Nuclear giant Westinghouse has confirmed that it has selected Shaw Group and Laing O’Rourke as its partners for nuclear work in the UK. Westinghouse had shortlisted two groups to build its nuclear reactors in the UK, the Shaw venture and a rival Fluor bid. It emerged late last month that Westinghouse intended to work with Shaw, amid concerns that the move would mean work moving abroad. The rival Fluor bid – which included Costain, Sir Robert McAlpine and Hochtief – might have seen more components sourced in the UK, some claimed. Westinghouse has insited “up to 80%” of the components would be sourced from the UK.
Construction News 23rd Dec 2009 more >>
New Civil Engineer 23rd Dec 2009 more >>
It is all about CARBON, or to be more precise, making existing pollutors pay for the privelige of producing it. In simple terms, there is a market where carbon intensive industries buy the rights to pollute the environment. It operates like the stock market. At the moment the carbon price is too low to support major nuclear investment, and the forecast for carbon prices going forward is also low. This means that for the foreseeable future it will be cheaper to burn gas than it will be to allocate huge sums of capital for the construction of (business) risk laden nuclear plant which may not be able to compete in commercial terms with this carbon intensive energy source in the future.
The Nuke Guy 23rd dec 2000 more >>
Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Hunt today announced the appointment of Stephen Barrett and Robert Wright as members of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority.
Wired.gov 23rd Dec 2009 more >>
Bristol council leaders could oppose the building of new nuclear reactors in South Gloucestershire and Somerset. Cabinet member Dr John Wright said the proposed atomic plant next to the existing Oldbury nuclear site, near Thornbury, was only eight miles from the Bristol boundary yet no public consultation was taking place in the city. Some 20 years ago, people in Bristol were involved in the inquiry for Hinkley C in Somerset yet have not been consulted for the latest proposal for that site either.
Western Daily Press 23rd Dec 2009 more >>
Bristol Evening Post 23rd Dec 2009 more >>
Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd has presented estimates of how much radioactivity it expects to dispose of during the remainder of the site clean-up and closure programme. The forecast levels of discharge until 2025 continue the downward trend evident in recent years since the end of reactor operations and fuel reprocessing.
DSRL 22nd Dec 2009 more >>
A LEADING Scottish architecture firm has been commissioned to design the UK’s first National Nuclear Archive. Reiach and Hall, the award-winning Edinburgh practice, has been given the brief for the new £15 million complex in Wick, Caithness. The building will hold up to 30 million digital records, papers and photos chronicling the history of the UK’s civil nuclear industry since the 1940s.
Scotsman 24th Dec 2009 more >>
BBC 23rd Dec 2009 more >>
Letter: I AM writing on behalf of RWE npower and Horizon Nuclear Power to thank all those local residents and businesses who attended our recent public exhibitions and business drop-in events, which were held during November and December 2009. The purpose of the public exhibitions was to provide local people with an opportunity to view our most up-to-date proposals for a possible new nuclear power station at Wylfa, while the aim of the business drop-in sessions was to set out the potential range of commercial opportunities a new facility at Wylfa could bring for businesses in the area.
Daily Post 23rd Dec 2009 more >>
The Scottish government is coming under pressure to commit funds to upgrading old central heating boilers, similar to the scheme announced for England.
BBC 24th Dec 2009 more >>
The United Arab Emirates set up a body on Wednesday to run its burgeoning nuclear programme to produce electricity, which is expected to award the region’s largest-ever energy deals soon, state media reported.
Reuters 23rd Dec 2009 more >>
Spain’s Cabinet studied a bill on Wednesday that would allow nuclear power stations to keep running after the 2020s when their 40-year working lives are mostly due to expire.
Reuters 23rd Dec 2009 more >>
World Nuclear take on Copenhagen
The Copehagen COP 15 climate change conference ended without consensus and with much still to do. The Copenhagen Accord set a objective of a maximum 2 C increase in global temperatures, but did not set emissions reductions to enable this objective to be achieved. The accord was not adopted by all countries.
World Nuclear News 21st Dec 2009 more >>
Letter The view that without a nuclear deterrent we are nothing more than a province of Europe comes pretty close to the view, which he dismisses, that nuclear weapons enable us to be part of the big boys’ club. Within Europe, Germany and Italy would contest the view that they are mere provinces, and that their sovereignty is constrained by lack of nuclear weapons. Outside Europe, we should enquire how constrained other countries such as Japan and Brazil feel because of their lack of nuclear weapons.
FT 24th Dec 2009 more >>
Less than a year ago Mr Nyirenda’s life was revolutionised by a small solar panel not much bigger than a paperback novel. If it was left in the daylight for five hours or so it would provide enough power through two wires with crocodile clips at the end to light a small LED bulb, charge a mobile phone or two rechargeable batteries that came with the pack. Those batteries could be used in small radios often a rural African community’s only link to the outside world. Such a device would save his family a small fortune by saving what they were spending on kerosene (paraffin) for the rusty, old lamps used to light up his home. A litre of kerosene cost just over £1 and lasted, on average, a week. In Malawi, where only 4 per cent of the population are linked to the national grid, SolarAid is not only lighting up dark homes, but whole lives. SolarAid does not believe in handouts but encourages people to buy the unit, sometimes with the help a micro-loan. That is then paid back with the money saved. Each unit markets at 4,500 Malawian kwatcha (about £19).
Times 24th Dec 2009 more >>
NEARLY a quarter of Scotland’s electricity demand was met by green sources last year, according to figures published yesterday. The figure was hailed by environmental campaigners and by energy minister Jim Mather. They said Scotland is on course to hit or exceed its target of meeting 31 per cent of electricity demand from renewables by 2011.
Scotsman 24th Dec 2009 more >>