News May 2014

31 May 2014

Hinkley

The proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station has moved a step closer to joining the UK’s power network after the National Grid applied to build a 35-mile transmission connection. The National Grid has submitted a proposal to the Planning Inspectorate to link Bridgwater in Somerset to Seabank near Avonmouth in Bristol. It would incorporate five miles of underground cable through the Mendip Hills and 30 miles of overhead power lines carried on 141 pylons of between 35 and 47 …

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30 May 2014

Hinkley

The Planning Act regime for authorising nationally significant infrastructure projects was switched on for applications on 1 March 2010. It’s been something of a slow start, but as of yesterday the number of projects for which applications have been made has reached 50, with the application for the 60km long Hinkley Point C electricity connection arriving at the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol. It’s a big one, too, with over 60 boxes of documents and 2000 A1 plans. Time for a …

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29 May 2014

Hinkley

The Kier/Bam Nuttall joint venture expects to start phase two of site preparation at Hinkley Point C in June, Kier’s group finance director has told Construction News. EDF Energy appointed Kier and Bam Nuttall for site preparation works worth in excess of £100m in March 2011, with the contracts signed in February 2012. The main construction work on the UK’s first new nuclear project in a generation was originally due to commence in the summer of 2012, but was delayed …

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28 May 2014

Scotland

Plans to meet all Scottish energy needs through renewable sources by 2020 are challenging. Our expert panel discussed how it could be achieved. What is unique about the Scottish energy challenge, and can the Scottish government realistically achieve its target of securing 100% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020? That was tricky issue under discussion at the Guardian’s Glasgow debate on tackling the UK’s energy crisis. More than half (56%) of Scotland’s pensioners are affected by fuel …

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27 May 2014

ONR

Britain’s nuclear watchdog faces what shocked industry insiders are calling “unbelievable” conflicts of interest, The Independent can reveal. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is receiving technical advice from several of the very companies that it is supposed to be monitoring, including the US engineering conglomerate Jacobs and the Ftse 100 stalwart Amec. This has led to accusations that the advice cannot be viewed as independent. ONR inspects nuclear sites across the country, including the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in …

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26 May 2014

Energy Policy

Leonie Greene: The government’s consultation on the rights of fracking companies to drill under your home was published the day after the local and European elections, hours after the polls closed. Perhaps that was a wise move given that public support for fracking seems to be falling. It hardly needs former Conservative energy secretary Lord Howell to warn that fracking “could prove extremely dangerous politically”. The careful timing on the latest announcement shows he may not be the only …

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25 May 2014

Dungeness

A HIGH Court decision to refuse an appeal against Lydd Airport’s expansion plans will increase the risk of a nuclear incident say protestors. One of the country’s top judges rejected claims that expansion of an airport at Lydd could pose the threat of a nuclear disaster in the south east. Mr Justice Ousley dismissed a two pronged challenge at London’s High Court to plans to expand the Lydd operation.

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24 May 2014

Nuclear Safety

After the 2011 Fukushima disaster, which exposed the collusion and incompetence among the regulators and regulated, you’d expect that more transparent, accountable governance regimes for important issues such as nuclear safety could not be in question. Not so in the EU Council of Ministers which until a few months ago still refused to reveal which delegations were adopting what positions during negotiations on new framework laws. Not any more. Thanks to a key legal victory last year by Access …

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23 May 2014

Hinkley

EDF’s Managing Director of Nuclear New Build told a conference on nuclear energy in London on Tuesday that he expects the project will be compliant with EU regulations. Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson told the Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum that he is “confident that the robust steps the company is taking will ensure Hinkley Point C is compatible with EU state aid rules” and also noted that “a number of other countries are also interested in the process we are going …

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22 May 2014

Radwaste

A proposed housing development could churn up radioactive waste from a nearby quarry, a campaigner has warned. Patrick Cooke, of Crich, says the site chosen for 113 new homes off Roes Lane, Crich, abuts Hilts Quarry, which was used for a number of years by Rolls Royce for dumping low–level nuclear waste. The 70–year–old said: “They are proposing to put 113 houses to the side of an ex nuclear tip.” Patrick, a former retained firefighter, was awarded in the Mercury’s …

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