News December 2007

31 December 2007

New nukes

The next generation of nuclear power stations is set to be given the go-ahead by the Government next week despite fierce opposition from environmentalists and MPs.

Telegraph 31st Dec 2007 more >>

Duff, 48, is chief executive of RWE npower, the German-owned British power company. Parent RWE operates nuclear power stations in …

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30 December 2007

New nukes

Ministers are expected formally to back a new generation of nuclear power stations in Britain, in defiance of a fresh legal challenge from environmentalists and a damaging revolt from Labour backbenchers. Gordon Brown’s first cabinet meeting of the new year is due to nod through the decision next week, and John Hutton, Secretary of State for Business and …

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29 December 2007

New nukes

As we stand at the threshold of the New Year and wonder what it will bring, there cannot be many safer predictions than that 2008 will see the rebirth of nuclear power. Hint after hint has been dropped by ministers that an announcement is imminent about new nuclear plants at existing sites, with Sizewell in Suffolk, Dungeness in …

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28 December 2007

Sellafield

The NDA is asking the four preferred bidders to submit their final bids for running Sellafield.

Whitehaven News 27th Dec 2007 more >>

Italy

Europe needs to increase substantially its nuclear power capacity to relieve its overdependence on gas, the chief executive of Edison has warned. Umberto Quadrino, head of Italy’s second-largest utility, said …

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27 December 2007

Korea

International efforts to scrap North Korea’s nuclear programs are at a crossroads due mainly to disagreements over a suspected secret weapons project, South Korea’s foreign minister said Thursday.

AFX 27th Dec 2007 more >>

North Korea said it may slow down work to disable its nuclear plants because of what it called a delay in promised energy aid, Japanese media reported Thursday.

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26 December 2007

Korea

Japan does not expect North Korea to meet a year-end deadline to declare its nuclear programmes but wants a full accounting once it does, an official said Wednesday.

AFX 26th Dec 2007 more >>

Uranium

Japanese utility Kansai Electric Power Co and trading house Sumitomo Corp will join with state-owned Kazakh nuclear firm Kazatomprom …

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24 December 2007

Gulf States

Nicolas Sarkozy will next month step up his use of civil nuclear power as a diplomatic tool with a visit to the Gulf states during which he will pledge French help for them to acquire atomic energy. The offer of collaboration on civil nuclear energy and, over the longer term, of functioning nuclear power stations, has emerged as one of the French president’s …

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23 December 2007

Reprocessing Revival?

A plan by the nuclear industry to build a £1bn fuel processing plant at Sellafield is being backed by the government’s chief scientist. The plant would turn the UK’s 60,000 tonnes of high-level nuclear waste into reactor fuel that will provide 60 per cent of this country’s electricity until 2060, it is claimed. But the plan is controversial. A report by the Nuclear …

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22 December 2007

Korea

North Korea may not be able to permanently shut down its nuclear facilities by the end of the year as initially promised, but it appears committed to the process and to declaring all its nuclear programs, the main U.S. envoy to South Korea said Friday.

Guardian website 21st Dec 2007 more >>

Terror

A successful nuclear attack by terrorists would be catastrophic. Intense fears of nuclear terrorism have led to a search for a perfect defense: destroying all …

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21 December 2007

Sellafield

Engineers have successfully replaced vital elements of a nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria. A section of the roof of the Thorp facility at Sellafield was removed to allow four huge vessels to be lowered into position by a giant crane. Technical difficulties meant the operation, involving 20-tonne vessels used to process liquid waste, was put back 24 hours.

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