News November 2014

30 November 2014

Hinkley

The Government has refused to confirm that it it will sign a contract with EDF allowing Hinkley C to be built before April 2015, which is only a few weeks before the General Election. This can be seen in the text below which contains an answer to a Parliamentary Question tabled by Caroline Lucas. This evasive response underlines the shaky status of the Hinkley C nuclear project. The project was supposed to be backed by investments from AREVA and also …

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29 November 2014

Hinkley

The Hinkley Point C nuclear power development is one of the largest and most complicated undertaken in the UK in the last decade. In our new special report, Insider takes a look at the ambition, investment and skills needed to get such an impressive project off the ground, and the supply chain and business opportunities it will create.

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28 November 2014

Hinkley

Qatar’s energy minister has said the gas-rich Persian Gulf sheikhdom would consider investing in the £25bn Hinkley Point nuclear project in Somerset. Speaking to The Telegraph ahead of today’s Opec meeting in Vienna, Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada said: “We are looking at making further energy investments in Europe and the UK” adding that backing the construction of Britain’s first atomic plant in over 25 years was one of the options under review. News of the potential investment in the project …

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27 November 2014

Hinkley

Jonathon Porritt: A new report shows that the UK’s farms can easily generate as much power as the proposed Hinkley C nuclear plant, writes Jonathan Porritt. Not only would it all be renewable, but if could all be in place by 2020. Here he offers some friendly – but strictly confidential – advice for Energy Secretary Ed Davey. We’ve pretty much put all our low-carbon eggs into EDF’s all-encompassing nuclear basket – to the tune of £24 billion, or even …

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26 November 2014

Chapelcross – submarine waste

An MSP has warned a Scottish site could become a “nuclear graveyard” if it is chosen to store radioactive waste from redundant Royal Navy submarines. Chapelcross, near Annan, is one of five possible locations across the UK. South of Scotland Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume said he hoped people would get involved in consultation and reject any plans to use Chapelcross. The UK government has pledged that public opinion will be taken into account in deciding the …

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25 November 2014

Hinkley

The Scottish National Party has said the financial crisis surrounding the future of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant demonstrates yet again the folly of the UK government’s decision to spend huge amounts of public money to subsidise new nuclear power stations. The future of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset is facing a financial crisis as Areva, a shareholder in the project and the designer of the proposed reactors, has seen its shares plunge by almost a …

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24 November 2014

Hinkley

The future of the proposed new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset is under a cloud as Areva, a shareholder in the project and the designer of the proposed reactors, has seen its shares plunge by almost a quarter. Meanwhile, the CBI is today calling for the rUK Government to make a final decision on its guarantee/ subsidy for the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station as part of a package of measures to boost the UK economy. …

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23 November 2014

Hartlepool/Heysham

One of two nuclear power stations shut down after a crack was found in a boiler is safe to use again, regulators have said. Electricity firm EDF temporarily closed down two of its nuclear power stations, Heysham 1, in Lancashire, and Hartlepool, Teesside, in August. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) declared three of the four reactors safe but the fourth, at Heysham 1, requires further safety checks. Hartlepool can now resume operations. The problem was detected during a routine …

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22 November 2014

Dounreay

A fire at the Dounreay nuclear plant resulted in an “unauthorised” release of radioactivity, an investigation has found. Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL), the company responsible for decommissioning the site on the north coast of Scotland, said it had identified “unacceptable behaviours and practices” by staff. The fire broke out on October 7 in the prototype fast reactor sodium tank building, where sodium residues from the operation of the reactor are stored. The Dounreay on-site fire brigade extinguished the blaze …

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21 November 2014

Hinkley

Doug Parr: Given UK consumers are on the hook for an undiscounted£37billion of subsidy to this project, you’d think democratic principles would require that all developments were subject to full public scrutiny. But no; it’s all happening behind closed doors. A few new scraps of information have emerged that do suggest the project is far from going swimmingly. There are 3 main points. First, the reactor design, the European Pressurised water Reactor (EPR) isn’t very good. A nuclear engineer now …

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