News April 2012

30 April 2012

Horizon

ONE of China’s state-backed nuclear companies is in talks to invest more than $10 billion (£6 billion) in Britain’s new nuclear reactors. According to Whitehall sources, the State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation is considering funding a bid for Horizon, the nuclear venture put up for sale by German utilities RWE and Eon. It is in talks about joining forces with Japan’s Toshiba which owns Westinghouse, the reactor designer formerly owned by the UK government. Over time, the tie-up could be …

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29 April 2012

Radwaste

Quite how they came to be preserving the Lake District “brand” instead of considering the potential effect on the environment and people’s well-being is unclear, but a useful tactic for diverting from the real matters which need to be considered.

Toxic Coast 28th April 2012 more >>

EON

Energy supplier E.ON has been forced to apologise to 65,000 companies after telling them they would have to pay a climate change tax at 1,000 times the real rate.

Telegraph 28th April 2012

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28 April 2012

New Nukes

The Government legislated in the Energy Act 2008 to ensure that operators of new nuclear power stations will have secure financing arrangements in place to meet the full costs of decommissioning and their full share of waste management and disposal costs. Before construction begins, an operator of a new nuclear power station will have to submit a Funded Decommissioning Programme (FDP) for approval by the Secretary of State. The Energy Act is supported by regulations, which were subject to …

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27 April 2012

Radwaste

The organisation which represents town and parish councils in Cumbria this week said the search for a nuclear waste dump site was “not credible or viable”. Cumbria Association of Local Councils, a member of West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership, announced that it would not support the process unless major changes were made. The partnership is considering if West Cumbria should continue in the search for a site for a high-level nuclear waste repository. An association statement said: “In …

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26 April 2012

Horizon

Britain’s continuing commitment to low-carbon energy may lead to the adoption of Russian nuclear technologies. Rosatom, Russia’s state atomic energy corporation, could be about to build two nuclear power stations in Britain. With a growing energy deficit and a commitment to cutting carbon emissions, the British government may find itself faced with an offer they can’t refuse. Earlier this month, Rosatom said it was mulling over buying a stake in Horizon Nuclear Power after the British energy firm’s parent companies, …

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25 April 2012

Radwaste

In a major vote of no-confidence, an association of local governments in Cumbria County, England have said they do not consider “credible or viable” the UK government process for siting a geological disposal facility (GDF) for nuclear waste. The Cumbria Association of Local Councils (CALC) has represented town and parish councils on the West Cumbria MRWS (Managing Radioactive Waste Safely) Partnership for three years. CALC’s participation in the MRWS Partnership was based on a position statement agreed with its member …

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24 April 2012

Centrica

Plans to usher in a new era of nuclear energy by building the country’s first reactor for 20 years in Somerset have been cast into doubt amid concerns over the Government’s energy policy. Centrica – formerly British Gas – has threatened to pull out of a joint agreement with French company EDF Energy to construct the Hinkley Point C twin reactor. Executives at Centrica, which holds a 20 per cent stake in the project, have warned Whitehall officials that the …

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23 April 2012

Centrica

Plans to usher in a new era of nuclear energy by building the country’s first reactor for 20 years in Somerset have been cast into doubt amid concerns over the Government’s energy policy. Centrica – formerly British Gas – has threatened to pull out of a joint agreement with French company EDF Energy to construct the Hinkley Point C twin reactor.

Western Daily Press 23rd April 2012 more >>

Centrica, the only UK company in the running to build a …

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22 April 2012

Hinkley

Plans to expand Hinkley Point nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea have been thrown into doubt, according to a report in the Financial Times. The paper says that power company Centrica, which owns British Gas, is threatening to abandon its investment in the scheme.

Burnham-on-sea.com 21st April 2012 more >>

Cumbria

The need to drive for more progress was the message at a major west Cumbrian conference. The West Cumbria Nuclear Futures event, at the Energus Centre in Lillyhall yesterday, saw some …

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21 April 2012

Centrica

The only British company in the running to build a new generation of atomic power plants has threatened to pull out due to uncertainty over the government’s energy policy – a move that could imperil the country’s nuclear renaissance. Executives at Centrica, which is planning to build a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset in a joint venture with EDF Energy, have warned Whitehall officials that the plan hangs by a thread and could be scrapped if …

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