News April 2010

30 April 2010

General Election

If Nick Clegg does manage to stitch up, sorry pull together, a coalition after May 6 one of the policies he will carry into Government will be his opposition to nuclear power. Now the main body he will come up against on this will be the Nuclear Industry Association. And within the NIA we find one Simon James, the organisation’s chief lobbyist, sorry (again), its head of public affairs. Thing is it is quite possible these two gents already …

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29 April 2010

New Nukes

The nuclear industry has defended itself in the wake of a surge of support for the Liberal Democrats, the only major party to have a policy opposing the building of new nuclear power stations. The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) questioned Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg’s assertion in last week’s leaders’ debate that new nuclear had little to offer the UK. During the debate, Clegg clashed with Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Conservative leader David Cameron over the UK’s future …

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28 April 2010

Nuclear Costs

Letter from Prof. Steve Thomas: I am surprised that your editorial “The doubts about the Lib Dems” (April 23) claims that offshore wind is “is roughly three times as expensive as nuclear to build”. A recent survey funded by the European Commission (“Wind Energy – The Facts”) under its Intelligent Europe programme found the average construction cost in 2008 money of the five offshore wind farms completed in the UK from 2003 to 2008 was about 2,200 (about …

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27 April 2010

General Election

The Liberal Democrats have today hinted that their opposition to a new fleet of nuclear power plants is likely to be non-negotiable in the event of the party holding the balance of power in a hung parliament. With a series of polls over the weekend all pointing towards a hung parliament, attention is increasingly shifting to the deals that will have to be brokered to form a coalition government.

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Nuclear power is …

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26 April 2010

Low Level Waste

Five bags of radioactive waste from the Sellafield nuclear processing facility were dumped in a landfill site after a faulty scanner wrongly passed them as safe. Environment Agency inspectors have found one of the bags but is still searching for the other four at the Lillyhall landfill site near Workington, Cumbria. The bags contained waste collected in restricted areas of Sellafield where disposal of all items, including protective clothing, is strictly controlled because of the risk of radioactive …

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25 April 2010

British Energy

The UK’s mania for privatisation of industries such as rail, nuclear and utilities has led to important British assets being nationalised by a foreign government. EDF, a French state company, owns nuclear power group British Energy. This may not be a terrible thing. It may even be a good thing – the French government will probably do a better job of running nuclear power than ours. But these takeovers are too important to be waved through – and the …

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24 April 2010

Justification

Paul Dorfman: Nuclear “Justification” is a high level assessment about whether the benefits of new nuclear build outweigh the health detriments. Justification is a legal regulatory requirement under EU law – it must be done before reactors can be approved. Once the Justification decision has been taken it will be all but impossible to re-open nuclear policy. This will not be subject to any Parliamentary scrutiny until after a decision has been made. However, if you don’t know the reactor …

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23 April 2010

New Nukes

Engineering and project management company Amec has been awarded a contract by EDF Group to help in the construction of proposed new reactors at the Hinkley Point and Sizewell nuclear power plant sites in the UK.

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Simon Hughes: We can cut UK emissions and provide enough …

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22 April 2010

New Nukes

AMEC has been signed up by French power generating company EDF Group to assist with the proposed delivery of four new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point and Sizewell in the UK. The contract will run for 11 years, with the possibility of being extended for a further four years.

Share Cast 22nd Apr 2010 more >>

General Election

Important differences between the major parties on the environment emerged last night, as they clashed over nuclear power, wind farms, expanding flying, …

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21 April 2010

Companies

Vattenfall says it won’t build nuclear power stations in the UK under the current investment climate. A spokesman for the Swedish firm said it would concentrate instead on upgrading its fleet in Sweden and Germany. However, Vattenfall has not ruled out longer term involvement in the UK nuclear sector, pointing to its reversal of a previous decision to phase out nuclear power in Sweden by way of example.

Utility Week 21st Apr 2010 more >>

ICIS Heran 20th Apr 2010

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