Iberdrola SA and Union Fenosa SA are both eyeing nuclear construction plant contracts in the UK. Other European energy giants including British Energy, EDF, E.ON AG, RWE AG and Suez are also interested in the contracts, and there is a possibility of an alliance between British Energy and Iberdrola.
Interactive Investor 27th Sept 2007 more >>
IBERDROLA, owner of ScottishPower, is understood to be in talks with Livingston-based British Energy (BE) over a possible partnership to build new nuclear plants in Britain.
Edinburgh Evening News 26th Sept 2007 more >>
Reuters 26th Sept 2007 more >>
Sweden’s Vattenfall [VATN.UL], the largest utility in the Nordic countries, is considering building a nuclear power plant in Britain as utilities line up to expand in the country, Vattenfall’s Chief Executive said in an interview.
Reuters 26th Sept 2007 more >>
The consultations are almost complete but any new energy proframme still has lots of hurdles to clear, reports Roland Gribben. The tide of public opposition to a new nuclear power programme may be turning. That was one interpretation placed on the early results of polls conducted at nine public meetings attended by more than 1,000 people as part of the government consultation to test the extent of support for the rebirth of an energy technology that traditionally divides public opinion. Of the total audience, 46 per cent said they supported the continued use of nuclear power, with 25 per cent in the opposition camp, according to one analysis. Another showed that at the London event, for example, the numbers backing the nuclear option were lower at the end of the meeting than at the start.
The Business 27th Sept 2007 more >>
Devon councillors are set to register their opposition to nuclear power in a Government consultation on energy.But the council’s objections appear to clash with the results of a recent public debate in Exeter on the issue.
Exeter Express & Echo 26th Sept 2007 more >>
David Cairns, the deputy Scottish Secretary, was embroiled in a row with the SNP last night after he talked up the potential of nuclear power to contribute to Scotland’s energy needs while helping to combat climate change. At a fringe meeting at the conference, the MP for Inverclyde said: “While renewable energy sources can and will continue to make a significant contribution as technology develops, with variable output they are not a panacea. “Nuclear power has the potential to provide a secure and consistent carbon-free source of electricity which should not be ruled out on purely ideological grounds.” Mr Cairns went on: “My real fear is that Scotland’s energy and economic needs are being jeopardised by the SNP’s dogmatic opposition to nuclear power.
Herald 27th Sept 2007 more >>
While there has been progress in protecting nuclear materials in Russia, the threat of terrorists stealing a nuclear device remains high in many parts of the world, a private study concluded Wednesday. “Terrorists are actively seeking nuclear weapons and materials to make them,” said the report by Harvard University’s Managing the Atom project.
AP 26th Sept 2007 more >>
Guardian website 26th Sept 2007 more >>
A new round of international talks aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear programme is getting under way in the Chinese capital, Beijing.
BBC 27th Sept 2007 more >>
North Korea accused the United States on Tuesday of actively providing nuclear weapons assistance to Israel while seeking to deprive other countries of the right to peaceful nuclear programs. North Korea’s top nuclear negotiator, meanwhile, denied accusations that his country had cooperated with Syria on a secret nuclear project.
RINF 26th Sept 2007 more >>
New Jersey-based NRG Energy applies to build the first new nuclear power plant in the U.S. in more than 30 years in South Texas.
Scietific American 26th Sept 2007 more >>
EU competition regulators gave their approval Wednesday to French state-guaranteed loans to Finnish power company TVO to pay for the construction of a nuclear power plant by French company Areva.
Energy Daily 27th Sept 2007 more >>
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Interactive Investor 26th Sept 2007 more >>
Engineers moved some planned structures at the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump after rock samples indicated a fault line unexpectedly ran beneath their original location, an Energy Department official said Monday.
MSNBC 26th Sept 2007 more >>
Bore hole drilling operations at the planned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site have turned up preliminary evidence that an earthquake fault line passes beneath the place where project officials want to build concrete pads for storing thousands of tons of highly radioactive spent fuel.
Las Vegas Journal-Review 24th Sept 2007
Germany will only be able to meet its climate targets if it keeps nuclear power according to the German Federation of Industry.
World Nuclear News 26th Sept 2007 more >>
The Dounreay landmark dome at a nuclear plant could be turned into a hotel, a nuclear museum and space observatory.
IC Scotland 26th Sept 2007 more >>
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told world leaders his country will defy any further U.N. Security Council resolutions imposed by “arrogant powers” seeking to curb its nuclear program, accusing them of lying and imposing illegal sanctions against Tehran.
Daily Mail 26th Sept 2007 more >>