Daily News Roundup

5 September 2015

Hinkley

EDF has indefinitely postponed its Hinkley C nuclear plant in Somerset, England, as a new IEA analysis shows that its power will cost UK energy users three times more than it should, writes Oliver Tickell. A similar reactor in France is running six years late and three times over budget – and may never be completed.

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4 September 2015

Hinkley/Flamanville

French energy giant EDF has admitted that the construction of Britain’s first new nuclear power plant in decades has been delayed, despite yesterday it being claimed no delays were going to happen. EDF has been struggling to finance the plant but hoped to announce Chinese funding when China’s Premier Xi Jinping comes to London next month. Fears have been building about a possible delay to the plant after China’s markets crashed last month. The news on Hinkley Point comes as …

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3 September 2015

Moorside

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom visited Cumbria today to holds talks about nuclear new build at Sellafield. She met representatives of businesses and the education and training sector in Carlisle, at a meeting organised by MP John Stevenson to address concerns around skills shortages. Then she went to Sellafield and was due to visit Moorside on Thursday where NuGen is planning to build a nuclear power plant. If the £10bn project goes ahead, it will be the largest private sector investment …

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2 September 2015

Hinkley

Allan Jeffery: As the Hinkley Point C construction site has been mothballed, and put into a state of care and maintenance, until a final investment decision is made, is this the beginning of the end for this disastrous project? Whether this Hinkley project goes ahead, or not, is not in the hands of local MP, Ian Liddle Grainger, nor local Somerset councillors or even the British and French governments. The deciding factor will be if anybody is crazy enough to …

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1 September 2015

Hinkley

The Government is putting the commercial interests of a French energy giant over the British taxpayer in a “disgraceful” decision not to release documents on the UK’s first new nuclear power station in 25 years, according to a veteran anti-nuclear campaigner. Dr David Lowry, an independent consultant and member of Nuclear Waste Advisory Associates, has asked the Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc) to release documents related to the proposed construction by the French company EDF of Hinkley Point …

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31 August 2015

Hinkley

Letter Keith Parker: In response to Tom Bawden’s article on Hinkley Point (28 August) I would like to clarify a few points. There is an urgent need to build new energy infrastructure in the UK. Around half of existing capacity will close by 2030, and this needs to be replaced by low-carbon generation if we are to meet our carbon reduction targets. Our energy system needs new nuclear power to help manage a system with an increasing amount of intermittent …

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30 August 2015

Hinkley

Private Eye: In summer 2013 government spin doctors said a deal with the French to build two new nuclear power plants in the UK was in the bag (EYE 1351). It wasn’t. Now the spinners are in action again. This time they are hinting that during the state visit in October of China’s president Xi Jinping, he will commit Chinese money to rescue the endlessly delayed nuclear projects. With his country’s dire record on industrial health and safety , Xi …

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29 August 2015

ABWRs

Hitachi-GE has requested an adjustment to their schedule for Generic Design Assessment (GDA) of the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR). Their request to ONR will allow them to spend longer on Step 3 of GDA, now expected at the end of October 2015, and have a slightly shorter Step 4. Neither Hitachi-GE nor the regulators expect any change to the achievement of a Design Acceptance Confirmation, scheduled for December 2017, and a revised programme of submissions has been agreed …

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28 August 2015

Hinkley

A deal for the £24.5bn power plant in Somerset could be signed in October after the Government agreed terms with the energy giant EDF. But, writes Tom Bawden, environmentalists are far from alone in opposing an ‘expensive mistake’. After years of wrangling, the Government and EDF – the energy giant that will operate Hinkley Point C and own around half of it – have agreed a deal that would guarantee EDF a price of £92.50 per megawatt hour of the …

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27 August 2015

Hinkley

Further delays to the £24.5bn project to build Hinkley Point C have been predicted this week amid the continuing financial turmoil in China. As recently as three weeks ago the media was predicting that David Cameron and China’s president, Xi Jinping, would sign a deal at a meeting in the UK in October which would signify that a Final Investment Decision on Hinkley Point C had been made. The Chinese are expected to fund two thirds of the scheme. The …

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