News November 2012

30 November 2012

Hinkley

Construction of Hinkley has slipped by a full two years. Contractor Laing O’Rourke is working on a timescale that would have the first concrete pour on the nuclear island take place in mid-2015, a full two years later than originally planned. This programme was confirmed by Laing O’Rourke head of new nuclear Norman Haste. The first pour is seen as a key milestone in the construction of the plant and Haste’s admission is the first firm indicator of how delayed …

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29 November 2012

Radwaste

The Lake District national park has added its huge clout to growing concern that nuclear waste burial in Cumbria is a dangerous and economically damaging non-starter. The park’s governing authority has written to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) minister responsible for nuclear waste, warning for the first time that fears about losing nuclear industry jobs in the region need to be balanced by potentially disastrous effects on tourism. The move follows two public meetings in west Cumbria …

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28 November 2012

Sellafield

AN MP has branded Sellafield a cross between science fiction and a nuclear slum. “And it’s probably the biggest nuclear slum in Europe,” claimed Yorkshire TV personality Austin Mitchell, now Labour MP for Great Grimsby. Mr Mitchell was among the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee MPs who yesterday gave nuclear bosses a two hour grilling over Sellafield’s spiralling project costs, big salaries and potential risks. The committee monitors public spending and wants to know whether Sellafield has wasted taxpayers …

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27 November 2012

Hinkley

The U.K. unit of Electricite de France SA (EDF.FR) Monday said it got the nuclear site license for its planned Hinkley nuclear plant by the Office for Nuclear Regulation. EDF said granting of the site license is the recognition from the U.K.’s independent nuclear regulator that NNB GenCo, the new nuclear build subsidiary of EDF Energy, has developed the required organization, management structure, plans and procedures needed for the construction, commissioning and operation of the proposed new nuclear power station …

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26 November 2012

Energy Bill

The legislation Ed Davey will publish later this week is probably as good as he was going to get, but it is not very good. What’s not in the energy bill is much for the fuel-poor, even though they are suffering most from rising bills. And there is no new commitment to the most effective green energy policy of all: cutting energy consumption. The UK is projecting a two-thirds rise in energy demand even while Germany, Europe’s manufacturing heartland, …

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25 November 2012

Energy Bill

Aides to senior government ministers were at pains to insist that the energy deal finally signed off at about 6pm on Wednesday proved that both the Lib Dems and Tories were now in harmony on energy policy. One Whitehall figure sought to present the previous disagreement as a fairly standard round of negotiations between a spending department and the Treasury. In reality, the last two weeks have seen one of the most hard-fought coalition battles since the general election, …

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24 November 2012

Radwaste

People in West Cumbria have 10 weeks to influence a key decision on whether the area should look to host an underground nuclear waste dump. That was the message from Aspatria councillor Bill Finlay at a public meeting attended by more than 250 people on Wednesday. The meeting at Maryport’s Wave Centre was organised by campaign group Solway Plain Against Nuclear Dump (Spand). It heard from geologists Professor David Smythe and Professor Stuart Haszeldine about the potential consequences of building …

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23 November 2012

Radwaste

A DATE has been set for the vote on whether to press ahead with a process that could see the UK’s high-level nuclear waste buried deep beneath Cumbria. Copeland Borough Council, Cumbria County Council and Allerdale Borough Council will all vote on January 30 whether to progress to the next phase of the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership’s consultation. The vote was originally due to take place in October but the councils put the vote on hold due to uncertainties …

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22 November 2012

Energy Bill

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has confirmed the long-awaited Energy Bill will be unveiled next week, but admitted the final details of the legislation, including the issue of whether or not the bill will incorporate a decarbonisation target for the power sector, are still yet to be finalised. Speaking to the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, Davey reiterated the bill would be published before the end of the month, confirming it would be released alongside a …

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21 November 2012

Energy Bill

One thing we know will not definitively be in the bill next week or whenever this month will be measures to promote demand side reduction. Not that these measures are not being worked on- it’s just that the task of making something actually work in the context of the overall architecture of the Bill is proving somewhat difficult. It might be, of course that a relatively simple amendment emerges, which commits the Secretary of State to do something within …

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