As the Government publish their final criteria for the Strategic Siting Assessment (SSA) for new nuclear power plants today, the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) have published an expert paper by Professor Andrew Blowers OBE on this process. Professor Blowers claims that power, profit and pragmatism are dictating the siting criteria and a return to the ‘decide-announce-defend’ approach to decision-making.
TCPA Press Release 27th Jan 2009 more >>
Government agencies have asked private equity firms to help with decommissioning the UK’s old nuclear power stations, it emerged yesterday. The UK Atomic Energy Authority has held exploratory talks with the controversial sector, while the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) used a conference in London yesterday to call for “innovative” ways of raising money. Its chief inspector said private equity might be one solution. The moves come amid widespread concern that a shortage of public money and the soaring cost of dismantling sites could delay vital safety projects and push up costs.
Guardian 27th Jan 2009 more >>
Siemens says it will intensively seek a nuclear partner over coming months.
Interactive Investor 27th Jan 2009 more >>
Siemens AG will exit the nuclear venture Areva NP and plans to sell its 34-percent stake to majority holder Areva S.A. it said late on Monday, ahead of its annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday. Siemens and Atomenergoprom, which manages Russia’s civilian nuclear industry assets, declined to comment earlier in the day and Siemens also made no reference to such plans in its statement late on Monday.
Reuters 26th Jan 2009 more >>
Unlike his predecessors, who championed forging closer industrial links with Germany, Mr Sarkozy seems to have long concluded the best way forward was for France to go it alone – especially in defence and nuclear energy. Now it is the turn of Siemens to pull out of two decades of strenuous but ultimately unsatisfactory efforts to cooperate with the French nuclear industry. The German group has decided to sell its 34 per cent stake in the joint engineering venture it had established with Areva, the French state-owned nuclear group. In so doing, it has cleared the way for Mr Sarkozy’s longcherished plan to bring closer together Areva and Alstom, the French heavy engineering conglomerate he helped rescue a few years ago, to create a dominant nuclear energy group.
FT 27th Jan 2009 more >>
Iberdrola and SSE have teamed up to build an undisclosed number of new nuclear reactors.
Contract Journal 26th Jan 2009 more >>
In recent weeks all the big six utilities have formed consortiums as they prepare to build what would be the world’s first new generation of nuclear reactors, outside France, in decades. The industry’s interest has been spurred largely by a concerted government effort to remove many of the obstacles that had for so long held back development here. “We are not about subsidising new nuclear, but we are about breaking down the barriers,” said Miliband, referring to the recently passed energy and planning bills. “When you see the companies that are coming forward, there is a pretty clear enthusiasm that new nukes make economic sense for them.”
Sunday Times 25th Jan 2009 more >>
Wylfa named as potential nuclear site.
ITV Local 26th Jan 2009 more >>
PRIME minister Gordon Brown has backed Anglesey to get a new nuclear power station – moving the island a step closer to a 10,000 jobs boom. Development of a replacement “Wylfa B” would bring 1,000 permanent skilled jobs and 9,000 jobs would be created during the construction of the new plant.
Daily Post 24th Jan 2009 more >>
ONE of 1,000 nuclear test veterans at the centre of an ongoing High Court bid for compensation has told of the full horror of the explosions they witnessed.
Lynn News 27th Jan 2009 more >>
Obama ordered the environmental protection agency (EPA) to reconsider its refusal to allow California and more than a dozen other states to impose stricter controls on emissions from new cars and trucks. He followed up by raising fuel efficiency standards on all cars and light trucks rolling off the assembly line from 2011 onwards.
Guardian 27th Jan 2009 more >>
Independent 27th Jan 2009 more >>