NUCLEAR power will not provide an all-encompassing solution to the UK’s fuel crisis, say Teesside energy chiefs. That was the key conclusion of a lively debate on the future of British nuclear energy, hosted yesterday at Crathorne Hotel, near Yarm, by the president of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), David Orr. Despite backing government proposals to build the next generation of nuclear power stations – one of which may be Hartlepool – delegates said investment in energy-saving efficiencies, such as carbon capture and waste storage technologies, should be a crucial part of the strategy to tackle climate change.
Newcastle Evening Gazette 18th April 2008 more >>
THE North-East could become a major force in the nuclear power industry, the way it was for coal, the former head of British Nuclear Group believes. Lawrie Haynes yesterday put the case in favour of nuclear power at a debate in Yarm, near Stockton, organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). He said it was “inevitable” that nuclear power would become a major source of the UK’s energy and that the North-East could become a key hub.
Northern Echo 18th April 2008 more >>
ONE of the front runners to build a new nuclear power station in North Wales has been rapped over building standards at a new reactor it is constructing in France. French power giants EDF have visited Wylfa and declared an expression of interest in the nuclear sites owned by the National Decommissioning Agency.
Daily Post 18th April 2008 more >>
Nuclear power stations could be built at Devonprt Dockyard in the future, a union leader has claimed. The work could create hundreds of jobs in Plymouth, trade union leader Jack Dromey said on a visit to the city.
Mr Dromey said Des Browne, the Defence Secretary, had reassured him the future of the Naval Base was secure.
Plymouth Evening Herald 18th April 2008 more >>
A reactor at 20-year-old Torness Nuclear Power Station at Dunbar, due to be decommissioned in 2023, has been shut down for essential maintenance. Unit 1, one of two advanced gas-cooled reactors, was taken offline at 12.01am on Saturday but a spokeswoman for British Energy said this was planned work, brought forward to ensure that the plant continued to operate efficiently and to the highest safety standards.
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RWE AG’s plans to build a nuclear plant in Belene, Bulgaria, are being scrutinised by its supervisory board because of safety concerns, Die Welt reported. The newspaper, citing supervisory board sources, said municipal shareholders and worker representatives oppose the plans because Belene is located in an earthquake zone and because they believe the Russian technology that will be used is unsafe.
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