Daily News Roundup

27 November 2014

Hinkley

Jonathon Porritt: A new report shows that the UK’s farms can easily generate as much power as the proposed Hinkley C nuclear plant, writes Jonathan Porritt. Not only would it all be renewable, but if could all be in place by 2020. Here he offers some friendly – but strictly confidential – advice for Energy Secretary Ed Davey. We’ve pretty much put all our low-carbon eggs into EDF’s all-encompassing nuclear basket – to the tune of £24 billion, or even …

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26 November 2014

Chapelcross – submarine waste

An MSP has warned a Scottish site could become a “nuclear graveyard” if it is chosen to store radioactive waste from redundant Royal Navy submarines. Chapelcross, near Annan, is one of five possible locations across the UK. South of Scotland Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume said he hoped people would get involved in consultation and reject any plans to use Chapelcross. The UK government has pledged that public opinion will be taken into account in deciding the …

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25 November 2014

Hinkley

The Scottish National Party has said the financial crisis surrounding the future of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant demonstrates yet again the folly of the UK government’s decision to spend huge amounts of public money to subsidise new nuclear power stations. The future of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset is facing a financial crisis as Areva, a shareholder in the project and the designer of the proposed reactors, has seen its shares plunge by almost a …

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24 November 2014

Hinkley

The future of the proposed new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset is under a cloud as Areva, a shareholder in the project and the designer of the proposed reactors, has seen its shares plunge by almost a quarter. Meanwhile, the CBI is today calling for the rUK Government to make a final decision on its guarantee/ subsidy for the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station as part of a package of measures to boost the UK economy. …

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23 November 2014

Hartlepool/Heysham

One of two nuclear power stations shut down after a crack was found in a boiler is safe to use again, regulators have said. Electricity firm EDF temporarily closed down two of its nuclear power stations, Heysham 1, in Lancashire, and Hartlepool, Teesside, in August. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) declared three of the four reactors safe but the fourth, at Heysham 1, requires further safety checks. Hartlepool can now resume operations. The problem was detected during a routine …

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22 November 2014

Dounreay

A fire at the Dounreay nuclear plant resulted in an “unauthorised” release of radioactivity, an investigation has found. Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL), the company responsible for decommissioning the site on the north coast of Scotland, said it had identified “unacceptable behaviours and practices” by staff. The fire broke out on October 7 in the prototype fast reactor sodium tank building, where sodium residues from the operation of the reactor are stored. The Dounreay on-site fire brigade extinguished the blaze …

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21 November 2014

Hinkley

Doug Parr: Given UK consumers are on the hook for an undiscounted£37billion of subsidy to this project, you’d think democratic principles would require that all developments were subject to full public scrutiny. But no; it’s all happening behind closed doors. A few new scraps of information have emerged that do suggest the project is far from going swimmingly. There are 3 main points. First, the reactor design, the European Pressurised water Reactor (EPR) isn’t very good. A nuclear engineer now …

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20 November 2014

Hinkley

The future of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset is under a cloud amid a financial crisis at Areva, a shareholder in the project and the designer of the proposed reactors. Shares in the French engineering business plunged by almost a quarter after Areva warned it must suspend future profit predictions because of problems centred on a similar power station project in Finland. Both that scheme at Olkiluoto and another at Flamanville in France are massively over-budget and …

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19 November 2014

Flamanville

French state-owned nuclear company EDF has delayed by a year construction of its flagship next generation plant in Flamanville, putting the blame squarely on the shoulders of supplier Areva. EDF said on Tuesday that problems with delivering a number of parts, such as the lid and internal structure of the reactor vessel, would delay the project start until 2017. The news came as Areva issued a profit warning. This is the latest in the long line of delays for the …

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18 November 2014

Hinkley

Saudi Arabia has made a late attempt to bankroll EDF Energy’s project to build Britain’s first nuclear reactor for a generation. Saudi Electric, the national utility company, has moved after the French company balked at the demands of its Chinese partners. EDF wants the state-backed China General Nuclear and China National Nuclear Corporation to take a 40 per cent stake in the £24.5 billion development at Hinkley Point, Somerset. However, CGN and CNNC are demanding that Chinese manufacturers are handed …

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