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New Nuclear

During the Energy UK Annual Conference in London, French energy firm EDF Energy’s chief executive Simone Rossi confirmed the progress on Hinkley Point C is “on track”, and claims the planned Sizewell C site could get underway by 2022. There has been significant progress on Hinkley Point C, according to the chief executive of EDF Energy, while Sizewell C is looking promising. Simone Rossi, whose company is leading the construction on the nuclear plants, says Hinkley Point C, based in Somerset, England, has a stable design and the facility is 20% of the way to being completed. This progress has provided a solid foundation for the work on Sizewell C, also based in England, in the Suffolk Coast, construction on which Mr Rossi says could start in 2022. Speaking at the Energy UK Annual Conference in London, he said: “I’m happy to say that our work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant is very much on track.

Compelo 16th Oct 2018 read more »

Posted: 18 October 2018

Dounreay

Around 1,100 Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) staff taking apart the former research site have been told about a series of future commitments including the offer of a job with one of the companies behind the site’s parent body organisation Cavendish Dounreay Partnership. Cavendish Dounreay Partnership is a consortium made up of Cavendish Nuclear, Jacobs and AECOM. Together they employ more than 220,000 with locations around the world including Caithness. Jamie Stone, Member of Parliament for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, said: “The Dounreay workforce has developed skills that are second to none and we should be proud of the work that they are doing to decommission the site. It is difficult to know that you are ultimately working your way out of a job and so I welcome early consideration of how these skills can be put to the best possible use in the future. The commitment from Cavendish Dounreay Partnership to offer jobs is good news for the workforce and I will be working with them to ensure as many of those roles as possible are based within this community.”

Dounreay 16th Oct 2018 read more »

Posted: 18 October 2018

Wylfa

County councillors say they want to steer clear of any talks about pylons to North Wales’ new nuclear power plant. Members of Denbighshire council ’s planning committee were asked by the Planning Inspectorate if they would respond to a consultation on plans for pylons to connect the proposed Wylfa Newydd station on Anglesey to the national grid. But at a meeting of the committee today members voted unanimously not to respond to the consultation. The proposed pylons would be built in Pentir near Bangor, as Denbighshire shares a border with Gwynedd the council was asked to take part in the consultation.

Daily Post 17th Oct 2018 read more »

Posted: 18 October 2018

Energy Costs

The government’s energy price cap is in danger of making bills more expensive after companies increased the prices of their cheapest deals by 21 per cent in five months. Analysis of the 30 best annual dual-fuel tariffs on the market found that they were on average £178 more expensive than at the same time in May, rising from £864 to £1,042. The comparison site Moneysupermarket said that many companies were likely to be getting as close as they could to £1,136, which is the level of the first mandatory energy price cap, due to be introduced in December. “The wholesale market [where gas and electricity prices have increased] is one big driver of this trend, but the energy price cap is another factor,” Stephen Murray, energy expert at the site, said. Mark Gutteridge, managing director of Flipper, an energy autoswitching service, said: “The problem is that energy suppliers have clearly taken the cap as a target rather than a limit.”

Times 18th Oct 2018 read more »

Posted: 18 October 2018

Energy Policy

Britain’s largest power generators have called on Chancellor Philip Hammond to resist watering down the carbon taxes which have helped wean the country off coal. In a letter, seen by the Daily Telegraph, the bosses behind energy giant SSE, wind power developer Orsted and coal-generator Drax said the existing carbon price is “crucial” to the industry’s post-Brexit confidence. The energy trio, with a combined market valuation of over £33bn, wrote to the Chancellor amid growing fears that the Treasury may sacrifice the carbon tax in favour of hiking levies on businesses. The letter said the carbon tax “will be the cornerstone of delivering the ambition set out in the Government’s clean growth strategy, while providing billions of pounds in revenue to HM Treasury.”

Telegraph 17th Oct 2018 read more »

Since 1990, Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 41pc. The rate of this carbon collapse is the quickest of any G7 nation, and a solid start to achieving an 80pc dent by 2050 in line with the Climate Change Act. It is ten years since Government legislated the target, but in the wake of a landmark UN report calling for even greater climate action ministers are preparing to up the ante. Earlier this week energy and clean growth minister Claire Perry called on the official climate watchdog to plot a path towards a “net-zero carbon” future. “Our record of clean growth is a true British success story and we are proving that with strong leadership we can power past coal to a cleaner, greener Britain,” she said. The task ahead will require a deeper, more fundamental shift for the British economy than rolling out renewable energy projects. Interlocking sections of society from transport, agriculture and industry will need to work together to create a cleaner way to drive British growth within the global economy. Britain’s most polluting economic sectors are all firmly under the microscope. A fresh report from Aurora Energy estimates that the number of electric vehicles in the UK is set to accelerate from 140,000 in 2018 to 17 million by 2040. This would reduce the emissions from cars by around 90pc, and kickstart a new area of growth for car manufacturers, energy suppliers and major oil companies too. But the fastest acceleration of the electric vehicle will be among commercial fleets of light vehicles where companies are already turning their white vans green to save money. The backing of large companies will also likely to spur the roll out of more. Over 80pc of UK homes are heated by gas, and heating accounts for around one third of UK carbon emissions. But CCS could also play a role in helping to cut the carbon from British heating too. CCS proponents argue that the UK could use the technology to break down methane gas, typically used in household central heating boilers, to produce low-carbon hydrogen. By removing the carbon element of the gas and trapping it, the leftover hydrogen could be used to heat homes and factories. Leeds City Council has already taken steps to convert the gas grid to run on hydrogen, rather than gas and similar plans are afoot to create a “hydrogen cluster” in Manchester and Liverpool. KPMG believes that converting UK homes to use hydrogen gas would be between £150bn to £200bn cheaper than rewiring British homes to use electric heating powered by lower-carbon sources by 2050.

Telegraph 17th Oct 2018 read more »

Posted: 18 October 2018

France

Energy policy scenarios are debated this Wednesday in the Council of Ministers. The government seems to be in favor of closing no other reactor than Fessenheim before 2029, as EDF recommends. It’s the last straight line. The government begins Wednesday in the Council of Ministers debate on energy policy until 2035. The Minister of Ecology, François de Rugy, will present the various scenarios studied by the government. A key moment that will lead to arbitrations at the end of the month. It is Emmanuel Macron himself who could announce the main orientations of this multiannual energy program (EPP) for the next ten years. The date of October 30 is mentioned, which does not confirm the Elysee.

BFM Business 17th Oct 2018 read more »

Posted: 18 October 2018

Spain

The mining group planning to open the only open-cast uranium mine in the European Union suffered a 40 per cent slump in its value yesterday amid reports that it had been denied permits. Only two days earlier Berkeley Energia, which is listed in Britain, Australia and Spain, had issued a positive update insisting that it was working closely with legal advisers to resolve two outstanding licensing issues for the mine near Salamanca, in Spain. However, Spanish media said that the country’s government had decided not to award it the two permits necessary to open the mine, despite having granted it preliminary approval in early 2013. It was awaiting a building licence and government authorisation to handle radioactive waste. “The government will wait for the ongoing proceedings to go through, but it will say ‘no’,” a government source told Reuters.

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Posted: 18 October 2018

Japan

A decommissioning plan for unit 2 of the Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan’s Ehime prefecture has been submitted to the country’s nuclear regulator by plant owner Shikoku Electric Power Company. Ikata 2 is a 538 MWe pressurised water reactor that began operating in March 1988. It was taken offline in January 2012 for periodic inspections. Shikoku announced in March this year that it did not plan to restart the reactor. It said the cost and scale of modifications required to upgrade the 40-year-old unit to meet the country’s revised safety standards made it uneconomical to restart it.

World Nuclear News 17th Oct 2018 read more »

Posted: 18 October 2018

Saudi Arabia

The state-run Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) said Thursday it has held a nuclear energy roadshow in Saudi Arabia to boost its chances of winning a nuclear project in the Middle Eastern nation. KEPCO said it has held nuclear energy forums, business meetings and exhibitions in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital, and Dammam on the Arabian Gulf on Wednesday and Thursday. During the event, senior officials from KEPCO and Korean construction companies promoted the APR1400, an advanced pressurized water nuclear reactor with a capacity of 1,400 megawatts designed with local technology. In July, KEPCO was shortlisted to bid for Saudi’s first nuclear project, along with rivals from the United States, France, Russia and China. The lucrative deal is the second chance for South Korea to tap into the Middle East market, following a US$20 billion contract with the UAE in 2009.

Yonhap News 18th Oct 2018 read more »

Posted: 18 October 2018

Germany

Three electricity and gas grid operators have unveiled a plan to build a 100MW wind power-to-gas pilot plant in Lower Saxony, northern Germany. The Tennet, Gasunie Deutschland and Thyssengas project would convert output from offshore wind projects in the North Sea to either hydrogen or methane. This ‘green gas’ could be used in other sectors that are difficult to decarbonise, such as transport and heating, or stored in grids, the partners suggested.

Wind Power Offshore 17th Oct 2018 read more »

Posted: 18 October 2018