Daily News Roundup

4 December 2016

Capacity Market

Four years ago this week, the Government unveiled plans for a bold new dash for gas. New gas-fired power stations, then-energy secretary Ed Davey said, would be required to “provide crucial capacity to keep the lights on”. A new Gas Generation Strategy backed “significant investment” in up to 26 gigawatts (GW) of new plants by 2030. Since then, energy ministers have come and gone, support for solar and onshore wind has been scrapped and the drive for new nuclear …

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3 December 2016

Hinkley

EDF is facing questions over the health of its fleet of French nuclear plants after an investigation which has left the country with the lowest level of nuclear power for 10 years and the prospect of power cuts during a cold snap. Thirteen of EDF’s 58 atomic plants are offline, some due to planned maintenance, but most for safety checks ordered by the regulator over anomalies discovered in reactor parts. The outages have prompted warnings of potential planned power cuts …

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2 December 2016

Hinkley

Solar power is expected to be the cheapest form of energy (not just electricity) everywhere in the world by around 2030.Yet the UK Government and the French nuclear industry continue to struggle on with failed nuclear technology. The Stop Hinkley Campaign says it’s a real story of good versus evil for the pantomime season.

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Hinkley Point C: A Story of Good vs Evil for the Pantomime Season

Solar power is expected to be the cheapest form of energy (not just electricity) everywhere in the world by around 2030.Yet the UK Government and the French nuclear industry continue to struggle on with failed nuclear technology. The Stop Hinkley Campaign says it’s a real story of good versus evil for the pantomime season.

Good solar and renewable energy will triumph in the end. (oh yes it will!) All and sundry – from investment bankers to energy experts – keep telling

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1 December 2016

Bradwell

The Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG) has been opposing new nuclear development at Bradwell for the last 8 years, on the grounds that the low-lying site is totally unsuitable for such development and, now, also because of security issues, shared with others, about Chinese involvement in such sensitive UK infrastructure. Meanwhile the Government has welcomed the Chinese state-owned General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) investment into new nuclear build at Bradwell. Now it seems that Essex County Council (ECC), too, …

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30 November 2016

Hinkley

The French nuclear industry is in its “worst situation ever” because of a spate of plant closures in France and the complexities it faces with the UK’s Hinkley Point C power station, according to a former Électricité de France director. Gérard Magnin, who called Hinkley “very risky” when he resigned as a board member over the project in July, told the Guardian that with more than a dozen French reactors closed over safety checks and routine maintenance, circumstances for the …

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29 November 2016

GDA

UK regulators expect to complete the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process for Hitachi-GE’s UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) as scheduled, in December 2017, but doubt the GDA for the Westinghouse AP1000 will be done by March as previously stated. In its quarterly GDA report for May to October 2016 issued recently, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) also said it had met “a number of times” in the period with General Nuclear Systems as the potential GDA Requesting …

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28 November 2016

Hinkley

Directors at a management consultant advising the government on the Hinkley Point nuclear power project were paid by a related company working for EDF, The Times has learnt. Half of the board of directors at Leigh Fisher were remunerated by Jacobs, according to accounts for the consultant. Leigh Fisher worked as an adviser to the Department of Energy and Climate Change on a 35-year deal with EDF to build the £18 billion facility in Somerset, under which consumers will pay …

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27 November 2016

Radwaste

In a recent article we highlighted the move towards offshore geological disposal. The next search process for a UK GDF has extended the available offshore strip from 5 to 20km. We noted there that it is quite possible that an onshore GDF has simply become undeliverable anywhere in the UK. That article also suggested that given what we know about the unsuitability of Cumbria’s onshore geology, any future search process in Cumbria should be confined to the newly-extended 20km …

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26 November 2016

EDF

The group building Britain’s new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset has been raided by French competition authorities. Investigators acted against EDF amid allegations that it was exploiting its position as a former state monopoly to keep rivals out of the market in France. The move came a day after Greenpeace filed a lawsuit against EDF, alleging that the state-owned company was guilty of false accounting as it had deliberately underestimated the cost of its nuclear reactors. EDF …

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