News July 2009

31 July 2009


The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has awarded TWI Ltd in Cambridge a contract worth almost £1m to demonstrate the capability of lasers in decommissioning nuclear facilities. The deal will see TWI, a materials engineering specialist, set up technology demonstrations to show how modern, high power lasers can be used to remove contaminated surfaces of concrete and cut up metal pipework and process vessels.

Business Weekly 30th July 2009 more >>


The KiKK study Childhood Cancer in the Vicinity of Nuclear Power …

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30 July 2009


UK taxpayers face a smaller bill after the organisation responsible for cleaning up Britain’s old nuclear power sites reported an income rise. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) commercial income rose £517m to £2n almost halving its government grant from £1.6 billion in 2007-2008 to £898m, according to its annual report and accounts published this month. The income improvement on the previous year is in part due to increased electricity sales from the Wylfa and Oldbury nuclear power plants. Oldbury was …

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29 July 2009

Nuclear Subsidy

Rolls Royce will get the biggest portion of 150 million pounds ($250 million) of U.K. government funding announced by Business Secretary Peter Mandelson. The aircraft-engine maker will use 45 million pounds of government money to build four factories in Britain, three focused on aerospace and one on civil nuclear power, the Department for Business said in a statement today from London.

Bloomberg 28th July 2009 more >>

ROLLS-ROYCE has sent out a clear signal of its intention to corner …

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28 July 2009

Nuclear Supply Chain

A significant package of measures to help UK manufacturers seize the opportunities provided by emerging technologies was launched today by Business Secretary Lord Mandelson. It includes money for the nuclear supply chain including: total of £45 million funding to Rolls-Royce, which will see four new advanced manufacturing facilities built in the UK – three in aerospace and one civil nuclear – creating and sustaining around 800 jobs.

BIS Press Release 28th July 2009 more >>

Business Secretary Lord …

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27 July 2009

New Nukes

Greenpeace is threatening to take legal action against E.ON and other nuclear companies for rushing ahead with plans to build new reactors before they have got the proper consents. The move has been triggered by reports that preparatory bore holes for new reactors will start to be drilled for E.ON on 3 August at Oldbury in Gloucestershire. EDF is said to be considering similar work. A Greenpeace spokesman said its lawyers were reviewing a situation which made a mockery …

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26 July 2009

Nuclear power goes solar

Greenpeace was invited by the Austrian authorities to hang a banner from a nuclear power station, unlikely but true. The Zwentendorf nuclear plant was never operated and has been mothballed since the 70s. Today it is to open as a solar power station: our banner simply stated: “Energy Revolution – Climate Solution.”

Greenpeace Press Release 25th July 2009 more >>

New Nukes

Porritt retains a special, venomous relationship with his old foes like the nuclear industry: “Little more …

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25 July 2009

New Nukes

Britain’s much-heralded nuclear revival will not take place or will prove “irrelevant” the Prime Minister’s outgoing official environmental adviser, Jonathan Porritt, said yesterday. Mr Porritt, who steps down as Chairman of the Government’s Sustainable Development Commission on Monday, said that years had been wasted in pursuit of the the building of new nuclear power stations. He said the Commission had worked with the Department of Trade and Industry in 2003, then headed by Patricia Hewitt, to produce an energy …

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24 July 2009


ENERGY giant RWEnpower has gone ahead with its plans to buy the farmland earmarked for building nuclear reactors at Braystones and Kirksanton.

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French energy giant EDF, which wants to build two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point, looks likely to pay Somerset councils a fee for their part in the planning process, saving taxpayers thousands of pounds. The three Somerset councils, which will have to advise on the local impact if a planning …

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23 July 2009

Nuclear Finance

The Low Carbon Plan announcements last week revealed how some of the £405M earmarked for green industries in the Budget will be spent: £120M for developing the UK offshore wind industry; £95M for the Wave Hub demonstration and testing facility off the Cornish coast; £22M for the renewable energy proving fund; £15M for a Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre; £10M for renewables testing facilities in Northumberland; £10M for more electric vehicle battery charging infrastructure; £8M for a marine …

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22 July 2009


The man in charge of cleaning up Sellafield was paid more than £500,000 last year – for just nine months work. Dr Ian Roxburgh, who stood down as chief executive of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) in December 2008, received £540,593 in salary, bonuses and redundancy payments.

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Hydrock Group Ltd has been awarded the preliminary ground investigation contract by E.ON AG for the proposed new nuclear power station at Oldbury in Gloucestershire. Work …

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