonise the electricity system, we need to bring our carbon down to 60grams per KWh – it is 220g at the moment.

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Posted: 22 June 2018

Moorside

More needs to be done to ensure communities not only see but feel the benefits of investment in Cumbria’s nuclear sector, industry figures have been told. Rick Wylie, the Samuel Lindow Academic Director for the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) based at Westlakes Science and Technology Park, laid down the challenge at the third warm-up arm-up event to September’s Cumbria Nuclear Conference, hosted by Carlisle MP John Stevenson. Mr Wylie stressed the important work the nuclear industry had already done to support communities and the aspirations of young people and adults, by supporting projects such as the new Whitehaven Academy and Well Whitehaven. But, in a speech at Castle Green Hotel in Kendal on Thursday night, he said: “Nuclear investment needs to have wider public value. It is not just about money, it is about ensuring people not just see but feel the benefits of it.

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Posted: 22 June 2018

Sellafield

NDA to spend billions stabilising plutonium canisters. The National Audit Office (NAO) has released a report detailing the unstable condition of highly dangerous plutonium canisters at the Sellafield nuclear plant, said to be “decaying faster than anticipated”. The report, titled ‘Progress with reducing risk at Sellafield’ warns that if these canisters were to leak it would prove an “intolerable risk” – a label defined by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) as a situation where reducing the risk “becomes the overriding factor”, taking precedence over matters of cost and requiring immediate action. The NDA has refused to comment on the number of canisters affected, though it has said it is only a “small proportion” of their total number. The UK houses 40% of global civil plutonium, the majority of which is stored at the Sellafield site in Cumbria, itself overseen by the NDA. The substance is a by-product of nuclear fuel reprocessing and the site’s abundant stock has led the NDA to label Sellafield its most hazardous facility. The new report shows Sellafield, which opened in 2012, to have ‘unsuitable’ containers for storing plutonium. The NAO has proposed the canisters be repackaged through the store retreatment plant (SRP) facility, though until this facility is ready the NDA is recommended to place the more unstable canisters in extra layers of packaging. In response to these measures, the NDA has announced its decision to pledge a further £1bn on these packaging canisters, and £1.5bn on building a new facility to house the plutonium.

Power Technology 21st June 2018 read more »

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority pledges to be more efficient. In the week when a report by the National Audit Office criticised the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority over delays in work and a £913m overspend, Kate Ellis said: “We are in the process of strengthening our approach to contracting: becoming better, more efficient, clearer, providing best value for taxpayers. “This is about getting better at awarding the contracts but also, equally importantly, making sure the work performed is in line with those contracts and the costs agreed in them.” Ms Ellis was speaking at the Nuclear Industry Association’s (NIA) Decom2018 event, in London.

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Posted: 22 June 2018

ONR

The UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has published its annual report highlighting the extent of its regulatory activities. These included more than 1000 inspections, design acceptance confirmation for a new reactor, ongoing modernisation of its regulations, and its participation in the first European topical peer review on ageing management of nuclear power plants.

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Posted: 22 June 2018

Decommissioning

John Wood Group has launched an investment fund to help small businesses to develop nuclear decommissioning technology. The FTSE 250 engineering and support services provider said it would back individual projects with up to £250,000 of investment. Wood outlined how it was particularly keen to find ways to minimise human intervention in the dismantling process. Other areas it was keen on included improving productivity and optimising ways of treating waste. The nuclear decommissioning market is worth £6 billion globally and spending is likely to increase as many facilities will reach the end of their active life over the next 20 years. Bob MacDonald, chief executive of specialist technical solutions at Wood, said: “The government and nuclear decommissioning authority wants industry to deliver safer, cheaper and fa ster decommissioning. To meet this challenge, it will be necessary to deploy new or existing technologies in ingenious and innovative ways.”

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Posted: 22 June 2018

Energy Policy

Ed Miliband has called on the UK Government to build momentum towards the next UN climate summit by enshrining a new net-zero emissions target for 2050. Theresa May yesterday evaded a question from Labour’s Shadow Energy Minister Alan Whitehead during Prime Minister’s Questions on whether such a target would be forthcoming, saying only that the UK was “leading the way in relation to dealing with the issue of climate change”. Speaking exclusively to edie today, Miliband expressed his dismay at the PM’s response, and urged the Government to set a precedent to other countries by introducing a net-zero target before December’s COP24 summit in Poland. Clean Growth Minister Perry announced in April that the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) would be instructed to provide formal advice to the Government on how the UK’s emissions targets should be adjusted to align with its commitments under the Paris Agreement. Experts claim that a net-zero target is needed to keep the world in line with the Paris Agreement’s goal of a global temperature limited to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

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Energy and Clean Growth minister Claire Perry today signalled the need for ambitious climate policies from government in order to help drive the decarbonisation of the economy. Speaking at an event in London to mark the upcoming 10th anniversary of the 2008 Climate Change Act, the minister covered a range of topics, including praise for the UK’s international leadership on phasing out coal power, the “huge” potential of hydrogen as a low carbon fuel, and the need to bring forward policy support as soon as possible to back technologies that can bring about deep emissions cuts by 2050. However, in comments that are likely to anger environmental campaigners she also doubled down on the government’s support for developing a shale gas industry in the UK.

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Posted: 22 June 2018

EDF

[Machine Translation] Nuclear: Hulot puts pressure on EDF. In an interview on Franceinfo, the Minister of the ecological and solidarity transition considered that the French group was in a “drift” because of its too much attachment to the nuclear power. While France is in the middle of a discussion on its energetic roadmap, Nicolas Hulot did not mince his words, Thursday on Franceinfo . “One of the reasons why EDF is in trouble is that, in particular, the nuclear industry, sorry to say , takes us into a drift,” said the Minister of ecological transition and solidarity. Mr. Hulot has been criticizing nuclear power in good standing. “It is clear that the cost of energy made with nuclear power is increasing because we have not necessarily provisioned a number of things, at the same time that the cost of renewable energy is falling” stressed the minister. EDF’s financial situation remains difficult: the group suffers from low electricity prices on the market, losing tens of thousands of customers a month and has suffered from the shutdowns of many nuclear plants in recent years. Contacted, the EDF group did not wish to react to the Minister’s statements.

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Posted: 22 June 2018

Companies

Siemens and General Electric, two rivals battling financial problems due to fewer orders for their flagship energy products and services, could each announce major restructuring moves in the coming weeks, according to media reports. Reuters on June 21, citing a person familiar with the matter, said Siemens plans to merge or trim some of its industrial units, which could include its power operations. Reuters said it was told the Munich, Germany-based company would reduce its core industrial divisions from five to three, effective October 1—the start of the company’s next fiscal year. It reported that sources said details of the company’s “Vision 2020+” plan would be known in August. Bloomberg earlier this month said the company was considering the sale of its gas turbines manufacturing unit.

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Posted: 22 June 2018

Europe

Brussels has not been “nuclear-positive” in recent years, but if Europe is serious about taking carbon out of its energy consumption, then nuclear energy needs to be part of the solution together with renewables, Orano chief executive Philippe Knoche said in an interview with Politico. Responding to a question about the EU’s Clean Energy Package of policies for 2020-2030 making no mention of nuclear, Mr Knoche said with the public consultation on the European Commission’s 2050 climate strategy proposal starting, there is an opportunity to say to the Commission: “2050 without nuclear, but carbon-free — how do you do that?” Mr Knoche said growth in nuclear will be seen in “Asia in particular” — India, China and the restarts in Japan. “We already have around a quarter of our activity there and our objective is to bring it to 30%, in line with the fact that the share of Asia in the global nuclear market will grow.”

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Posted: 22 June 2018

Taishan

Unit 1 of the Taishan nuclear power plant is expected to be connected to the grid next month and achieve full-power operation by September, according to China’s nuclear safety regulator. The unit, which achieved first criticality earlier this month, is expected to become the first EPR reactor to enter commercial operation, which it is scheduled to later this year.

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Posted: 22 June 2018