Daily News Roundup

14 February 2016

Radwaste

British scientists are designing a revolutionary cement that could withstand the impact of intense radiation for thousands of years. The project could prove vital in dealing with the challenges of Britain’s proposed expansion of its nuclear industry. “To work out how materials – in this case cement – are going to behave for tens of thousands of years is quite mind-boggling, but that is exactly what we are now doing,” said the project’s leader, Claire Corkhill of Sheffield University. She …

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13 February 2016

Hinkley

Sheffield Forgemasters will now have a chance to help with the building of Britain’s new nuclear power station, it has been announced. The steel firm will have the opportunity to be part of the supply chain for the Hinkley Point C power station in Somerset following a political row about the use of foreign firms. French and Japanese companies have been signed up to carry out the ultra-large forging work on the plant, leading to criticism of the lack of …

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12 February 2016

Hinkley

Firms working on the £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant have admitted their finances have taken a hit due to the project’s delays. Consultant Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) had a contract on Hinkley Point C as a subconsultant and its chairman Ann Bentley has told Building the contract was cancelled when EDF paused work on the site as a final investment decision had still not been made. She added that the contract termination put a dent in RLB’s profit. …

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11 February 2016

Hinkley

Ministers appear to have left the door open for a re-tendering of big steel contracts for the £18 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. Under questioning from MPs on the business select committee, and as the row deepens over the bidding process run by the French energy company EDF, Sajid Javid denied claims that Sheffield Forgemasters had not been given the opportunity to tender for some of the largest, highest-value steelwork for Britain’s first new nuclear plant in more …

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10 February 2016

EPRs

[Machine Translation] The headlong rush of EDF and the state continues on the nuclear issue. Today, a convoy from AREVA’s Chalon-sur-Saône to deliver the head of the vessel of the nuclear plant “new generation” (obsolete before they emerged) Flamanville: the famous EPR. We are on the ground to alert the authorities about this new masquerade. Because this cover is not consistent: in April, the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) announced the detection of an anomaly in the composition of the steel …

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9 February 2016

Hinkley

This could be the week that EDF’s new nuclear ambition in Britain collapses, and with it, the climate-killing policies of our government. And this could be the week that YOU help make this happen! On Tuesday Feb 16 in France, EDF’s board will meet and try to make their postponed ‘final decision’ about whether to go any further with the ill-fated Hinkley C new nuclear plant. The Board of the state-owned company is split, with union reps warning that the …

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8 February 2016

Bradwell

RADIOACTIVE waste from other nuclear power stations has moved a step closer to being stored at Bradwell. Magnox, the company running Bradwell power station, asked Essex County Council whether it needed to draw up a full environmental impact assessment on plans to import nuclear waste from other power stations. Now the council has decided the application is not “significant” enough to require a formal assessment. The decision said: “The formal decision of this Authority is that the effects of the …

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7 February 2016

Plutonium Transports

Two top secret British ‘ghost ships’ carrying enough plutonium for a huge nuclear arsenal wend their way through the world’s oceans –guarded against terrorists by 50 commandos. It may sound like a tantalising target for a villain in a James Bond film, but what is potentially the most dangerous secret mission in history is deadly reality. Two vast container ships – the Pacific Heron and the Pacific Egret – left Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, last month on the first leg of …

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6 February 2016

Hinkley

Sheffield Forgemasters and the Government have called a truce in a war of words over contracts going to British companies. The Brightside steelmaker and the department for Business, Innovation and Skills have issued a joint statement that agrees ‘Forgemasters cannot produce ‘ultra-large’ forgings. But it can produce 80 per cent of forgings for projects like the planned nuclear power station Hinkley Point C. The unusual move comes after the firm said it had been ‘snubbed’ in favour of foreign firms …

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5 February 2016

Hinkley

The UK government’s energy strategy is experiencing what the man who made Manchester United the dominant force in European football – kids, ask your parents – once called “squeaky bum time”. Injury time has been extended again and again, but the point at which the whistle blows and EDF will be finally forced to make a decision on whether to build the Hinkley Point C nuclear project is looming. The future of the shaky edifice that is the UK’s current …

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