Daily News Roundup

4 August 2015

Hinkley

Plans to build the first nuclear reactor in the UK in almost 30 years have faced fresh criticism, after banking giant HSBC reportedly raised concerns about the level of subsidy being offered to the project. The Mail on Sunday reported yesterday that the bank, which was previously reported to be acting as an advisor to the £16bn project, has warned the deal between the government and developer EDF is “becoming harder to justify”. “We see ample reason for the UK …

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3 August 2015

Dounreay

The control room for the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) has been placed into the care of two museums. The DFR is the most recognised feature of the experimental nuclear power site in Caithness because of its large sphere, also known as the Dome. National Museums Scotland and the Science Museum in London will share panels from the control room.

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2 August 2015

Hinkley

Plans for Britain’s first nuclear reactor in almost 30 years have come under sustained attack from politicians and City bankers. A report from a top bank this weekend warned that the cost of the £25billion Hinkley Point C plant was ‘becoming harder to justify’. HSBC concluded: ‘We see ample reason for the UK Government to delay or cancel the project.’ Key to the criticisms levelled by HSBC’s analysts is that the electricity produced by the reactor is likely to be …

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1 August 2015

Sellafield

The North’s most notorious nuclear site has been issued with an improvement notice after series of safety breaches. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) issued Sellafield, in Cumbria, with the notice after 13 safety breaches at the Magnox Reprocessing Plant at the site. Among the incidents were problems with a vessel which could have resulted in a ‘critical’ accident, failure to have alternative monitoring equipment following a power fault and failing to have substitute equipment on discharge stack alarms. Sellafield’s …

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31 July 2015

Better Active Today than Radioactive Tomorrow

As the Tories slash renewable energy subsidies, plans to provide 35% of UK electricity by 2028 plough on regardless starting with a £76bn subsidy for Hinkley. If the current proposals ever come to fruition we could be looking at another 7GW of Small Modular Reactors at other sites including possibly Hartlepool and Transfynydd and a Chinese reactor at Bradwell, and maybe even 3GW of plutonium burning reactors at Sellafield. Time to Act – Better Active Today than Radioactive Tomorrow. For …

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31 July 2015

Hinkley

Plans to build the first UK nuclear power station in over 20 years have taken a huge step forward with an announcement of which companies are set to be involved in the giant energy project. French firm EDF named a number of national and local Somerset companies or joint ventures as preferred bidders set to win contracts worth more than £1.3 billion to build Hinkley Point C. The firms include engineering giants Balfour Beatty, Doosan Babcock, Laing O’Rourke and Weir, …

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30 July 2015

Moorside

The Cumberland News reported yesterday in sycophantic mode on the “Fantastic” Feedback over Moorside Nuclear Power Station Plans. The article looks like it was pulled straight from NuGen PR Man (formerly Copeland Borough Council’s Lead Planning Officer) Fergus McMorrow’s press release and goes on to say: “Fergus McMorrow, NuGen’s planning lead in Cumbria, said: “We have had a fantastic response. The numbers of people through the doors, and those logging-on to use the online portal, has surpassed all our expectations. …

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29 July 2015

Sellafield

Hundreds of staff who carry out radiation checks at the nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria are on strike. The GMB union says nearly four hundred health physics monitors responsible for checking radiation levels on staff and equipment have walked in a long-running dispute over pay. Sellafield bosses say the site will continue to be managed safely and securely throughout the industrial action.

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28 July 2015

Heysham

A nuclear reactor has gone offline in an unplanned outage, its operator has confirmed. The 660-megawatt reactor at the Heysham 2 site, near Morecambe, Lancashire, was taken offline at 13:48 BST because of “operational requirements”, EDF Energy told the BBC. The reactor will be offline for the next seven days, the company added. The cause of the unplanned outage has not yet been established and an investigation is under way. Heysham is the only site in the UK to have …

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27 July 2015

Wylfa

Regulators are concerned about a safety report for a planned new reactor at Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant on Anglesey. Horizon Nuclear Power hopes the plant will start operating in the early 2020s and employ more than 1,000 people. But the reactor’s technology provider, Hitachi-GE, has been told to address a “serious regulatory shortfall”. The issue surrounds a lack of information over the use of Hitachi-GE’s UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) in the £8bn development. The Office for Nuclear Regulation …

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