News June 2015

30 June 2015

Flamanville

More safety faults could be uncovered in France’s flagship nuclear reactor being built by Electricite de France SA and Areva SA in Normandy, a regulator warned. “There are difficulties” in the execution of the project, Pierre-Franck Chevet, head of the French nuclear safety regulator, told a parliamentary hearing in Paris on Thursday. “As we enter into the period of startup trials and the qualification phase, there could be more anomalies. We’ll have to deal with them.”

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29 June 2015

Hinkley

Letter Vincent de Rivaz: YOUR report on Hinkley Point C nuclear power station ignored many of the critical arguments in favour of the project and imagined cheaper alternatives that do not exist (“Is nuclear power really worth it?”, last week). Wind and solar power will play an important part in our energy mix, but they cannot provide a reliable energy supply all day and all year round. In a British winter, when demand is high, solar output is low. On …

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28 June 2015

Radwaste

The president of the company that designs and sells the giant concrete and steel casks that will store Vermont Yankee’s waste for the foreseeable future told a Vermont panel Thursday night his invention will last for 300 years. Kris Singh, president and chief executive officer of Holtec International told the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel that his casks love cold weather and even love being flooded. He said the casks, which are made of two-inch thick stainless steel and …

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27 June 2015

Bradwell

A campaign group is seeking talks with Chinese developers over the future of a new Bradwell nuclear site. Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group has taken the unusual step of seeking direct discussions with the Chinese state-owned nuclear companies who are considering developing their own nuclear power station at the Bradwell site on land owned by EDF Energy. BANNG’s Chair, Professor Andy Blowers, has written to the heads of the China National Nuclear Corporation and the China General Nuclear Power Group …

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26 June 2015

Hinkley

The Austrian government is to file a legal challenge against the EU next week over its recent decision to allow the UK to fund a new nuclear plant using state aid. Austria believes the EU has breached its own rules on fair competition in the marketplace in making the decision, giving nuclear an unfair advantage over renewable energy technologies struggling for investment. Such a legal move will likely delay the UK government’s plans for a ‘nuclear renaissance’ by up to …

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25 June 2015

Hinkley

The Austrian government has announced its intention to take the commission to the European court of justice over state subsidies for UK-based two nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point. The UK government plans to finance the EDF Energy-developed reactor through subsidies amounting to €130 for each megawatt-hour of power generated over a period of 35 years – an amount which is twice the current market price for electricity. The subsidies – which Austria considers to be competition distorting, illegal state aid …

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24 June 2015

Hinkley

Austria is to officially file a legal complaint in Brussels against state subsidies for Britain’s planned new Hinkley Point nuclear power plant, the government in Vienna said. “We cannot accept that a technology such as this being portrayed through subsidies as being modern, sustainable and future-oriented,” Chancellor Werner Faymann said after a cabinet meeting. The complaint, which Vienna had already threatened in September and which will be filed next Monday, “is also of symbolic value against nuclear power”, the centre-left …

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23 June 2015

Bradwell

Fears have been raised over jobs and safety if a nuclear site is given “lock, stock and barrel” to a Chinese corporation. In 2011, the Government earmarked Bradwell as one of eight sites for a new nuclear power station to be built in the UK by 2025. China is already funding a new power station in Hinkley Point, Somerset, and a leading union – the GMB- is concerned this deal has been done on the basis that a Bradwell site …

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22 June 2015

Energy Policy

The boss of one of Europe’s biggest power companies has called for deep changes to the way the continent runs and regulates its electricity sector, urging an end to fossil fuel subsidies and a renewed focus on “efficient” renewable sources of energy. Iberdrola claims to be the biggest provider of wind power in the world, and Ignacio Galán, the executive chairman, told the Financial Times: “We are defenders of renewables — but we are defenders of renewables that are …

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21 June 2015

Hinkley

David Cameron is about to sign you up to pay for one of the most expensive man-made objects in the world. The proposed nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset will cost an estimated £24.5bn, take a decade to construct, and tie British households into an astonishingly expensive electricity subsidies until 2060. For that price you could pick up eight Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, build forty Royal London Hospitals, or pay for Crossrail – twice. You could also just …

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