News February 2010

28 February 2010


The £4bn sale of French power giant EDF’s electricity distribution network has been put back on track with first-round bids expected by the middle of March. Four buyers are understood to be interested in putting in first-round bids for the asset. A consortium including Australian infrastructure group Macquarie, the Canadian Pension Plan and Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund ADIA, thought to be advised by Goldman Sachs, is understood to be working on a joint £4bn bid. Scottish and Southern Energy …

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27 February 2010

National Policy Statements

Reports into the Parliamentary scrutiny of the energy National Policy Statements. Two previous blog entries have reported on the first few sessions of the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s examination of the six energy National Policy Statements (NPSs). Today I summarise the salient points I took from the 27 January and 3 February sessions.

Bircham Dyson and Bell 25th Feb 2010 more >>


Radiation Free Lakeland have made a Freedom of Information request about wildlife around …

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26 February 2010


Britain’s new nuclear programme is poised to take a major step forward next week with tenders due in for the earthworks contract for the first new plant planned at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Five contractors are believed to be in the running for the £30M deal. They include a Balfour Beatty/Vinci joint venture, a Bam Nuttall/Kier/URS joint venture, a Laing O’Rourke/Ferrovial joint venture. Carillion and Sir Robert McAlpine are also bidding independently.

New Civil Engineer 25th Feb 2010 more

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25 February 2010


Sellafield, the nuclear plant that is Western Europe’s most heavily contaminated industrial site, is facing an unexpected environmental challenge. The 262-hectare (645 acres) plant in West Cumbria is being overrun by seagulls, mice and stray cats, and managers are battling to contain the problem. Things have become so serious that a cull of seabirds is being considered. There are concerns that some have been swimming in open ponds containing plutonium and radioactive waste, some of which date back to Britain’s …

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24 February 2010

Nuclear Research

Manchester is to get a £16m research facility which will make it a centre for the nuclear industry in the UK. The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) plans to invest £4.4m into setting up The Centre for Nuclear Energy Technology (C-NET) at the University of Manchester.

Crain’s Manchester Business 23rd Feb 2010 more >>

World Nuclear News 23rd Feb 2010 more >>

The Business Desk 23rd Feb 2010 more >>

Manchester Evening News 23rd Feb 2010

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23 February 2010

Nuclear Waste

The European Commission intends to propose EU- wide rules on the disposal of nuclear waste by the end of 2010, an official said Thursday. “Nuclear waste management is an important area which needs to be addressed by both industry and national governments (…) the role of the EU is to set a common framework for the establishment of national waste management programs,” said Marlene Holzner, spokeswoman for energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger, during a briefing in Brussels.

Earth Times 18th Feb

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22 February 2010


Since 6.40am this morning, anti-nuclear power activists from the ‘People Power not Nuclear Power Coalition’ have been blockading Sizewell power station in protest against the flawed government consultation on nuclear new build, which ends today, and the dumping of local democracy.

Stop Nuclear Power Press Release 22nd Feb 2010 more >>

Nuclear Security

Letter from David Lowry: US environmentalists have rightly highlighted the security problems posed by the AP1000 nuclear reactor design, particularly its vulnerability to terrorists. This danger is very …

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21 February 2010

Nuclear Supply Chain

LORD MANDELSON is close to sealing a £170m government-backed deal for a nuclear manufacturing facility just days after Corus mothballed its steel plant on Teesside. The business secretary has been leading talks between Sheffield Forgemasters, the engineering firm, and Westinghouse, the nuclear reactor maker, for months about arranging a financing package for a 15,000-tonne press that would be used to make pressure vessels and castings for nuclear reactors. Today these are made by a handful of highly specialised …

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20 February 2010

Nuclear Costs

If you want to understand why the U.S. hasn’t built a nuclear reactor in three decades, the Voters power plant outside Atlanta is an excellent reminder of the insanity of nuclear economics. The plant’s original cost estimate was less than $1 billion for four reactors. Its eventual price tag in 1989 was nearly $9 billion, for only two reactors. But now there’s widespread chatter about a nuclear renaissance, so the Southern Co. is finally trying to build the other …

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19 February 2010


One of two reactors at Dungeness B power station has returned to service after being shut down following a blaze in November. The second reactor, which has been out of action since July 2009, remains closed due to maintenance works, according to operator EDF Energy.

Kent News 18th Feb 2010 more >>


Somerset County Council has rejected calls for a judicial review into the National Grid’s proposals for pylons. 17th Feb 2010 more >>


Council leaders have raised serious …

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