Rolls-Royce will help Russia’s state-controlled nuclear energy group build its reactors in Britain as the Government casts its net ever wider to gets its stalled nuclear programme off the ground. Rosatom, which was formed out of the Soviet ministry responsible for the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, has hired the engineer to advise on getting its technology licensed by British regulators. Michael Fallon, the Energy Minister, signed a memorandum of understanding between Britain and Rosatom on co-operation in nuclear energy. The Russian group’s involvement in the reactor-building programme would be controversial and politically sensitive. However, the Government has little choice as other developers either drop out or drag their feet.
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On Thursday, Rosatom, the state-owned, Russian nuclear energy company, announced that it had signed an agreement with Rolls-Royce of the UK, and Fortum, a Finnish utility company, to build nuclear power plants in Great Britain. In a statement Rosatom said that “a cooperation agreement was signed between Rosatom state corporation, Rolls-Royce and Fortum whose goal is to jointly study the possibilities for building and maintaining nuclear power stations with water-water power reactors in Britain.”
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NUCLEAR power is the only serious low-carbon option “to keep the country’s lights on,” campaigners have claimed.
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The former chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority has told the Government that it could break the log-jam over new nuclear power plants by setting up a similar body to build them.
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A request for funding to commission a new “independent” report on the risk of cracks developing in a Suffolk nuclear reactor has been turned down because of a claim it would not represent good use of taxpayers’ money.
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The site of Britain’s worst nuclear accident is being cleaned up after more than 50 years, a symbolic step forward in the country’s struggle to deal with its nuclear legacy.
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Japan’s top government spokesman has said that the country’s fish exports are safe for consumption because of the stringent inspection procedure in place. The comment was made after South Korea said it is banning all fishery product imports from eight Japanese prefectures, including Fukushima, due to concerns about radiation contamination from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
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The Slovak Supreme Court in Bratislava fully agreed with Greenpeace last month after we complained that the construction of two reactors at the Mochovce nuclear plant should not be done without proper public participation and transparency. Basically, construction should be halted while the operator Slovenské elektrarne (SE), 66% owned by Italian energy giant ENEL and 34% by the Slovak state, conducts a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Only on that basis could the country’s nuclear regulator ÚJD re-issue permissions for changes in the reactor design. However, ÚJD has already overruled the Supreme Court – for the time being. It says the Mochovce construction should not be stopped for reasons of the public interest, as the Court declared. Instead, ÚJD has ruled that construction should continue in the “public interest”.
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Finland’s nuclear safety chief cast doubt on Thursday on plans to start systems tests this autumn at the Olkiluoto 3 reactor, one of only a handful being built in the EU, suggesting the much-delayed project may be pushed back further.
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New research has predicted that the German government’s measures to support energy storage uptake – namely its relatively new solar storage subsidy program – could trigger a boom in the market similar to that once witnessed in the solar PV industry.The €25 million scheme, established in May this year, covers up to 30 per cent of the cost for residential storage equipment when added as apart of a new residential PV system.Research analysts IHS say the subsidy could trigger the sort of rapid uptake of solar PV energy storage systems that the government’s feed-in tariff (FiT) system ignited in the PV industry eight years ago.
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UK energy secretary claims fracking for shale oil or gas is ‘not the evil thing that some people try to make it out to be ‘
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