News August 2015

31 August 2015

Hinkley

Letter Keith Parker: In response to Tom Bawden’s article on Hinkley Point (28 August) I would like to clarify a few points. There is an urgent need to build new energy infrastructure in the UK. Around half of existing capacity will close by 2030, and this needs to be replaced by low-carbon generation if we are to meet our carbon reduction targets. Our energy system needs new nuclear power to help manage a system with an increasing amount of intermittent …

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30 August 2015

Hinkley

Private Eye: In summer 2013 government spin doctors said a deal with the French to build two new nuclear power plants in the UK was in the bag (EYE 1351). It wasn’t. Now the spinners are in action again. This time they are hinting that during the state visit in October of China’s president Xi Jinping, he will commit Chinese money to rescue the endlessly delayed nuclear projects. With his country’s dire record on industrial health and safety , Xi …

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29 August 2015

ABWRs

Hitachi-GE has requested an adjustment to their schedule for Generic Design Assessment (GDA) of the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR). Their request to ONR will allow them to spend longer on Step 3 of GDA, now expected at the end of October 2015, and have a slightly shorter Step 4. Neither Hitachi-GE nor the regulators expect any change to the achievement of a Design Acceptance Confirmation, scheduled for December 2017, and a revised programme of submissions has been agreed …

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28 August 2015

Hinkley

A deal for the £24.5bn power plant in Somerset could be signed in October after the Government agreed terms with the energy giant EDF. But, writes Tom Bawden, environmentalists are far from alone in opposing an ‘expensive mistake’. After years of wrangling, the Government and EDF – the energy giant that will operate Hinkley Point C and own around half of it – have agreed a deal that would guarantee EDF a price of £92.50 per megawatt hour of the …

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27 August 2015

Hinkley

Further delays to the £24.5bn project to build Hinkley Point C have been predicted this week amid the continuing financial turmoil in China. As recently as three weeks ago the media was predicting that David Cameron and China’s president, Xi Jinping, would sign a deal at a meeting in the UK in October which would signify that a Final Investment Decision on Hinkley Point C had been made. The Chinese are expected to fund two thirds of the scheme. The …

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26 August 2015

Hinkley

We forecast that infrastructure output will experience double-digit growth each year to the end of our forecast horizon in 2019. It’s not all good news, however, as yet again we expect delays until 2018 for the main works on the nuclear power station Hinkley Point C.

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25 August 2015

Wylfa

Nuclear power operator Horizon and Anglesey County Council are planning to establish a framework of contractors to deliver vital road improvements before the massive construction project starts. An estimated £30m-£70m of road improvements will be needed on the Welsh island to accommodate works for the new nuclear power station. The partners aim to select three to five firms for each of three lots covering works valued at less than £1m, £1-£5m and bigger projects.

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24 August 2015

Hinkley

Two very recent articles in Click Green and Professional Engineer indicate that Hinkley Point C is now officially mothballed. Indeed the project seems to be in its death throes. While some desk work appears to be continuing all major work on-site appears to have stopped and NNB Genco is so uncertain that the final investment decision will be positive it has asked ONR to stop as much work as possible to save money – even to the point of threatening …

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24 August 2015

Hinkley C Mothballed – Is it in its Death Throes?

Two very recent articles in Click Green and Professional Engineer indicate that Hinkley Point C is now officially mothballed. Indeed the project seems to be in its death throes.

We already knew that site preparation work at Hinkley Point C was stopped in April 2015, up to 400 construction workers were laid off, and the Final Investment Decision was delayed until the autumn. (1) What wasn’t clear at the time was that NNB Genco – the consortium planning to build the …

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23 August 2015

Hinkley

Worked has stopped at Hinkley after regulators says the company told them they were halting production. On 1st July the site entered Care and Maintenance which means that activity at the site is limited to the management of material stockpiles and water management zones, remediation of asbestos contaminated land and archaeological surveys. In April the consortium which consists of EDF Energy, China General Nuclear Corp and other investors set a cap on spending on the project. “The reduction …

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