Spanish energy giant Iberdrola, which owns Scottish Power, is poised to enter the UK’s rapidly expanding nuclear market. It is likely that Iberdrola will negotiate with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) for potential sites. A decision on how it intends to become a major nuclear player in the UK will be made ‘in weeks’. Iberdrola owns six nuclear plants in Spain and has its own nuclear building company, Iberinco. It uses reactors made by the specialist technology firm Westinghouse.
Financial Mail 18th Jan 2009 more >>
Paul Golby: We need to find new and innovative ways of producing energy if we are going to ensure the UK has a sustainable mix of energy resources. For the economy, there are a number of opportunities, and we need to develop the right policies to put Britain in the best position to attract green collar jobs and services. As the head of E.ON in the UK, I need to provide customers with an affordable, reliable and low-carbon supply of electricity but also to look at alternative sources of low-carbon sustainable energy.
Telegraph 19th Jan 2009 more >>
The United Arab Emirates has signed a nuclear energy co-operation agreement with the US, putting it on the path to become the first Arab state to develop nuclear power. Despite international concern over Iran’s controversial nuclear power programme and uranium enrichment, many Arab states – particularly in the hydrocarbon-rich Gulf – have expressed a desire to develop nuclear power for civilian purposes.
FT 19th Jan 2009 more >>
North Korea might have continued to engage in uranium enrichment activities in spite of its pledge to give up all nuclear weapons programmes, according to the outgoing US national security adviser. Stephen Hadley urged tough questions over highly enriched uranium (HEU), while encouraging Barack Obama, the president-elect, to keep faith with the six-party framework to deal with North Korea.
FT 19th Jan 2009 more >>
Argentina and Brazil, were scheduled to address the creation of a bi-national nuclear energy agency, when the countries two presidents met in Brazil. The agency could become one of the worlds leading providers of enriched uranium, which is one of the objectives of the Brazilian government. Nuclear power could be provided to Venezuela, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Bolivia if the plans go through.
Farming UK 19th Jan 2009 more >>
No major political party sees advantage in raising the nuclear issue. Two years ago, Gordon Brown followed Tony Blair in insouciantly pledging to create a new-generation deterrent, largely to confirm the government’s electoral credentials as being “safe with defence”. A quarter of the parliamentary Labour party voted against the measure in 2007. This suited the leadership very well, by highlighting its separation from the left. The Tories are most unlikely to make waves about Trident ahead of an election, because they see no votes in it. If David Cameron committed himself to dumping the deterrent, he would merely provoke a gratuitous and possibly fatal party split. So Britain’s Trident submarines will continue to sail the seas. Design work goes ahead on a new system, for which the big building decisions are due around 2013.
Guardian 19th Jan 2009 more >>