Wylfa

The UK government is putting together a revised funding plan in a last ditch attempt to revive the suspended Wylfa Newydd nuclear power project, on Anglesey, North Wales.

New Civil Engineer 31st Jan 2019 read more »

Posted: 31 January 2019

Radwaste

Report – The Global Crisis of Nuclear Waste, by Robert Alvarez, Hideyuki Ban, Miles Goldstick, Bernard Laponche, Pete Roche and Bertrand Thuillier. In this report commissionned by Greenpeace France, international independent experts produce an overview about the current status of nuclear waste across the world. Focusing on 7 major nuclearized countries (Belgium, France, Japan, Sweden, Finland, United Kingdom and United States), it shows that the multiple stages of the nuclear fuel cycle produce large volumes of radioactive wastes; and that no government has yet resolved how to safely manage these wastes. The conclusion of the report is clear: underground repository research has failed as a solution.

Greenpeace 30th Jan 2019 read more »

Nuclear waste: an expert report sounds the warning about saturation risks in France and around the world.

Greenpeace Press Release 30th Jan 2019 read more »

Nuclear waste is piling up around the world even as countries struggle to dispose of spent fuel that will remain highly toxic for many thousands of years, Greenpeace detailed in a report Wednesday. An analysis of waste storage facilities in seven countries with nuclear power revealed that several were near saturation, the anti-nuclear nongovernmental organization said. All these nations also confronted other problems that have yet to be fully contained: fire risk, venting of radioactive gases, environmental contamination, failure of containers, terrorist attacks and escalating costs. “More than 65 years after the start of the civil use of nuclear power, not a single country can claim that it has the solution to manage the most dangerous radioactive wastes,” Shaun Burnie, a nuclear expert at Greenpeace Germany and coordinator of the report, said in a statement.

Japan Times 31st Jan 2019 read more »

The National.ae 30th Jan 2019 read more »

Today (January 30th 2019) marks 6 years to the day since Cumbria County Council halted the search for a site to bury the nation’s nuclear waste in Cumbria. In a impassioned speech, Council Leader, and now Cumbria Trust Director, Eddie Martin refused to let the Managing Radioactive Waste (MRWS) search process continue, recognising the overwhelming level of local opposition and Cumbria’s unsuitable geology, amongst a number of other reasons. Copeland borough council’s strategic nuclear and energy board have already started to hold meetings behind closed doors to discuss joining the new process. As well as sidelining the county council, the new process also ignores public opinion. The first and only opportunity the public will have to stop the undemocratic process is after 20 years, during which time the area will be subjected to intrusive investigations and significant blight.

Cumbria Trust 30th Jan 2019 read more »

Posted: 31 January 2019

Nuclear Costs

Letter: Dr Robert Gross. Hot air in the economics of nuclear power. Jonathan Ford is wrong to add the cost of a brand new gas-fired power station to that of a wind farm in order to compare to the economics of nuclear. This misunderstands power system economics and how they change when wind or solar is added. It makes no sense to dedicate a new gas plant to a single wind farm. That’s like buying a Tesla then adding in a Bentley in case there’s a power cut. In an integrated power system markets operate a varied mix of power stations as efficiently as possible. A system with a high nuclear component may or may not be cheaper than a system with a lot of wind. It depends on the total power mix, fuel prices, interconnection and demand profile. Of course, renewable energy can add to system costs – but nothing like as much as Mr Ford suggests. Britain currently gets about 16 per cent of its electricity from wind and solar. The evidence shows we could double this, and “intermittency” would add about £10/MWh to the cost of wind. The government recently capped the strike price it will pay to new offshore wind farms at £52/MWh. So £62 per unit of power including intermittency, compared with £92 for Hinkley Point. At the moment wind is cheaper than nuclear, including system costs. Full stop. This doesn’t mean we won’t need new nuclear, or can meet carbon targets with renewables alone. But we need to acknowledge that renewable energy has gotten cheaper and move on. There’s plenty to do.

FT 31st Jan 2019 read more »

Since 2012, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD-NEA) has produced very useful reports on the cost of electricity generation with the aim of finding the most efficient and least expensive ways of decarbonising the energy system. The Paris-based organisation recently presented the conclusions of its latest report, The Costs of Decarbonisation – System Costs with High Shares of Nuclear and Renewables, which was published on 25 January. Philippe Costes, senior adviser at World Nuclear Association, here presents his review of the document.

World Nuclear News 30th Jan 2019 read more »

Posted: 31 January 2019

Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce has revealed plans to install a large section of electric fencing at its Derby site where it produces nuclear powerplants for Royal Navy submarines. The engineering giant has applied to Derby City Council to electrify more than 400 metres of existing security fencing at its Raynesway site. The move is part of a collection of measures the firm wants to implement to improve security at the 50-acre site.

Derby Telegraph 31st Jan 2019 read more »

Posted: 31 January 2019

Energy Policy

The UK’s draft National Energy and Climate Plan sets out our integrated climate and energy objectives, targets, policies and measures, covering the 5 dimensions of the Energy Union. Under the Clean Energy Package negotiated in 2018, EU Member States are required to produce a National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP). The NECP is the framework by which Member States are required to set out their integrated climate and energy objectives, targets, policies and measures, covering the 5 dimensions of the Energy Union for the period 2021 to 2030. This is the UK’s draft NECP that was submitted to the Commission in December 2018. A final NECP is due to be submitted to the Commission by 31 December 2019.

BEIS 29th Jan 2019 read more »

Posted: 31 January 2019

Europe

The power sector is playing a leading role in the decarbonisation of Europe, so it is critical to track the progress of the electricity transition as accurately and timely as possible. For the third year in a row, Sandbag and Agora Energiewende have joined forces to update on the European electricity sector transition. Key topics include renewables growth, conventional power generation, electricity consumption, and CO₂ emissions.

Agora 30th Jan 2019 read more »

Posted: 31 January 2019

Nuclear Security

Few tasks could be more important than keeping nuclear weapons and their essential ingredients out of terrorist hands. The world community has made substantial progress in improving security for such stocks since the early 1990s, including through the nuclear security summits in 2010-2016. Since the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, countries have continued to take measurable steps to improve nuclear security, from requiring protections against cyber attacks to launching programs to strengthen security culture in nuclear organizations. But momentum is slowing, raising serious doubts as to whether national leaders are fulfilling their commitment to continue to make nuclear security a priority. High-level political attention to nuclear security and overcoming obstacles has largely faded, international mechanisms for fostering nuclear security action and cooperation have not managed to fill the gap created by the absence of nuclear security summits, and political disputes continue to impede efforts to sustain or expand cooperation in crucial areas. At the same time, stockpiles of nuclear weapons and materials in unstable regions continue to grow and to shift in directions that increase risks. Terrorist threats and important nuclear security weaknesses exist that must be addressed. Additionally, rapidly evolving technologies such as cyber and drones could increase adversary threats to nuclear facilities and stocks in the years to come. If nuclear security improvements do not keep pace, the risk of nuclear terrorism is likely to grow.

Belfer Center 30th Jan 2019 read more »

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Posted: 31 January 2019

Uranium

Speaking with the Investing News Network at this year’s Vancouver Resource Investment Conference, financial analyst Jayant Bhandari made a case for avoiding uranium projects, saying that low demand and the rise of renewable energy mean the commodity’s future is grim. “Most uranium-mining projects do not make sense unless uranium prices go up by 100 or 200 percent,” said Bhandari.

Investing News 29th Jan 2019 read more »

Posted: 31 January 2019

Japan

A Japanese state-run nuclear fuel laboratory near Tokyo said Wednesday it detected a radiation leak in its plutonium handling facility, but no workers were exposed. The Japan Atomic Energy Agency said a radiation alarm went off after nine workers changed plastic covers on two canisters containing MOX, a mixture of plutonium and uranium, and removed them from a sealed compartment. JAEA said the workers, each wearing a mask, escaped radiation exposure after running into another room. No leak was detected outside the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Engineering Laboratories in Tokai village, Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo. The facility ended nuclear fuel production in 2001 and is being decommissioned. The cause of the leak is under investigation. The agency suggested possible damage to the plastic covers during the routine change.

Asahi 31st Jan 2019 read more »

Posted: 31 January 2019

Iran

Iran is carrying out its commitments under its nuclear deal with major powers, International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said in the text of a speech posted online by his agency on Wednesday.

Reuters 30th Jan 2019 read more »

Posted: 31 January 2019