News January 2017

31 January 2017

Moorside

The future of a new Cumbrian power plant is in doubt, after one of the key players admitted it is reviewing its involvement. A spokesman for Toshiba – which holds a 60 per cent stake in Moorside developer NuGen, alongside ENGIE of France – said it is re-examining all of its nuclear projects outside Japan. This includes the proposed nuclear new build at Moorside, near Sellafield. Last month Toshiba announced its US subsidiary, Westinghouse Electric, may have overpaid – by …

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30 January 2017

Wylfa

The first of two meetings asking people’s views on a new nuclear power station design will be held on Anglesey later. Horizon Nuclear Power propose to build and operate the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor design at Wylfa Newydd on the island. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and the Environment Agency will ask for views on their assessment of the design by Hitachi-GE. The consultation ends on 3 March. The public will have no influence on the technology used or the site …

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29 January 2017

Toshiba

Toshiba Corp. will cease taking orders related to the building of nuclear power stations, sources said Saturday, in a move that would effectively mark its withdrawal from the nuclear plant construction business. The news comes amid reports Toshiba’s chairman may resign over the massive write-down that has doomed the company’s U.S. nuclear business. The multinational conglomerate said Friday it will review its nuclear operations and spin off its chip business to raise funds in a bid to cover an …

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28 January 2017

Euratom

Britain’s first nuclear power station in two decades will be delayed by a government decision to quit Europe’s atomic power treaty, experts have warned. Ministers revealed on Thursday that Brexit would involve the UK leaving Euratom, which promotes research into nuclear power and uniform safety standards. The news poses problems for the Hinkley Point C station in Somerset, while raising questions over safety inspection regimes and the UK’s future participation in nuclear fusion research. EDF warned that restrictions on the …

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27 January 2017

Euratom

The new wave of British nuclear power stations was in jeopardy after the government announced it would pull out of a Europe-wide nuclear co-operation organisation. Ministers sneaked out the news that the UK would leave the European Atomic Energy Community, known as Euratom, within the notes accompanying the bill published yesterday to trigger Article 50, the process for leaving the European Union. Euratom was established through a 1957 treaty and plays a crucial role in ensuring compliance with international nuclear …

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26 January 2017

Sellafield

End in sight for reprocessing at Sellafield. Over the next 4 years, the commercial reprocessing of spent fuel at Sellafield will end, and the site will move to full-scale decommissioning. The decision was taken in 2012 to close THORP in 2018, once reprocessing of the current contracts is complete. It would have taken billions of pounds to upgrade THORP and its support plants to allow it to continue running beyond 2018. This was not a viable option. Instead, funding will …

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25 January 2017

Energy Policy – Scotland

Scottish Renewable has described the publication of a draft strategy on the future of energy in Scotland as a “landmark moment”. Earlier today, Minster for Business, Innovation and Strategy outlined the government’s plans for a low carbon future. It includes £50million of funding which will be made available to support 13 projects which demonstrate low carbon or renewable electricity, heating or storage solutions across Scotland. Jenny Hogan, director of policy, said: “This is a landmark moment in …

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24 January 2017

Sizewell

Community leaders are set to withhold their backing for a £14billion new nuclear power plant on the Suffolk coast – saying EDF Energy needs to do a lot more work to reassure the public. Senior councillors and officials are voicing “deep concerns” over some aspects of the latest consultation and how the impacts of the massive development will be mitigated. While they support the principal of a new power station and recognise the benefits for the local economy, they say …

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23 January 2017

Moorside

Toshiba is facing pressure to secure investment from a South Korean energy group and the UK government to keep afloat a multibillion-pound British nuclear power project as the Japanese conglomerate struggles with mounting financial difficulties. Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) has been in talks for months to join the NuGen consortium planning a nuclear plant at Moorside in Cumbria alongside Toshiba and Engie of France. The need for new partners has been increased by huge write-downs on Toshiba’s nuclear business …

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22 January 2017

Plant Life Extensions

THE nuclear industry is secretly bidding to relax safety standards to allow the doubling of the number of cracks in the radioactive cores of Scotland’s ageing reactors. EDF Energy is asking for the safety rules to be rewritten so that it can keep running its nuclear power stations at Hunterston in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian until they are at least 47 and 42 years old. They were originally designed to last 30 years. Prolonged radiation …

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