British Energy reports 70% power generation at Hunterston B nuclear plant. British Energy has announced the return to service of Hunterston B nuclear power station, and achievement of the target of reaching 70% power generation on both units, sufficient for the needs of around one million homes.
Datamonitor 29th Aug 2008 more >>
Alex Salmond’s hand-picked team of economic advisers have told the First Minister to think again about his opposition to nuclear power.
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To grasp why Tehran feels confident enough to shrug off the sanctions and press on with its nuclear-tipped ambitions, you need only understand a handful of crucial figures. At present, oil trades at around $115 per barrel, a fall of over 20 per cent in the last two months. Yet Iran’s national budget for 2008 presumed an oil price of only $40 per barrel. As the proud possessor of 130?billion barrels of proven reserves – more than anywhere else in the world except Saudi Arabia – Iran can produce about 4.2?million barrels of crude every day.
Telegraph 29th Aug 2008 more >>
Israel will bomb Iran rather than let the ayatollahs get their hands on nuclear weapons, it was claimed today. The Israeli cabinet held a special session three weeks ago where it approved plans to stop Iran from going nuclear – at any price, according to newspaper reports.
Daily Mail 29th Aug 2008 more >>
Iran has agreed to share nuclear technology with Nigeria to help it increase its generation of electricity. A senior Nigerian foreign ministry official, Tijjani Kaura, said the technology was not intended for any military use.
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Belgian authorities issued a safety alert after a leak of radioactive material from a research institute near the southern city of Charleroi. The Belgian nuclear control agency and the Interior Ministry issued a warning to people living in and near the town of Fleurus not to consume locally grown fruit, vegetables or dairy products as a precaution.
Daily Express 29th Aug 2008 more >>
On 28 August at 23:31 the European Commission received an ECURIE alert notification from Belgium concerning a radiological incident in the Institut National de Radio- l ments (IRE) in Fleurus, Belgium. There had been a release of gaseous Iodine-131 from this facility.
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The Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) said in a statement Friday that its extra inspection, ordered by the government, of the nuclear power station building site in Olkiluoto had shown that welding work there met quality standards but reprimanded the site’s overall safety culture.
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This summer’s misery for energy consumers reached a climax yesterday when the last two of the big six suppliers raised prices for millions of household customers. ScottishPower, which has just over 5 million customers, said gas bills would rise by 34% from the beginning of next month, and electricity by 9%. Npower said it was putting up gas prices by 26% and electricity by 14% for its 6.6 million customers with immediate effect.
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Jeremy Leggett: The UK, meanwhile, has no energy strategy, and what plans there are will not come to fruition before the end of the next decade, when it will be too late to escape the Russia trap. We should be urgently embarking on a national clean-energy mobilisation. The government should create investment conditions that allow City capital to flow into efficient-energy technologies that can be delivered in short order. We have technologies to rid ourselves of the need for gas. But we do next to nothing. Energy efficiency is low priority, and our renewable generators languish in cottage industries. Energy dependency could turn a new cold war red hot. Energy independence would allow east and west merely to trade insults. Let us start the independence movement in earnest, energy wise.
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