It has been a busy time lately. BANNG has attended a number of meetings and Prof. Andy Blowers has been involved as an expert in the Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) consultation process. And on top of that the weather has thrown a wobbly which has potential implications on the decisions for energy policies. There have been two important meetings. One concerned the Government’s consultation on reviewing the siting criteria for new nuclear power stations. For all of us concerned about the Government’s headlong rush towards more ridiculous nuclear development it is vital to respond to this consultation. Clearly the Government is attempting to extend the time period allocated for selecting potential new nuclear sites. The sites included in the previous consultation on the siting criteria in 2008 should have had power stations generating by 2025 and even Hinkley Point C (HPC) has only a remote chance of being up and running by then. BANNG also had an important strategic meeting with the Nuclear New Build departments of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the Environment Agency (EA). This event was co-chaired by BANNG’s Andy Blowers and the EA’s Simon Barlow. The meeting was attended by senior representatives from the EA and ONR and 6 from BANNG. Andy Blowers once again was also able to represent Colchester Borough Council.

PeterBanks Blog 17th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 18 March 2018


[Machine Translation] Flamanville EPR Nuclear Reactor: The Countdown to the Atomic Clock. “They are not ready. “Monday morning, at the end of a committee of health, safety and working conditions of the plant, trade unionists of the CGT are circumspect. EDF agents have just visited the future Local Crisis Center (CCL), one of the “post-Fukushima” equipment whose vocation is to ensure the management of crises. “They’re supposed to be up and running in two weeks, but we’re far from it …” After seven years of delay and a construction cost that has tripled to reach 10.5 billion euros, the commissioning of the EPR, this new generation nuclear reactor under construction in Flamanville, is scheduled for May 2019. The goal is to be able to load the fuel into the tank in December. But the context remains tense for this site which accumulated the setbacks: the problems recently discovered on the tank lid – which will have to be changed before 2024 when it is normally every 20 or 30 years – or on the secondary circuit welds leave an uncertainty about the authorization that could give – or not – the ASN, the “policeman” nuclear. Sébastien Lecornu, “second” of Nicolas Hulot and former president of the departmental council of the Eure, visiting the site of the EPR in early February, had said: “I trust EDF

Paris Normandie 17th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 18 March 2018


The UK’s nuclear regulator has identified five key areas of supply chain management where improvements are needed ahead of acceleration in both construction and manufacturing for the Hinkley Point C EPR project in Somerset, England. The Office for Nuclear Regulation has rated an overall inspection finding as ‘amber’. This means that some arrangements are below standard and the ONR is seeking improvements. The five key areas include issues such as improvement programmes, lessons learned, self-assessment and quality assurance. The ONR said the inspection of the supply chain for Hinkley Point C was instigated in the context of the records falsification issues that emerged in 2016 at Areva’s Le Creusot forge facility. The facility, now operated by Framatome, is a supplier of key components to the Hinkley Point C project. The falsification issues became apparent after the French nuclear safety regulator, ASN, confirmed that major technical and organisational shortcomings had occurred at the Le Creusot.

Nucnet 16th March 2018 read more »

Britain’s need for new gas-fired power generation will be reduced as long as Electricite de France SA delivers its Hinkley Point nuclear project on time. The U.K.’s first new atomic plant in more than a generation plus continued subsidies for offshore wind means the government can reduce the electricity supply it secures at an annual auction, according to a report by Aurora Energy research. This scenario could threaten plans by Drax Plc, SSE Plc, RWE AG and Eggborough Power Ltd. to build new gas stations. The government started its capacity market to ensure back-up electricity by making it attractive to build new generation units and keep existing stations open. So far, power prices at the auctions have been too low to encourage construction. Barclays Plc estimates that new gas-fired stations, known as CCGTs, will need payments of as high as 28 pounds ($39) a kilowatt. That’s three times higher than the price in the latest auction.

Bloomberg 15th March 2018 read more »

Redhall subsidiary Jordan Manufacturing has signed three contracts with Balfour Beatty for the supply of specialist manufactured metal products for the marine works at Hinkley Point C. However, having previously been named preferred bidder, the delay in reaching contract signing has delivered a knock to Redhall’s finances, the company has warned.

Construction Index 15th March 2018 read more »

A PLAN to use a 4×4 minibus on Exmoor to cut pollution and increase visitor numbers has been refused a £38,970 grant because there was no evidence that the Hinkley Point C development is negatively affecting tourism. West Somerset’s cabinet members received a report by Lisa Redston, Hinkley community and housing impact lead, at their meeting last Wednesday (March 7). And they agreed to back the Hinkley Planning Obligation’s Board’s (POB) decision not to fund Minehead community transport group ATWest’s Moor Rover service.

West Somerset Free Press 14th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 17 March 2018

Sizewell & Bradwell

Business leaders and politicians from the East of England have been given an insight into the potential boost to the region’s economy if proposals for new nuclear power stations in Suffolk and Essex go ahead.

East Anglian daily Times 15th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 17 March 2018


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.

Reuters 15th March 2018 read more »

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

New Civil Engineer 16th March 2018 read more »

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.

EDF Energy 13th March 2018 read more »

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.

Actu Environnement 14th March 2018 read more »

[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.

France Inter 13th March 2018 read more »

Science et Avenir 13th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 16 March 2018

Sizewell & Bradwell

Business leaders and politicians from the East of England have been given an insight into the potential boost to the region’s economy if proposals for new nuclear power stations in Suffolk and Essex go ahead. They were among the guests at a supply chain event in Westminster at which EDF Energy unveiled a report on the social and economic impact of the Hinkley Point C nuclear project in Somerset, on which it has already started work. The report shows that more than £465m-worth of contracts have been awarded in the South-West as a result of the development. In addition, a third of the jobs created are expected to be filled by local people and nearly 200 apprenticeships have already been created.

Ipswich Star 14th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 15 March 2018


The astronomical cost of the Finnish EPR imposed by Anne Lauvergeon. Following an agreement reached this weekend, the invoice related to the construction of the Finnish EPR imposed in 2003 by the former No.1 of Areva, Anne Lauvergeon, reached in the end 8 billion euros, much more than the amount initially predicted.

Capital 12th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 14 March 2018


France’s nuclear industry has ended its “Finnish nightmare” after paying €450 million in compensation for a decade-long delay in building a reactor of the type intended for Britain. Areva, the state-owned group that designed the new generation European pressurised reactors, announced that it had settled its dispute with TVO, the Finnish operator, which had ordered one in 2003. Finland’s EPR reactor — the same make as those earmarked for Hinkley Point in Somerset — was due to come on stream in 2009 but is still not operational. Areva, which has a 73 per cent stake in the project, and Germany’s Siemens, which has the remaining 27 per cent, said that they would pay TVO €450 million. TVO, which had demanded €2.6 billion in compensation, will drop its lawsuits and the Areva-led consortium, which blamed TVO for the fiasco, will in turn drop its €3.6 billion compensation claim.

Times 12th March 2018 read more »

World Nuclear News 12th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 13 March 2018