News December 2008

31 December 2008

New Nukes

Letter from David Lowry: Your report on the gross energy inefficiency of the government estate (Government buildings emit more CO2 than all of Kenya, 23 December) should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched the obsession by energy and climate change secretary, Ed Miliband, to make nuclear power a “solution” to our greenhouse gas emissions requirement. Even if new nuclear plants were to replace the entire “fleet” of current reactors, it would save at most 2-3% of …

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30 December 2008

Wylfa

A leading power firm has secured a grid connection for a new nuclear power station and acquired options to buy farmland next to an existing nuclear site. Npower said the connection at Anglesey in North Wales could see enough electricity generated to supply more than five million homes. The firm, owned by German giant RWE, said it also had options to buy land at Wylfa, near the Magnox nuclear power station, which is due to close next year, but would …

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29 December 2008

Dungeness

A series of public meetings is to be held next month to discuss the possibility of building a new nuclear power station at Dungeness. British Energy and environmental consultants Royal Haskoning will be on hand to answer questions from people living on Romney Marsh.

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British Energy

Centrica and French energy giant EDF, which has agreed to buy British Energy for £12.5bn, will start negotiations in the New Year to kick-start a nuclear power station building …

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28 December 2008

British Energy

Centrica and French energy giant EDF, which has agreed to buy British Energy for £12.5billion, will start negotiations in the New Year to kick-start a nuclear power station building programme. Centrica, owner of British Gas, intends to invest £3.1billion to buy 25 per cent of the new nuclear business, despite speculation last week that it was looking to renegotiate the terms. It is understood that details of the shape of the company, its strategy and what role Centrica will …

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27 December 2008

Nuclear Waste

Letter from Marianne Birkby: Hands up all those for world’s first nuclear high-level waste dump? Not the members of Cumbria County Council, who were denied a vote on what they described as ‘the most important decision the council will ever take’ or should that be ‘never be allowed to take?’ The Cabinet’s complete reversal of any semblance of democracy is worthy of the most agile acrobat.

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Cumbria County Council has written to …

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24 December 2008

New Nukes

Government plans for new nuclear stations will not stop blackouts in the next decade, said Liberal Democrat shadow energy and climate change secretary Steve Webb yesterday.

New Civil Engineer 23rd Dec 2008 more >>

British Energy

FRENCH utility EdF yesterday got the green light from European regulators to buy nuclear generator British Energy for £12.5 billion. But the approval came with strings attached. EdF must dispose of its own gas-fired plant at Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire and British Energy’s coal-fired power …

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23 December 2008

British Energy

BRITISH Energy has raised the “For Sale” sign at its only coal-fired power station under strict EU conditions to sanction a takeover by French suitor EDF. The East Kilbride-based firm will offload its plant at Eggborough in East Yorkshire to meet a number of hurdles to the £12.4 billion acquisition, unveiled earlier this year. EDF, the world’s biggest nuclear power provider, will also sell off its gas-fired power station at Sutton Bridge in Cambridgeshire as part of the regulations …

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22 December 2008

Companies

Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and France’s Areva on Monday announced a capital tie-up in nuclear fuel production, predicting that the market for atomic energy will keep growing.

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EDF

Pierre Gadonneix, CEO of EDF, has planted the French power giant’s footprint firmly in the Anglo-Saxon world, adding half of Constellation Energy’s American nuclear plants to a takeover of Britain’s atomic power network. With his tenure set to expire …

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21 December 2008

EDF

Dougie Rooney, national officer of Unite, said that unless EDF is forced to sell strategic parcels of land it has acquired, it would be very difficult for an alternative reactor maker to compete and would mean most of the skilled work for the construction of new power stations would be done in France. EDF took centre stage in the UK’s plan to build new nuclear power stations when it agreed to buy British Energy in September for £12.4bn. British Energy …

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20 December 2008

Oldbury

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has today announced that Oldbury Power Station will continue to generate electricity into 2009 and beyond. Originally planned for closure at the end of this year Oldbury now has the opportunity to continue producing electricity for a further period – likely to be around two years. Reactor 2 will continue generating power into 2009 past its scheduled closedown date of December 31st 2008. Reactor 1 remains offline and awaits a safety case to be approved …

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