A FORMER Prime Minister of Japan is to visit Anglesey next week to campaign against the construction of the Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant. Naoto Kan was at the helm of his country’s Government at the time of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, the largest incident of its kind since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Mr Kan stepped down from office in the wake of the meltdown and has become a staunch anti-nuclear campaigner. Mr Kan will arrive in Wales from Paris next Wednesday, where he will visit the Senedd and meet in the Pierhead Building with National Assembly Members and other invited guests. He will then travel north to Anglesey on Thursday, where he will give a talk at the gates of Wylfa nuclear station at 8.45am to urge the public to oppose the development plant. Mr Kan will then head to the Anglesey Council offices in Llangefni at 11am to address councillors in private, before concluding his trip at 1pm, where he will hold a public meeting at Carreg Brân Hotel, Llanfairpwll.
North Wales Chronicle 19th Feb 2015 read more »
MOTORISTS endured further delays on the roads this week as Hinkley Point lorries carrying abnormal loads made their way slowly through Bridgwater. On Thursday a two-lorry convoy transporting massive earth-moving machines exited the M5 at J24 and travelled along Taunton Road and onto Broadway before heading for Cannington with a police escort clearing the way. Earlier this week another abnormal load left Hinkley Point and came through town on its way to the motorway.
Bridgwater Mercury 18th Feb 2015 read more »
UK regulators have confirmed that Sizewell A is completely fuel free. The decommissioning milestone marks the removal of 99% of the radioactive hazard from the former Magnox nuclear power station.
World Nuclear News 18th Feb 2015 read more »
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A ‘Dry Store’ is currently being constructed at Sizewell ‘B’ Power Station which is located on the Suffolk coast. This presentation (on 11th March) shall explain the purpose of this large building and why it is required together with details of its design and construction.
ICE 19th Feb 2015 read more »
NUCLEAR development company NuGen is relocating its head office to Manchester from London, a move that could create up to 150 jobs.NuGen, which is UK company owned by Japanese company Toshiba and Franch group GDF SUEZ, is developing Europe’s largest new nuclear project in West Cumbria.It says its move to the North West is part of optimising its working processes as it prepares a positive business case for its Moorside project, set to deliver up to 7% of the UK’s future electricity needs.
Business Desk 20th Feb 2015 read more »
RWM acting Siting Director Professor Cherry Tweed outlines the activity currently taking place in the National Geological Screening (NGS) Exercise. Professor Cherry Tweed says: “2015 is now well-started, and the National Geological Screening team has been on the road presenting to, and engaging with, a wide range of both specialist and non-specialist stakeholder audiences.
Cumbria Trust 20th Feb 2015 read more »
NDA 19th Feb 2015 read more »
Finland’s Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) has approved the safety case developed by Posiva, the developer of the country’s geological disposal facility. The regulator has accepted Posiva’s plans for safe disposal of waste. This is an important step on the way to construction of the facility. Now the proposal will proceed on the approvals process for a construction licence. RWM’s Acting Siting Director, Professor Cherry Tweed, said: “Geological disposal is recognised internationally as the best available option for safe disposal of higher activity radioactive waste. We are pleased to see Finland has achieved this further milestone on the route to a fully operational geological disposal facility.”
NDA 19th Feb 2015 read more »
Nuclear power plants increasingly face a new enemy: the humble jellyfish. These aquatic animals—and algae and other plants—get caught in and block the cooling water intake pipes of nuclear power plants, preventing nuclear reactors from getting the huge amount of water they need every day to cool their reactor cores and associated equipment. Usually, screens prevent aquatic life and similar debris from being drawn into the power plants’ cooling system. But when sufficiently large volumes of jellyfish or other aquatic life are pulled in, they block the screens, reducing the volume of water coming in and forcing the reactor to shut down. Jellyfish and algae have assaulted on nuclear power plants in the United States, Canada, Scotland, Sweden, Japan, and France. In Scotland alone, two reactors at the country’s Torness power station had to shut down in a single week when the seawater they used as a coolant was inundated with jellyfish. (Because of their tremendous need for cool water, nuclear power plants are often located next to oceans and other naturally occurring large bodies of water.) Each shutdown can be costly. When Torness nuclear power station in Scotland had to shut down in 2011 due to an influx of jellyfish, its parent energy company lost about £1 million (approximately $1.5 million) each day that the plant was not generating energy. The situation has gotten so bad that the UK government created a £383,000 (more than $592,000) grant to research preventive measures.
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists 19th Feb 2015 read more »
The Belgian nuclear regulator Federal Agency for Nuclear Control director-general Jan Bens has urged nuclear regulators worldwide for immediate and thorough validation of nuclear power plants following detection of thousands of additional cracks in critical components of two nuclear reactors in Belgium. The cracks were identified upon further inspection in the steel nuclear reactor pressure vessels in nuclear reactors Doel 3 and Tihange 2 in Belgium. Failure of the vessels, which contain highly radioactive nuclear fuel cores, could cause catastrophic nuclear accidents.
Energy Business Review 20th Feb 2015 read more »
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate in the development of a skilled workforce for the UK’s nuclear power industry has been signed between the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) and the Nuclear Institute.
World Nuclear News 19th Feb 2015 read more »
YOUNG people in Hartlepool learned more about a career in the nuclear sector at a special event. More than 120 students were informed about the nuclear industry at the event hosted by Hartlepool College of Further Education and the National Skills Academy Nuclear.
Hartlepool Mail 19th Feb 2015 read more »
Can nuclear help avoid the worst effects of climate change? The International Energy Agency recently provided a roadmap for nuclear power, detailing how the technology could help keep global temperature increases within a 2-degree scenario. According to the IEA report between 2015 and 2050 total installed nuclear power capacity around the world would need to more than double from 396 gigawatts (GW) to 930 GW. To get there, the IEA says that the world will need to see an additional 20 GW of new nuclear capacity each year, a scenario that from today’s vantage point seems highly unlikely. The IEA admits as much, and says several key things must happen in order for the industry to ramp up in such a rapid fashion. A massive build out of nuclear power in China is where the nuclear industry’s best hopes reside, but it is unclear if even China can make up for the shrinking industry presence in the West, let alone meet the IEA’s ambitious scenario for 2050.
Oil Prices 19th Feb 2015 read more »
Centrica cut its dividend for the first time since it was created in 1997 as an “urgent” step to protect its credit rating as falling oil and gas prices led to a 35 per cent drop in annual profits. Outlining a steep cut in capital expenditure in Centrica’s exploration and production business, Iain Conn, chief executive, confirmed a “difficult decision” to reduce payouts to shareholders, including about 640,000 retail investors, by 30 per cent. The dividend cut, which Mr Conn said was needed to protect its credit rating, threatened Centrica’s status as one of the FTSE 100’s highest yielding stocks. It will mean investors receive 13.5p a share for 2014, down from 17p in 2013. “Shareholders, debtholders, employees – everyone in the company – is bearing a bit of the pain,” he said.
FT 19th Feb 2015 read more »
The US has accused Israel of selectively leaking information from the Iran nuclear talks to misrepresent its position in the negotiations. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that Israel was “cherry-picking” information and using it out of context. Six world powers want Iran to curb its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions. Negotiations with Iran are due to begin again on Friday.
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The fourth heavy water reactor at Khushab in Pakistan became functional in January 2015. The new heavy-water reactor would enhance the production of weapon-grade plutonium. Pakistan considers India as its prime adversary and it apprehends that it cannot match India in conventional warfare hence it is increasing its nuclear capability faster than India, and presently Pakistan possesses more nuclear warheads than India. Pakistan had uranium-based warheads hence now it is developing plutonium-based warheads also. The Khushab Nuclear Complex and Kahuta nuclear plants are not subject to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections. The plutonium programme of Pakistan is indigenous and developed by Pakistani scientists with Chinese assistance. Pakistanis stress that the nuclear weapons are not only against India, but if any power including USA tries to hit its strategic assets Pakistan would not hesitate in using nuclear warheads. The US is worried because of increasing anti-American sentiments in Pakistan especially in the Pakistani Armed Forces. In the past there were several assaults on strategic establishments, including nuclear facilities. The US authorities are also not fully aware about the locations of all Pakistani nuclear establishments, hence protecting them is also quite difficult.
Eurasia Review 19th Feb 2015 read more »
BAE Systems’ boss believes his company will still be commissioned to build a replacement fleet of Trident submarines for the Royal Navy even if a Labour-Scottish Nationalist Party coalition government is formed after the election. Speaking as the defence group reported a fall in annual sales and profits, Ian King said that the UK having an independent deterrent is vital to the country’s future prosperity and security.
Telegraph 19th Feb 2015 read more »
Householders facing £1.1 billion in subsidies to pay for converting a coal-fired power station to green energy risk being overcharged, according to the European Commission. RWE, the German utility, has had to delay plans to convert the Lynemouth power plant in Northumberland under a scheme that has been criticised by the National Audit Office. Once converted, the power station, capable of supplying a city the size of Leicester, would need 1.5 million tonnes of wood pellets a year, mainly from the United States and Canada. Customers will pay for the subsidies via levies on their energy bills. The commission believes that they might be overpaying and wants to make sure that the project is in line with European environmental objectives amid a growing backlash against the rapid expansion of biomass power.
Times 20th Feb 2015 read more »
The Women’s Institute and Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens have thrown their support behind new EU rules to cut energy waste from ovens and hobs, saying they will cut emissions and bills. Under the new regulation which comes into force on Friday, low quality domestic ovens, hobs and range hoods will be phased out by 2019 in changes that the European commission says will be “invisible,” but which the New Economics Foundation estimates will save the British public £1.1bn in energy bills over the next 15 years. By 2030, those savings from gas and electric appliances would increase to an average £174m per year, with an annual reduction in carbon emissions equal to more than a million barrels of oil being burned.
Guardian 19th Feb 2015 read more »
Oil firm BP says the world is still failing to do enough to tackle climate change, despite major policy announcements over the past year from the US, EU and China. The latest annual Energy Outlook shows how BP sees the world changing in terms of economic growth, energy use and emissions. While BP expects countries to meet current climate pledges, it does not think they will be enough to avoid dangerous climate change. Carbon Brief takes a look at how the media reported the Energy Outlook and how BP’s vision differs from a climate-friendly future.
Climate Brief 19th Feb 2015 read more »