Daily News Roundup

6 March 2015

Hinkley

The UK’s troubled Hinkley C nuclear power station faces a legal challenge from Germany’s biggest energy co-op, which claims that the subsidy package will distort energy markets across Europe and disadvantage renewable generators and vendors. German green power supply company Greenpeace Energy (GPE) will take legal action against the European Commission because it has approved State aid worth billions for the building of the UK’s new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant. According to GPE, the nuclear subsidy “threatens to distort …

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5 March 2015

Sellafield

Bosses at Sellafield have been given a week to explain why decommissioning costs at the plant have soared by £5 billion in a year. MP Margaret Hodge, who chairs the powerful House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, has aimed scatching criticism at those in charge of the nuclear clean up. She expressed her surprise that the cost decommissioning costs have soared to £53b. Mrs Hodge said: “Despite my Committee’s calls in February 2014 for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to make …

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4 March 2015

Hinkley & Offshore Wind

New figures show that the Anholt offshore wind farm in the Kattegat between Denmark and Sweden had an impressively high capacity factor of 50% last year. This is all the more impressive since, as Mike Parr, Director of energy consultancy PWR points out, 2014 was a year with unusually low wind speeds. In an average year the capacity factor would have been more like 75%. This means, writes Parr, that if just 10% of the Kattegat region …

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3 March 2015

Hinkley

Controversial plans to transport nuclear waste from Oldbury to Hinkley have been dropped. Magnox has also withdrawn plans to dissolve nuclear waste in acid and then filte it into the Bristol Channel. The revised strategy involves storing the spent fuel element debris in concrete boxes at Hinkley,

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2 March 2015

New Nuclear

The election of a Labour government in Scotland could see a new generation of nuclear power stations constructed north of the border, the party’s energy spokesman announced yesterday. Tom Greatrex, Labour’s shadow energy minister, said he believed nuclear power must remain part of the UK’s energy mix and that Scotland would have to either accept new stations or import nuclear-generated electricity from England. Scotland’s two nuclear plants, Torness and Hunterston, are scheduled to close in the next ten years. …

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1 March 2015

Faslane

Fresh alarms over nuclear dangers on the Clyde have been sounded after the Ministry of Defence revealed that the number of radiation safety incidents had leapt by more than 50 per cent in a year. There were 105 “nuclear safety events” officially recorded at the Faslane and Coulport submarine and bomb bases in 2013-14, compared to 68 in 2012-13. That’s by far the highest for at least the last six years. Most of the incidents last year – 99 – …

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28 February 2015

Dounreay

Dounreay bosses stay silent over turmoil claims. Management at Dounreay yesterday refused to comment on claims that the site is in turmoil and that morale among staff is at rock bottom. According to sources inside the plant some long serving employees “can’t remember it being so bad”. The workforce is concerned at the way the plant is being run while trade unions have submittede a letter of little or no confidence in the management and have been involved in talks …

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27 February 2015

Wylfa

The former prime minister of Japan has called for nuclear power plans to be “abandoned” during a two day visit to Wales. Naoto Kan was the country’s premier during the disaster at Fukushima in 2011 which was caused by a tsunami that hit Japan’s Pacific coast. But he has since become a staunch anti-nuclear campaigner and has delivered “stark” warnings over the UK’s commitment to nuclear energy. After meeting Assembly members in Cardiff this afternoon, Mr Kan will then head …

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26 February 2015

New Nuclear

As the UK’s nuclear dream fades, writes Chris Goodall, investors are turning to the possibilities of ‘Concentrating Solar Power’ in the Sahara connected to Europe by HVDC power lines. The cost would be much lower than nuclear or offshore wind, and provide reliable baseload capacity. With the UK government’s say so, Tunisian sunshine could soon be powering our grid. The AP1000 plants being built in the US states of Georgia and South Carolina now look as though they will …

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25 February 2015

Hinkley

A MAJOR conference on nuclear power and the proposal to build a new reactor at Hinkley Point takes place next month in London to coincide with the fourth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster in Japan. The event on Thursday, March 5, will be hosted by Green MEP Molly Scott Cato, whose South-West constituency is home to Hinkley, and Green MEPs Rebecca Harms, Claude Turmes and Michel Reimon. The event will present the initial findings of a new report which will …

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