Daily News Roundup

29 January 2015

Hinkley

The UK’s parliamentary watchdog has abandoned plans to scrutinise the Hinkley Point C nuclear project after predicting that a deal over state support would not be struck until after the general election in May. EDF, the French company behind the proposed £24bn twin-reactor scheme in Somerset, says it still hopes to finalise a deal by the end of March. Besides concluding negotiations with the Treasury over a financial guarantee to underwrite the project, EDF needs to finalise agreements with investors …

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28 January 2015

Radwaste

Seeking views of stakeholders who wish to contribute to the the second Triennial Review of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management. Consultation closes 10th March 2015. The government has announced the second Triennial Review of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) and is seeking the views of stakeholders who wish to contribute to the review. Triennial Reviews of non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) are part of the government’s commitment to ensuring that NDPBs continue to have regular independent challenge. The …

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27 January 2015

Radwaste

Today’s entry reports on the extension of the Planning Act 2008 to cover nuclear waste disposal. Earlier this month, the Infrastructure Planning (Radioactive Waste Geological Disposal Facilities) Order 2015 was laid before Parliament. This will extend the Planning Act 2008 regime to a 17th type of nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP). Although the existing 16 thresholds have had some changes, this is the first new type of infrastructure project to be added to the regime. This means extending the list …

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26 January 2015

Nuclear security

More than two decades of cooperation in guarding weapons-grade stockpiles comes to an end, leaving the world ‘a more dangerous place’. One of the greatest boons brought to the world by the end of the Cold War was the agreement been the US and the countries of the former Soviet Union to cooperate in securing the USSR’s vast nuclear arsenal. Under the 1991 Cooperative Threat Reduction agreement, better known as the Nunn-Lugar programme (after the two senators who persuaded …

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25 January 2015

Hinkley

Michael Meacher: Despite the government’s constant assertion that funding is impossibly tight and that any departure for a rigid status quo by the Labour party is unaffordable, there seems to be no limit to government subsidies gushing into the doomed nuclear project at Hinkley in Somerset. Last year the government offered the French energy company EDF the contract to build a third nuclear power station paid for by increases in electricity bills over 35 years and Treasury-backed loans. Now confidence …

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24 January 2015

Hinkley

Britain will have a “special share” in the French-led new Hinkley Point nuclear power plant consortium to safeguard national security, British energy officials told a parliamentary hearing this week. “The UK will have a special share in the consortium,” energy minister Ed Davey said on Wednesday when asked about safeguards for the project, which is led by French giant EDF and should include Chinese partners. The Chinese firms, CGN and CNNC, are expected to get a stake of between 30 …

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23 January 2015

Hinkley

Austria is to launch a legal challenge to the price deal for electricity generated by the planned Hinkley C nuclear power station meaning a final investment decision on the plant could be delayed by up to two years. Molly Scott Cato Green MEP for the South West welcomed news of the planned challenge.”Greens vowed to support any legal action so I welcome this announcement by the Austrian government. We simply cannot leave unchallenged the European Commission’s clear breach of its …

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23 January 2015

Hinkley

Austria is to launch a legal challenge to the price deal for electricity generated by the planned Hinkley C nuclear power station meaning a final investment decision on the plant could be delayed by up to two years. Molly Scott Cato Green MEP for the South West welcomed news of the planned challenge.”Greens vowed to support any legal action so I welcome this announcement by the Austrian government. We simply cannot leave unchallenged the European Commission’s clear breach of its …

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22 January 2015

Hinkley

Austria is to launch a legal challenge against the European Union’s (EU) decision to allow billions of pounds of subsidies for Hinkley Point C, casting fresh doubt over the UK’s first planned nuclear reactors in 20 years. In October, the EU approved the controversial £17.6bn subsidy deal for the power station, which is expected to provide 7% of the UK’s electricity by 2023. David Cameron had previously hailed the subsidy deal between the French state-owned EDF and the UK government …

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21 January 2015

Hunterston

One of Scotland’s nuclear reactors had to be unexpectedly shut down on Christmas Day because of a faulty valve, its operator has said. In a letter to stakeholders yesterday, EDF Energy disclosed that reactor number 4 at the Hunterston B nuclear power station in North Ayrshire was taken offline just after 11am on 25 December “after an issue with a pneumatic valve when its air supply line failed”. “We decided to shut down the unit so we could carry out …

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