Kirksanton & Braystones
CONTROVERSIAL plans for a nuclear power station in Kirksanton could still go ahead. The site was struck from the government’s draft Energy National Policy Statement last month, along with a site at Braystones, on the grounds it would not be possible to have proposed plants online before 2025. But the company behind the proposals, RWE npower, has announced it plans to appeal against the decision. The consultation period runs until January 24 2011 and allows companies and residents to provide feedback which could affect the process.
NW Evening Mail 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
U.K. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said nuclear and renewable power, energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage will spearhead job creation in a “green revolution” for the country. With 200 billion pounds ($320 billion) of investment needed in energy infrastructure by 2020, the government is focusing on insulating all the country’s 26 million homes, spurring offshore wind power and removing planning barriers for nuclear plants, Huhne said today in a speech at the London School of Economics.
Bloomberg 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
The documentary is described by Channel 4 as a film in which “life-long diehard greens advocate radical solutions to climate change, which include GM crops and nuclear energy”. Contributors such as Mark Lynas, author of Six Degrees, and Stewart Brand, author of The Whole Earth Catalog, are, say the channel, now part of a “a group of environmentalists across the world [who] believe that, in order to save the planet, humanity must embrace the very science and technology they once so stridently opposed They argue that by clinging to an ideology formed more than 40 years ago, the traditional green lobby has failed in its aims and is ultimately harming its own environmental cause.” Doug Parr, Greenpeace’s chief scientist, said: “Like the film itself, the email we were sent by the producers was almost comically misleading. You would have thought Channel 4 would have learned its lesson after the previous controversies, but judging from this latest attempt to set us up, they haven’t.
Guardian 3rd Nov 2010 more >>
A new body aimed at promoting best practice in infrastructure planning and authorisation was launched at Bircham Dyson Bell’s offices last night. The ‘National Infrastructure Planning Association’ or NIPA will soon be open to membership to all those involved in the planning and authorisation of nationally significant infrastructure projects. The title of this blog post is deliberately ambiguous to welcome NIPA to the world, and also to welcome you to NIPA.
Bircham Dyson & Bell 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
E.ON AG may take up GDF Suez SA’s 25 percent stake in Electricite de France’s proposed nuclear plant at Penly, France, Le Figaro reported, without saying where it got the information.
Bloomberg 3rd Nov 2010 more >>
Whitehaven CID rang up a home address last week to ask if Cumbria anti nuclear groups were planning large protests at Sellafield. Thought for the day was “chance would be a fine thing!” Their call out of the blue made no sense at all until the news that there is to be a full scale, fully armed pyrotechnic ‘exercise’ starting this week A cynical person might suspect they would have liked some real Cumbrian people to play with.
Northern Indymedia 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
CALLS to rethink unpopular plans for a route of electricity pylons across Sedgemoor appear to have paid off. National Grid has this week hinted it will consider all options – including underground and subsea cables as well as overhead lines – to power the proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point.
Bridgwater Mercury 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
A British nuclear power station suffering an “unplanned outage” has categorically denied any link to the sophisticated Stuxnet worm. One of two reactors at Heysham 1, owned by French energy giant EDF, was taken offline yesterday. Parts of the site are run by Siemens S7 systems, prompting suggestions the sophisticated worm is to blame for the shutdown. An EDF spokeswoman told The Register the suggestions amounted to “conspiracy theories”.
The Register 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
Business Week 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
Reuters 1st Nov 2010 more >>
Nuclear Directorate inspector David Simister and Magnox North Limited project manager Medwyn Williams wrote a joint paper – published for the first time through this HSE Nuclear Directorate ebulletin – setting out the safety justification for continued operations at Wylfa and identified key factors in the decision-making process.
HSE Bulletin November 2010 more >>
THE power consortium behind Wylfa B has launched a series of public exhibitions across north west Wales. Horizon Nuclear Power is developing options for two or three new nuclear reactors adjacent to the existing Magnox station, capable of producing three times as much electricity as Wylfa.
Daily Post 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
With the so-called “nuclear renaissance” looking smaller and slower than predicted, some in the nuclear industry are focusing on running existing plants longer not only for their initial 40-year licensing period and the 20-year extension already allowed, but for a second 20-year extension.
New York Times 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
Iran’s envoy to the UN nuclear agency has made clear Tehran will not accept a western nuclear fuel-swap proposal intended to address concerns over its nuclear programme.
Telegraph 3rd Nov 2010 more >>
Russia’s Rosatom and Qatar’s Ministry of Environment have signed a memorandum of cooperation on the peaceful use of atomic energy. The memorandum covers bilateral cooperation in areas such as the development of nuclear energy legislation in Qatar.
World Nuclear News 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
Britain and France have tried a few times in the past decade to cooperate more fruitfully on defence. At times it’s seemed to be going well but at others the US gravitational pull – irresistibly attractive to the British and repellent to the likes of former French president Jacques Chirac – have brought it to grief. My own experience with troops from the two nations in the Balkans or Afghanistan suggests that British and French get on very well together.
BBC 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
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eGov Monitor 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
Independent 3rd Nov 2010 more >>
Britain and France have signed a new entente cordiale today agreeing to unprecedented military cooperation including the joint testing of nuclear warheads. Nuclear secrets – which have been preserved for five decades – will be shared under the plans. Britain will surrender testing of nuclear warheads which will be done at Valduc, near Dijon, from 2015. The Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston will instead focus on developing new technology.
Daily Mail 3rd Nov 2010 more >>
A new nuclear treaty between the two countries focuses on hydrodynamic testing facilities, which allow the performance and safety of nuclear warheads to be tested without a nuclear explosion taking place. It appears that nuclear weapons testing technology will be now developed in Britain, and the testing will be carried out in France. A planning application to build ‘Project Hydrus’ hydrodynamic testing facility at Aldermaston was recently agreed, but presumably this facility will now be cancelled to make the financial savings that the government has announced.
CND Press Release 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
Eight more people have been charged with public order offences following an anti-nuclear protest outside Plymouth’s Devonport naval base. More than 100 people took part in the demonstration on Monday morning. The charges include aggravated trespass and wilful obstruction of a public highway other than with a car. Two men from Somerset were charged on Monday with failing to comply with conditions imposed on a public assembly.
BBC 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
Thirteen demonstrators were arrested yesterday after superglueing their hands together to barricade a Navy base.
Around 200 people blocked Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth to protest against the Trident nuclear weapon system.
Daily Mirror 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
The second Cumbria built Astute class submarine is to be launched in December, it has been announced. The 7,400 tonne nuclear powered attack submarine, Ambush, will be rolled out and named on 16 December at BAE Systems shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness.
BBC 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
NUCLEAR test veterans have hit out at the Ministry of Defence after a widow won compensation in the US, despite being denied payments in the UK.
Burton Mail 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
The development of offshore wind and nuclear in the UK should not be given preference to the detriment of the fledgling wave and tidal energy sectors, an industry expert told NewNet. Ben Hamer, who is project director at Halcrow and working on developing the proposed Severn Barrage tidal energy project in UK waters, said the sectors need renewed focus from government to attract investment. Hamer said the project is important for regeneration of the local area and also to advance the UK’s tidal energy sector.
New Net 1st Nov 2010 more >>
Alex Salmond has announced a new £70 million investment fund to put Scotland’s ports at the forefront of the global offshore wind industry days after his plans to kick-start renewable energy were scuppered by a row with Westminster. The First Minister said that the money would stimulate investment in ports by private businesses. He said it could create up to 28,000 jobs and add £7.1 billion in value to Scotland’s economy over the coming decade.
Times 3rd Nov 2010 more >>
Scotsman 3rd Nov 2010 more >>