News July 2008

31 July 2008

British Energy

Letter: The looking-glass world of nuclear policy: British Energy, which owns most of the country’s nuclear power stations, is about to be sold to the French group EDF for £12bn; the British government controls 35% of British Energy and is keen to sell its stake to raise funds … to replace its stockpile of nuclear warheads

Guardian 31st July 2008 more >>

The much-delayed sale of British Energy to a French Government-dominated utility could finally arrive tomorrow, neatly coinciding …

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30 July 2008

New Nukes

Greenpeace nuclear blog: our mission is to record the meltdown of that most over-rated, over-subsidised and over-confident of industries, the nuclear industry. Perhaps we were being overcautious, but we were wondering if there’d be enough material to sustain a daily weblog.

Greenpeace 29th July 2009. more >>

Greenpeace 29th July 2009 more >>

Letter: If in 50 years we decide wind turbines have been a terrible mistake, we can take them down. It is not the same for …

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29 July 2008

British Energy

FRENCH firm EDF’s proposed takeover of British Energy risks creating competition problems in the UK electricity market. Professor Dieter Helm, an energy expert at New College Oxford, said the deal would mean “essentially handing the British nuclear industry to the French government”. Keith Munday, commercial director of independent supplier Bizzenergy, said: “We think this move is a very significant step in the wrong direction. The wholesale electricity market is bad now and it’s going to get worse.”

Edinburgh Evening News

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28 July 2008

British Energy

FRENCH energy firm EDF is expected to announce a 12.4bn takeover of British Energy, leading to concerns that its headquarters may be moved out of Scotland. Nuclear firm British Energy employs around 200 staff at its headquarters in East Kilbride, but Adam Ingram, MP for the area, is concerned about their future if the deal goes ahead.

Scotland on Sunday 27th July 2008 more >>

Centrica’s involvement with EDF’s bid for British Energy – when it finally goes through …

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27 July 2008

New Nukes

A devastating blow to the much-hyped revival of atomic power has been delivered by an unlikely source—the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The NRC says the “standardized” designs on which the entire premise of returning nuclear power to center stage is based have massive holes in them, and may not be ready for approval for years to come. The NRC gave conditional “certification” to thw “standardized” AP1000 design in 2004, allowing design work to continue. But as recently as June 27, …

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26 July 2008

New Nukes

The Government needs to make its investment programme in new reactors clearer if it wants to avoid clashes with other major civil engineering project like Crossrail, civil engineers have warned.

Contract Journal 25th July 2008 more >>

British Energy

France’s EDF and British Energy are understood to have reached agreement in principle on the terms of an agreed bid. Although work on an offer is continuing, the French company is understood to be keen to finalise a deal next week. …

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25 July 2008

British Energy

French energy firm EDF and British Gas owner Centrica are set to announce that they have bought UK nuclear firm British Energy, the BBC has learned. The BBC’s business editor Robert Peston said EDF and Centrica will probably announce early next week they are paying more than £12bn for the company.

BBC 24th July 2008 more >>

What will happen to the £4bn plus that would be received by the Department for Business when its stake is sold? The …

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24 July 2008

NDA

Chaos at the heart of Britain’s nuclear clean-up industry has been laid bare by an internal government audit after embarrassing cost overruns and bureaucratic bungling. The Department for Business admits there are “inherent risks” associated with the financial affairs of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) that forced the department to find £400m from other budgets to balance the books. It also admits that budgetary problems were exacerbated by misunderstandings, unminuted meetings and lack of sufficiently trained staff. The government has …

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23 July 2008

Nuclear Siting

Labour’s next generation of nuclear power plants could be built on land at high risk of flooding, it emerged yesterday. Ministers have refused to rule out building the controversial reactors in areas vulnerable to rising sea levels, flash floods and burst river banks. Environmentally sensitive parts of the UK – areas of outstanding natural beauty or those that are home to rare wildlife – could also be used, according to draft guidance from the Department for Business.

Daily Mail 23rd

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22 July 2008

Nuclear Skills

Britain’s main nuclear safety regulator is struggling to halt a staff exodus that threatens to delay construction of a new generation of nuclear power stations. A brain drain of senior inspectors and engineers has left the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) so seriously understaffed that only 16 people are overseeing a highly complex approval process for new nuclear reactors that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says requires at least 40 people. The Times has learnt that the Government is …

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