News May 2011

31 May 2011

New Nukes

LEADING Labour anti- nuclear campaigner Paul Flynn has called on the UK Government to follow the example of Germany and abandon support for nuclear power. The German Government has agreed to shut down all the country’s nuclear power plants by 2022, making it the first major industrialised power to go nuclear- free since the Japanese disaster. Newport West MP Mr Flynn said Germany had come to terms with the “futility” of nuclear power but said the UK Government was …

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30 May 2011

New Nukes

Switzerland became the latest country to decide to phase out nuclear power last week, citing concerns over the accident at the Fukushima plant that was left stricken by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in March. The Swiss decision not to build any new nuclear stations – three were in the pipeline – follows similar announcements in Germany, Italy and further afield in Thailand and Malaysia, where governments have opted to freeze or forgo plans to build nuclear power …

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29 May 2011

Liability

A German study identifies the costs of adequate insurance for nuclear reactors. Entitled “Calculating a risk-adjusted insurance premium for cover the liability risks from the operation of nuclear power plants result”, the study was commissioned by the Federal Association for Renewable Energies (BEE). Key conclusions are there would need to be approximately € 6.09 trillion insurance (Coverage) for a nuclear disaster; €19.5 billion annual insurance premium for each nuclear power plant (100-year availability period); this would increase the energy cost …

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28 May 2011

New Nukes

EDF Energy has confirmed it will continue with plans for four new nuclear reactors, including procurement of contractors to build the facilities. Chief executive Vincent de Rivaz made the statement after the government’s chief nuclear inspector found there was no reason to curtail the operation of UK nuclear facilities based on the direct causes of the Fukushima disaster. But EDF Energy’s plans at Hinkley Point C could still be complicated by three Somerset councils which have refused to accept …

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27 May 2011

New Nukes

Fukushima Lessons Learned seminar 14th June 2011.

Nuclear Consultation Group May 2011 more >>

Lady Barbara Judge, chairman emeritus, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, told ACE’s conference that Fukushima will not be “that big a deal” for the prospects of the nuclear industry. Lady Judge explained that in countries where nuclear energy was already under pressure it would remain under pressure. But she suggested that China, the USA, the UK and other countries committed to nuclear energy would …

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26 May 2011

New Nukes

EDF Energy has confirmed it will continue with plans for four new nuclear reactors, including procurement of contractors to build the facilities. Chief executive Vincent de Rivaz made the statement after the government’s chief nuclear inspector found there was no reason to curtail the operation of UK nuclear facilities based on the direct causes of the Fukushima disaster. Major contracts have yet to be awarded at the site, including the main civils works worth more than £1.6bn. In the …

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25 May 2011

New Nukes

Plans by E.ON and RWE to build new nuclear reactors in Britain are in limbo because of the backlash against nuclear power in Germany after the Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdown, The Times has learnt. Bankers and industry sources also said that the cash-strapped RWE would struggle to fund its share of the multibillion-pound programme even if it went ahead. Horizon, the British new-build joint venture set up by the two German companies, had been due to award the contract to …

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24 May 2011

New Nukes

Tony Roulstone MA CEng FIMechE MIET is delivering a lecture tomorrow entitled ‘Fukushima — new wine in old wineskins?’ Taking place at IMechE, central London, the free lecture is based on the premise that events at Fukushima have cast doubts over the inevitability of a nuclear renaissance. The event’s publicity material states: ‘The scale of the accident, involving multiple reactors and the way it ran across the global news for weeks…has challenged the idea that the nuclear industry has …

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23 May 2011

Decommissioning Costs

The Treasury is refusing to hand over nearly £7 billion from the sale of British Energy to the Energy Department, even though the cash pile is earning such meagre returns that future generations may be forced to pick up the nuclear generator’s huge decommissioning bill. The Nuclear Liabilities Fund was set up by the Government to cover the cost of decommissioning British Energy’s eight reactors. All of the state’s shares in the generator were sold by January 2009, producing …

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22 May 2011

Politics

Chris Huhne has conceded that he may have been driving his car on the day it was caught speeding, after weeks of denials that he broke the law. The energy secretary’s cabinet career is hanging by a thread after allegations that he lied to police about who was behind the wheel. Police have launched a criminal investigation into the claims, which can carry a prison sentence.

Sunday Times 22nd May 2011 more >>

Cumbria

Greenpeace this week unveiled 118 pages of …

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