News October 2007

31 October 2007

British Energy

Britain faces the prospect of power shortages and soaring prices this winter after the National Grid warned of a shortfall in electricity-generating capacity yesterday. The alert coincides with a surge in gas prices, which are now 40% higher than in continental Europe, and the confirmation that a vital import plant in South Wales will not be operational this winter. And it emerged last night that the energy minister, Malcolm …

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30 October 2007

Iran

Israel on Monday injected fresh urgency into its campaign for more sanctions against arch-foe Iran, assailing the UN nuclear watchdog chief for saying there was no proof Tehran wanted atomic weapons.

Africasia 29th Oct 2007 more >>

The United States on Monday brushed aside the UN nuclear watchdog agency chief’s warning that there was no proof Iran seeks atomic weapons, and invited him to stay out of diplomacy with Tehran.

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29 October 2007

New nukes

The battle lines between East Anglian MPs over whether to build a new generation of nuclear power stations can be revealed by the EDP today . A poll of the region’s MPs shows how some are preparing to defy their party line and vote against atomic power and how others believe we must have new nuclear power stations – such as a Sizewell C plant in Suffolk – …

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28 October 2007

New nukes

Britain will lobby for a lower national target for renewable energy than the 20 per cent to which European governments agreed earlier this year, John Hutton has indicated. The Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform revealed this apparent about-face to The Observer but denied claims following leaked documents last week that he wanted to do a U-turn on the Europe-wide target for 2020. …

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27 October 2007

Trident

EARLIER this week, at a meeting held in Glasgow, MSPs and councillors, anti-nuclear weapons campaigners and church leaders gathered to plan resistance to the development of son of Trident.Article by Rob Gibson MSP.

John O Groat Journal 26th Oct 2007 more >>

Nationalists have called on councils to seek ways of blocking nuclear weapon convoys from their roads, despite a complaint by one councillor of “gesture” politics.

ICScotland 26th Oct 2007 more >>

Alex …

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26 October 2007

Nuclear Consultation

Article by David Lowry: the twenty-week public consultation on the future of nuclear power in Britain has come to an end. In an ironic coincidence the consultation concluded on the 50th anniversary of the most devastating nuclear accident this country – the massive fire at the military plutonium production “piles” at the Windscale works at Sellafield on October 10, 1957.

Tribune 18th Oct 2007

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25 October 2007

New nukes

The shortage of nuclear inspectors in the UK reflects a wider skills shortage in the nuclear industry and threatens to delay the construction of a new generation of nuclear power stations. No new nuclear power stations have been built in the UK since Sizewell B in Suffolk began construction in 1988. But since last year the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, part of the Health and Safety Executive, has been gearing …

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24 October 2007

New nukes

The government is so short of nuclear inspectors that the programme of new reactors being planned may have to be put on hold, leaked papers show. The business secretary, John Hutton, yesterday warned Gordon Brown that the government has only five inspectors working on the design assessments of the three types of reactors being considered for Britain. The papers show an additional 35 inspectors are needed to be in …

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23 October 2007

British Energy

The country’s largest electricity generating company was thrown into turmoil yesterday after it was forced to close two of its nuclear power plants. Nearly £500 million was wiped from the value of British Energy amid fears that the group will now miss full-year output targets just two months after Bill Coley, the chief executive, insisted that performance was on an “improving trend”.

Times 23rd Oct 2007 more

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22 October 2007

British Energy

BE delivered an electric shock to UK power markets today, closing down four nuclear reactors and shutting off 25% of generating capacity for the immediate future. The shutdowns after corrosion was found at the weekend during routine inspections at its Hartlepool nuclear power station sent the price of electricity soaring and British Energy’s shares plummeting. The company immediately took what it called the ‘conservative decision’ to close down the second reactor at Hartlepool and the similarly designed reactors …

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