The Government’s long-awaited Energy White Paper setting out plans for a new generation of nuclear power stations has been delayed for a third time after intervention by Gordon Brown, the Chancellor. Alistair Darling, the Trade and Industry Secretary, had intended to publish the document and an accompanying public consultation paper setting out the Government’s nuclear plans next Thursday. However, the White Paper has been delayed until at least the following week and may even be held up until Parliament resumes in June after the Whit recess. Although Mr Brown is on record as supporting a new nuclear programme, Whitehall insiders say the Treasury has had only limited input into the White Paper. All that may change after Tony Blair’s resignation announcement yesterday. The Chancellor is now said to be keen to lead the debate over Britain’s future energy policy given that it will be one of the key decisions to be taken under a Brown premie! rship. Industry sources also said that Mr Brown appeared to have been lobbied as part of a “turf war” between Mr Darling and the Environment Secretary, David Miliband, over how much more quickly the White Paper would push the UK down the zero-carbon route.
Independent 11th May 2007
Is this the third or the fourth time the Government’s Energy White Paper has been delayed? It’s hard to keep count, but the last “definitely, definitely” deadline of 17 May pencilled into the Department of Trade and Industry’s diary has again been rubbed out and a new date some time in the first week of June entered into the books. I’m not aware of him holding particularly strong views one way or the other on energy, other than that new nuclear build should not be allowed to cost the taxpayer a penny, but, since anything that comes out of the Energy White Paper will now be his policy, he’ll no doubt be reading the fine print with more than usual attention to detail. This is especially the case as he is said to be planning to absorb the bulk of the DTI into the Treasury when he becomes Prime Minister. Interestingly, Gordon Brown’s brother, Andrew Brown, is head of communications at EDF, the French state-controlled power company,! and as such is one of the chief lobbyists in favour of new nuclear build. For obvious reasons, Brown senior keeps his younger brother at arm’s length, but, as far as is known, he doesn’t share Old Labour’s loathing of all things nuclear. Indeed his commitment to Trident suggests he positively embraces it.
Independent 11th May 2007
Nuclear power producers offer some of the best value among global utility stocks, as they can profit from rising power demand amid global efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions, an ABN AMRO fund manager said on Friday.
Reuters 11th May 2007
It will take ten seconds to bring down the four iconic cooling towers that have dominated the Solway landscape for half a century. The explosion is set for 20th May.
Carlisle News and Star 12th May 2007
Cumberland News 11th May 2007
SHEFFIELD Forgemasters has signed the first part of a £60m 10-year deal to supply steel casks to contain nuclear waste produced in Germany. The deal is the largest and longest-running contract that Sheffield Forgemasters has entered into during its 200-year history. The initial £10m contract, signed with Gessellschaft für Nuklear-Service mbH (GNS), has seen Sheffield Forgemasters secure an initial production run of 24 forged steel casks to transport and store waste from reprocessed spent nuclear power station fuel elements.
Yorkshire Post 12th May 2007
Iran on Friday accused the United States of being the true violator of the Nonproliferation Treaty as a global conference ended without managing to bridge conflicting priorities on how to tighten the pact meant to prevent the spread of nuclear arms.
AP 11th May 2007
Hinkley & Hunterston
British Energy has been given permission from the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) to restart reactor 4 at Hinkley Point B. The company also expects to be granted permission to restart a second unit at Hinkley B and two units at Hunterston B, Ayrshire, over the next few weeks. The four had been shutdown for inspection, repair and safety work related to boiler tube cracking issues.
BBC 11th May 2007
The SNP and Green Party have reached agreement on a set of policies they will jointly pursue in the Scottish Parliament. Publishing a ‘co-operation agreement’ on Friday, the two parties put an emphasis on tackling climate change. They said they would work together to “build a nuclear-free Scotland” and would put legislation in place for binding annual cuts in carbon emissions. Both parties also agreed to “work to extend the responsibilities of the Scottish Parliament”.
e-Politix 11th May 2007
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Times 12th May 2007
FT 12th May 2007
Nuclear weapons convoy
It has come to light that in the early hours of Thursday 10th May a convoy carrying nuclear warheads secretly passed through the Stapleford and Chilwell area of Nottingham.
Indymedia 11th May 2007
Demolition work on a nuclear clean-up site in Cheshire has been brought to a halt because of roosting bats. Delays of up to four months are predicted at the former uranium enrichment facility at Capenhurst after a colony of pipistrelle bats was found.
BBC 11th May 2007
Pendle Today 11th May 2007
Earlier this year, King Abdullah II said Jordan would become a model in the peaceful development of nuclear energy. This means it joins other countries in the region which are studying the feasibility of building civilian nuclear reactors for power generation. Now, the Jordanian parliament has passed legislation clearing the way for the country to develop nuclear power.
Engineeer Live 11th May 2007
Letter from Dr Bruce Tofield: The call for a total transformation in the way energy is sold, by Steve Holliday, National Grid chief executive, was exciting to read about (“Help us sell less power, National Grid tells regulators”, May 8). There are massive energy savings to be made, almost certainly at far lower cost than that of generation. The expected closure of older coal- and nuclear-powered plants over the next several years could be the platform for a massive programme of demand reduction, enabled by a restructuring of the energy industry.
FT 11th May 2007
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