News May 2012

31 May 2012

Sellafield

The company in charge of running Britain’s nuclear reprocessing operation at Sellafield in Cumbria said today that it needs an extra £276 million of taxpayer’s money to complete the single biggest nuclear construction project in the UK. Sellafield Ltd said that the final costs of building the Evaporator D complex to handle Britain’s liquid nuclear waste will need to be increased from £397m to between £599m and £673m. This is more than six times the original estimate for the project. …

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30 May 2012

Moorside

NuGeneration Ltd., with plans to build up to 3.6 GW of new nuclear plant in the UK, has hired US-based Jacobs Engineering to supply engineering services under a two-year framework contract, Jacobs said in a May 29 statement. The contract value was not disclosed. The contract will see Jacobs supplying environmental consultancy and engineering support to NuGen’s own engineering consortium. NuGen itself is a consortium of Iberdrola and GDF Suez.

i-Nuclear 29th May 2012 more >>

New Nukes

The future of …

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29 May 2012

Energy Bill

Fears the UK will use gas-fired power stations to deal with its looming energy crisis rather than turn to renewable sources have seen the country drop out of the top five most attractive countries for clean energy investment. The UK dropped to sixth out of 40 countries in Ernst & Young’s quarterly report, published today, falling back below Italy after a strong performance in offshore wind energy had raised its position earlier in the year.The new emissions performance standard …

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28 May 2012

Energy Bill

Plans for a new generation of nuclear power stations have suffered a potential setback after Centrica claimed a proposed subsidy scheme could breach EU rules on state aid. It is warning it cannot make a final decision at the end of this year unless an appropriate subsidy mechanism is in place. Centrica is concerned that the temporary arrangements, involving the government issuing so-called letters of comfort to developers of low carbon energy projects, have undergone inadequate scrutiny and are …

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27 May 2012

Energy Bill

BRITAIN’s plans for new nuclear power stations have suffered a blow with a warning from Centrica that a subsidy scheme is illegal. Centrica, the British partner in the consortium building the plants, has told ministers that proposed “letters of comfort” would break rules on state aid. The letters, in which the government will promise to pay a guaranteed price for power, were a key part of last week’s energy bill. Ministers hoped the pledges — meant to tide industry …

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26 May 2012

GDA

The UK EPR is undergoing more design changes as part of the regulator’s generic design assessment (GDA) review, according to information from the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). The original four-year GDA review of the Areva EPR led already to a number of design changes, most notably the requirement for a hard-wired backup for the digital control and instrumentation (C&I) system (see iNM, May, 12). Since last year, Areva and EDF have been working to close out the 31 “GDA …

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25 May 2012

GDA

EDF and Areva have closed out only one of the 31 original “GDA Issues” lodged against the UK EPR design when the Office for Nuclear Regulation issued its interim design approval, or I-DAC, last December. According to the ONR’s latest Generic Design Assessment (GDA) quarterly report — issued May 24 for the period ending March 31 — EDF and Areva have fallen substantially behind in the number of responses to the GDA Issue resolution to date. ONR said the shortfalls …

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24 May 2012

Energy Bill

Peter Atherton, Citigroup’s head of European utility sector research, said he was “surprised” the Government had published Tuesday’s draft Bill when it still appeared to be very uncertain as to how key proposals would work. “After two years, the Government seems no closer to being able to square its desire to support new nuclear with its political imperative not to be seen to be subsidising nuclear build,” he wrote in a research note. “If the publication of this Bill …

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23 May 2012

Energy Bill

Newly released documents about the Draft UK Energy Bill.

Energy Webwatch 22nd May 2012 more >>

Written Ministerial Statement.

DECC 22nd May 2012 more >>

Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes MP, recently told the House of Commons that the Liberal Democrats remained opposed to nuclear power, and that the policy of not subsidising new reactors meant “it will not happen because it has always needed to be subsidised”. But that rather depends on Liberal Democrat Ministers …

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22 May 2012

When is a subsidy not a subsidy?

The Government has finally published its Draft Energy Bill which includes so-called Electricity Market Reform as promised in the Queen’s Speech earlier this month. Keith MacLean, head of policy at one of the Big Six utilities, Scottish and Southern Energy, says it’s a complex system “designed to mask what is effectively a subsidy for new nuclear power, which could derail investment in renewables”.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey was pressed on the Today programme this morning by presenter John …

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