Daily News Roundup

2 September 2014

Hinkley

Doubts have grown over the future of the next generation of nuclear reactors in Britain after the announcement of a nine-year delay in building the first one in Finland. Areva, the French group developing the new-generation European Pressurised Reactor facility at Olkiluoto in Finland, said that it would not be operational until 2018. The announcement sparked fury in Helsinki, which had hoped to be receiving electricity from the reactor in 2009. It may also cause jitters in Downing Street, after …

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1 September 2014

Olkiluoto

Finland’s Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor will be delayed until late 2018, construction consortium Areva-Siemens said, prompting a disgruntled statement from its client Teollisuuden Voima (TVO).Areva-Siemens said the construction of plants, which started in 2005, would not be completed before mid-2016, and that operations were not expected to start until late 2018.TVO, whose owners include Finnish paper companies UPM and Stora Enso as well as utility Fortum , last year estimated the start-up might be pushed back to 2016. It said …

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31 August 2014

Chinese Nuclear Investment

CHINA’S nuclear giants are poised to hire new advisers as talks over plans to build a Beijing-designed atomic reactor in Britain reach a critical stage. Last year the UK government struck a deal with France’s EDF and two Chinese developers, China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGNPC) and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), to underwrite a pair of reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset with decades in guaranteed subsidies. The £16bn project hinged on two conditions: approval from Brussels …

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30 August 2014

ONR

Following concerns raised earlier this year about the direction currently being taken by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the announcement this week in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s E-Bulletin of 27th August that the Office for Nuclear Regulation has joined the newly convened ‘N-Group’raises major doubts about the Regulator’s independence from the industry it is tasked with policing. According to the E-Bulletin announcement, the N-Group sees the NDA joining together with other industry voices which include the National Nuclear Laboratory …

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29 August 2014

Hinkley

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has called on EDF Energy to give up its nuclear ambitions following a report from giant multinational investment bank, UBS, which declares that it is time to join the [solar] revolution”. UBS says large centralised power stations, like the proposed £16 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power station could be obsolete with 10 to 20 years. Large power stations will soon become extinct because they are too big and inflexible, and are “not relevant” for future …

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Large Power Stations will be Obsolete

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has called on EDF Energy to give up its nuclear ambitions following a report from giant multinational investment bank, UBS, which declares that it is “time to join the [solar] revolution”. (1)

UBS says large centralised power stations, like the proposed £16 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power station could be obsolete with 10 to 20 years. Large power stations will soon become extinct because they are too big and inflexible, and are “not relevant” for future …

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28 August 2014

Radwaste

A new process to find a site for an underground repository for high-level nuclear waste in Cumbria is lacking detail, it has been claimed. Elaine Woodburn, leader of Copeland council, has expressed concern about the White Paper published last month, saying the process is “a kick in the teeth” for the community. She feels the council’s views put forward after the previous failed search procedure were ignored. At Copeland council’s executive meeting, she said: “They seem to have come up …

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27 August 2014

New Nukes

On the face of it, the UK government’s obsession with nuclear power defies reason. It’s very expensive, inflexible, creates ‘existential’ threats and imposes enormous ‘long tail’ liabilities tens of thousands of years into the future. But there is a simple explanation: it’s all to maintain the UK’s status as a nuclear WMD state.

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26 August 2014

Nuclear Industry

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report provides an account of an industry in decline, writes Jonathon Porritt – with rising operating costs and an ever-shrinking share of world energy production, while the sector loses the race for investment and new generating capacity to fast growing renewable energy technologies. Every year, the World Nuclear Industry Status Report reminds me why those in the Green movement who think nuclear has a major role to play in securing a low-carbon world are …

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25 August 2014

Bradwell

Chinese nuclear power giants are reportedly zoning in on Bradwell as the site for a new atomic plant. The Sunday Times reports today that the area on the Dengie coast, currently home to the decommissioned Magnox nuclear power station, has been picked as a favourite. China General Nuclear Power Corporation and China National Nuclear Corporation agreed to help finance Britain’s first new atomic power plant, for nearly 20 years, about two years ago. Bosses shortlisted other sites in Lancashire, Hartlepool, …

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