Cash shortages and uncertainty over energy prices are delaying or cutting back nuclear power projects across Central and South-Eastern Europe, threatening energy supply and a push to abandon polluting coal. Investors are retreating, worried that future energy prices might not give them a good return. Many countries in the region have looked to increasing atomic power to provide a stable energy supply and to help meet tough new EU emissions targets. But high capital costs, dwindling interest from power firms, uncertainty about future carbon emissions prices and tangled planning permission are all slowing plans.
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It will be known within months if a nuclear new build can go ahead at Sellafield. The Government launched a consultation into the suitability of eight sites for potential new nuclear build last October, including on land adjacent to Sellafield. Originally three sites in Cumbria had been listed as potential for new build, but Energy Secretary Chris Huhne said Kirksanton and Braystones would not be included on the revised draft Nuclear National Policy Statement (NPS) as they were not suitable for the deployment of new nuclear by 2025. The three-month consultation has now closed and Parliament is expected to vote on the proposals when MPs return from their Easter recess.
Carlisle News & Star 28th Jan 2011 more >>
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has hit back at claims a public consultation on its business plan was a sham. Anti-nuke pressure group Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment (Core) criticised the NDA’s 2011-2014 business plan saying it lacked detail and was bland and of poor quality. But the NDA has refuted the claims, saying it takes public consultation very seriously. The 47-page document lays out the NDA’s spending plans for the next three years and says £1.5bn will be spent at Sellafield. It is circulated to interested groups and the public, who are invited to make comments.
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PROTESTERS have collected 10,000 signatures against new nuclear reactors being built on an Essex site. A 10-strong team from Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG) will deliver the petition to a Government minister on Tuesday, February 1. They will meet with Charles Hendry MP, Energy minister, in a bid to get Bradwell removed from a shortlist of eight sites earmarked for new nuclear reactors.
East Anglia Daily Times 28th Jan 2011 more >>
BRADWELL Power Station was evacuated last week after a condenser unit caught alight. Eleven crews were called to the station on Friday, January 21, at 12.24pm to extinguish the blaze. The fire in the titanium tubing, measuring 4m by 6m, took two hours to put out and keep under control. Incident commander divisional officer, Matt Hughes, said crews ‘worked professionally to extinguish the fire quickly’ by 14:24hrs. A spokesman from Bradwell Power Station said the immediate vicinity was made safe and evacuated and the emergency services called.
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South Glos Councils response to the revised draft NPS consultation. We are particularly delighted to read the Council “is unable to support the inclusion of Oldbury on the list of sites for new build nuclear facilities in the NPS.” They have also pointed out that “the NPS’s are framed in a way that the national need for electricity will always override local and cumulative impacts.There is a concern that, once a site is on the NPS list, it will be developed whatever the scale of impact revealed through subsequent and more detailed assessments.”
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New videos released by SANE featuring Prof Gareth Williams, Prof Tom Burke, Prof Steve Thomas, Prof Andy Blowers and Dr Ian Fairlie.
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Parliamentary Energy Committee report this week – MPs warn NPS framework can not deliver new nuclear in time to avoid a dash for gas and doubt GDF can be ready by 2030. The Parliamentary committee responsible for scrutinising the new draft NPS have issued their report this week. It concludes that they do not believe that new nuclear can be switched on in time to avoid a dash for gas. The committee also doubt that the Government can deliver a long term Geological Disposal Facility to receive new nuclear waste before 2130. As SANE have said all along new nuclear is never going to fill the energy gap, it is a distraction to getting on with the cheaper and more viable renewables.
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The Energy minister Charles Hendry said recently that land next to the River Severn was appropriate for a new generation of nuclear reactors during a visit to the site near Thornbury. He spent several hours at the existing Oldbury atomic station to meet those who run the ageing plant’s two reactors and to look across mist- shrouded farmland in Shepperdine where energy company Horizon wants up to three more. His visit came a day after he met representatives from eight sites around the country which are being considered for new nuclear stations to help meet Britain’s energy demands.
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Campaigners for a new nuclear power plant at Dungeness have handed in a 1,000 signature petition to the Prime Minister, David Cameron at 10 Downing Street.
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The go-ahead has been given to carry out initial development work on a proposed new power cable linking Pembroke and Wylfa on Anglesey. National Grid said the £1m two-year project was in its very early stages. It could be used to accommodate new nuclear and offshore wind electricity generation.
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RESEARCHERS at Canada’s National Research Universal (NRU) reactor are developing a process to produce medical isotopes without the need for a nuclear reactor – a breakthrough that promises to avoid a repeat of the last year’s shortfall in isotopes that left patients untreated and dying. In June 2010, Canada’s government set up a $35m programme to develop novel methods of producing medical isotopes after unscheduled repairs at a number of nuclear research reactors, including the NRU, interrupted supplies of the main medical isotope, technetium-99m. As part of the government research programme, researchers at NRU have explored the technical and economic feasibility of using an electron linear accelerator to produce isotopes. This eliminates the need for a nuclear reactor. The research team has successfully tested every step of the method and expects a demonstration facility will be constructed within two years, followed by commercial production. This is expected to meet Canada’s demand for medical isotopes.
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The safety of the UK’s nuclear submarine fleet is being put at risk by staff shortages and budgets cuts, according to the Ministry of Defence’s watchdog. Six Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered submarines currently operate out of Plymouth. However, the Ministry of Defence’s nuclear safety watchdog warned that it could no longer ensure that they “remain safe”. The “principal threats to safety” were a lack of money and a dearth of expertise, according to the report by the Defence Nuclear Environment and Safety Board. Trade-offs which were used to cope with shortages of reactor engineers and scientists by restricting their time ashore were becoming unmanageable.
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed the ratification of a nuclear arms cut pact with the United States, the centrepiece of US President Barack Obama’s efforts to reset ties with Moscow.
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This week’s Micro Power News has news of a demonstration Anaerobic Digester for farmers at a Cheshire College, and a new digester being built in Cumbria; 300 new jobs at Sharp’s solar factory in Wrexham; plans for a carbon negative school in Islington; Professor Dave Elliott on solar-fed heat grids and heat stores in Europe which help to deal with variable supplies over the year, and variable demand for heat; plans to fit around 2,200 photovoltaic panels on to a series of warehouse roofs in Ipswich, spanning just over one acre; Wadebridge in Cornwall aims to generate a third of the electricity used by the town’s 10,000 people from renewable sources – mainly the sun – by 2015, and make up to £450,000 a year for community projects.
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