Daily News Roundup

26 May 2016

Hinkley

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom told the panel, appearing after De Rivaz. “We never leave ourselves in a position where one particular project will make or break the system.” Hinkley will add about 10 pounds to a typical U.K. household’s annual bill by 2030, Leadsom said. Alternative plans to generate the same amount of power would probably be more expensive, she said, seeking to justify the cost of guaranteeing EDF a power price of 92.50 pounds per megawatt-hour for 35 years.

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25 May 2016

Hinkley

EDF cannot give a definitive time for when the French utility will make an investment decision regarding the Hinkley C nuclear project in Britain, EDF Energy CEO Vincent de Rivaz told British lawmakers on Tuesday. De Rivaz told members of parliament’s energy and climate change committee some of the company’s trade union members had suggested the project should be delayed by 2-3 years. The final decision would be taken once a consultation by the company’s central works council had taken …

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24 May 2016

Hinkley

Doug Parr: A lot has changed since Tony Blair signed the UK up for new nuclear almost exactly a decade ago. Back then we were talking about a start date of 2017 – with electricity produced for £24 per MW/hour of power. All of it now seems absurd. Instead the French state-owned utility building Hinkley faces two fundamental problems. First the nuclear design it wants to build (the European Pressurised Reactor) is a mess – it’s not yet been built …

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23 May 2016

New Nuclear

To directly compare Calder Hall to EDF’s project at Hinkley Point in Somerset would be unfair. For one thing, Calder Hall was tiny, generating less than a tenth of the electricity of the proposed £18 billion plant at Hinkley Point, nearly 300 miles to the south. For another, the engineers behind it had a secret motivation to work swiftly. As well as providing electricity to illuminate nearby Workington, Calder Hall helped to produce plutonium for Britain’s nuclear weapons programme …

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22 May 2016

Moorside

Three quarters of voters say Cumbria should not be home to a new nuclear power station. In our online poll, 73 per cent of voters said Cumbria should NOT be home to a nuclear power station.

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21 May 2016

Wylfa

A US-Japanese consortium has been created to build the £14bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant. Horizon Nuclear Power has today appointed Menter Newydd to help deliver the company’s lead nuclear new build project on Anglesey. Menter Newydd is a joint venture of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, US giant Bechtel Management Company and Japanese firm JGC Corporation (UK) and will be responsible for the construction of Wylfa Newydd, overseen by Horizon Nuclear Power. The Menter Newydd partners have been involved in the …

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20 May 2016

Hinkley

Energy and Climate Change Committee will take evidence on 24th May from EDF Energy and Department of Energy and Climate Change on the recent delays to the Hinkley Point C project. The session will explore a range of issues, including: the reasons for the most recent delays to the final investment decision; the impact on the building schedule and cost of the project; the Government’s contingency plans, should the Hinkley project be delayed further.

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19 May 2016

Hinkley

Electricite de France SA may lose its credibility as one of the world’s top nuclear-power developers if it fails to build two new reactors on England’s southwest coast, a U.K. energy minister said. EDF has delayed until September its final investment decision on Hinkley Point C, the world’s most expensive power station, marking a setback for a project that was originally due to be completed in 2017. The latest date for commissioning is 2025, at which point it may provide …

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18 May 2016

Hinkley

François Hollande has renewed his support for the controversial nuclear project planned by the French energy company EDF at Hinkley Point in Britain. “I am in favour that this project goes ahead,” the French president told Europe 1 radio on Tuesday. “It’s very important to understand that we need a high-performance, highly secure nuclear industry in France, and that we cannot let others take over terrain, including on exports, that has been French up to now,” he said.

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Stop Hinkley Campaign calls for a renewables Plan B for Hinkley

According to Nick Butler writing in the Financial Times on 14th May “the UK government is preparing a plan B, while continuing to claim that Hinkley will still go ahead. Mr Osborne wanted [N.B. past tense] Hinkley but he is the ultimate realist.” (1)

Former Conservative MP, Tim Yeo, described as the highest-profile pro-nuclear lobbyist, has also called for a Plan B – a nuclear Plan B – to make sure that other nuclear power plants planned after Hinkley Point receive the right …

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