20 June 2010

Nuclear Subsidies

Letter Philip Lardner: The decision of the Con-LibDem coalition government to renege on the £80m loan promised by the outgoing Labour government to Sheffield Forgemasters is not only an example of bad and potentially spiteful government, but is also economically absurd. New nuclear reactors require very large stainless steel forgings – a manufacturing capability which the UK currently lacks. Sheffield Forgemasters intended to move into that market, with its investment potentially avoiding several billion pounds of imports from France or Japan. Along with other players in the UK engineering industry, such as Renfrew’s Doosan-Babcock, Forgemasters is working to create a network of UK firms that can together challenge the dominance of the United States and France in providing the reactors and associated large steel vessels for new nuclear plants. This decision will mean that literally thousands of highly-paid UK jobs and a strategic UK engineering capability will be lost forever.

Herald 19th June 2010 more >>


A bid to list buildings at the decommissioned Trawsfynydd nuclear power station in Gwynedd has been refused by Wales’ Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones.

BBC 19th June 2010 more >>


National Grid’s plans to build a new overhead electricity line between Bridgwater and Avonmouth, currently on show in a series of drop-in exhibitions, have attracted a steady stream of residents keen to find out more about the company’s proposals.

Nailsea People 19th June 2010 more >>


QUESTIONS are being raised about the value the Far North is getting from the extra £12 million the North’s development agency received to help the area cope with the rundown of Dounreay. Highlands and Islands Enterprise admits it cannot say how many jobs the £5m spent so far has created. Calls were made by community representatives this week for the outstanding cash to be ploughed into infrastructural projects that can help create new employment. They also voiced concern that more and more youngsters are leaving the area as a result of a shortage of apprenticeships and a new round of job losses at the nuclear plant.

John O Groat Journal 18th June 2010 more >>

AN administrative error is being blamed for misleading information supplied by Dounreay’s operators to an industry regulator. Local residents Brian Grant and Deirdre Henderson were unhappy a map showed an area immediately outwith the site’s eastern boundary had been monitored for radioactivity, when it had not. They were puzzled as it included a field rented by Ms Henderson from the nuclear site owners – which they knew had not been scanned. It has since emerged the confusion was caused by the map being sent in error by Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). The couple and other residents of Buldoo are up in arms over Dounreay’s new low-level waste dump, which is being built near their homes.

John O Groat Journal 18th June 2010 more >>

DOUNREAY’S operators have denied misleading industry regulators about radioactive monitoring on land adjoining the licensed site. According to a couple who stay in nearby Buldoo, Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) has claimed to have scanned ground when it has not done so. Brian Grant and Deirdre Henderson also complain DSRL has sought to obstruct their bid to buy a piece of land they currently rent from the owners of the nuclear plant.

John O Groat Journal 16th June 2010 more >>


When Lady Judge was told to shut down the UK Atomic Energy Authority, she had other ideas and instead turned it into a £50m coup. Ministers eventuallu opted for a trade sale. The timing was inauspicious. Bankers were appointed to find a buyer in the middle of the recession. “Everyone told me we would be lucky to get £20m. I told them we would get £50m and we did.” Babcock International, the engineering and support services group, fought off about 20 rival bids to complete he deal in October.

Times 20th June 2010 more >>


Flask at Willesden 17th June 2010 more >>


Sweden’s parliament has overturned a 30-year ban on building nuclear reactors. The legislation will allow construction of up to ten from next year to replace the ageing ones that still produce 40 per cent of the country’s electricity.

Daily Mail 19th June 2010 more >>


A competition between nuclear waste dumps has pulled the Nuclear Regulatory Commission into an unusual reconsideration of its rules to allow moderately radioactive materials to be diluted into a milder category that is easier to bury.

New York Times 18th June 2010 more >>

Southern Co. announced Friday that it is accepting $8.3 billion in federal loan guarantees from the federal government, setting the stage for the construction of the first new nuclear reactors in the United States in a generation. The loan guarantees are contingent on the project in Burke County winning approval from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Business Week 18th June 2010 more >>


FRANCE is ready to start talks with Iran over its nuclear programme at the International Atomic Energy Agency “without delay”, French leader Nicolas Sarkozy told Russian president Dmitry Medvedev yesterday. During a meeting with Medvedev, the French president said a fourth round of sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council this month were not aimed at punishing Iran, but at convincing the country’s leaders to return to negotiations on its nuclear programme.

Scotland on Sunday 20th June 2010 more >>


Controversial 1.7 billion proposals by Forth Ports and Scottish & Southern Energy to build four woodchip-burning power plants may be in danger of being rejected after several Scottish Government ministers appeared to speak out against them. Joint venture Forth Energys plans to build the 120MW biomass electricity plants in Edinburgh, Grangemouth, Dundee and Rosyth, to be formally proposed to the government for consent in the coming weeks, have been undermined by statements to wood suppliers by environment secretary Richard Lochhead and environment minister Roseanna Cunningham. Lochhead told a conference organised by the Confederation of Forest Industries (ConFor) several weeks ago: The Scottish Government is keen to see Scottish-produced biomass utilised mainly for heat-only or for combined heat and power plants … In terms of scale, we want to encourage new b iomass plants that are relatively small in scale, in order to both optimise local supply and to serve localised heat markets.

Sunday Herald 20th June 2010 more >>

Aquamarine Power, one of the front-runners in the wave energy race, has secured 6 million to develop its next prototype but is seeking a further 17m to get it finished. The Edinburgh-based company, which has a concession with part-owner Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) to develop a 200MW wave farm at Brough Head in the Pentland Firth south of Orkney, is seeking the funding for its Oyster 2 device over the next few months in a bid to get it into the water by next summer.

Sunday Herald 20th June 2010 more >>

An offshore turbine more than 500ft tall with a diameter of 475ft is already due to make an appearance in British waters within the next two years. But the 10 megawatt machine, dubbed Britannia, may only mark the start of a growing trend, according to the project’s leader Bill Grainger. He sees no reason why offshore turbines should not get even larger, since greater size and power make economic sense. Mr Grainger, who heads the Britannia design team, told The Engineer magazine: ‘‘There isn’t a technical issue that screams out size limit.

Telegraph 20th June 2010 more >>

With a fortune estimated at close to £100 million, Dale Vince, a former hippy who once lived in a truck, is probably Britain’s most successful eco-tycoon. The self-styled ‘Zero Carbonista’ has made his money – make that lots of money – from a wind farm empire that stretches from Somerset to Scotland. Not everybody is delighted by his financial acumen, however. Vocal critics complain that his company’s rapid growth is one of the most glaring examples of the huge sums that can be earned from the generous subsidies available to wind farm owners.

Telegraph 20th June 2010 more >>

Energy firms will receive thousands of pounds a day per wind farm to turn off their turbines because the National Grid cannot use the power they are producing.

Telegraph 20th June 2010 more >>

Nuclear Submarines

Worsening shortages of staff and funds could jeopardise the safety of Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons, the Ministry of Defence has secretly warned. In an internal safety report for 2009 just released under freedom of information law, the MoD says that it is facing increasing difficulties managing its nuclear programme, “with due regard for the protection of the workforce, the public and the environment”. Experts fear the outcome could be disastrous. They point out that the MoD has already run into major problems with decommissioning defunct nuclear submarines, and with leaks from its ageing radioactive waste facilities at the Faslane naval base in Gare Loch.

Sunday Herald 20th JUne 2010 more >>

Posted: 20 June 2010

19 June 2010

New Nukes

Charles Hendry’s speech to the Nuclear Investors’ Forum.

Environmental Expert 16th June 2010 more >>

THE UK government has withdrawn an £80m ($118m) loan promised by the previous administration to nuclear reactor manufacturer Sheffield Forgemasters.

The Chemical Engineer 18th June 2010 more >>

When The Engineer spoke to Sheffield Forgemasters ahead of last month’s election, its CFO Neil Maskrey professed confidence that the – now cancelled – £80M loan was election-proof. ‘Our firm belief is that our funding is earmarked, ring-fenced and will weather an election ’ he said.

The Engineer 18th June 2010 more >>

Yesterday’s decision by the UK government to withdraw its proposed loan of £80m to Sheffield Forgemasters is extraordinary. No other move could have had quite so much effect on the plans for nuclear power. Forgemasters wanted the money to buy a 15,000 tonne press, a necessary piece of equipment to make the pressure vessel at the centre of a power plant. Without the money, it says it will not proceed with its expansion into the nuclear market. The only other company currently making forgings of sufficient size for an international market, Japan Steel Works, has recently tripled its capacity to make 10 pressure vessels a year. But last year 11 new nuclear power stations were begun around the world and the pace is accelerating. 55 reactors were in full planning at the end of 2009 and in the US over 30 licence applications are under active discussion. Without the new investment by Sheffield Forgemasters, the waiting list for pressure vessels means that EDF’s plan to build at least one nuclear power plant in the UK by 2017 will be unattainable.

Guardian 18th June 2010 more >>

Sheffield’s hopes of becoming a leading player in the expanding civil nuclear sector have been dealt a body blow after the Government withdrew an £80 million loan for Sheffield Forgemasters International.

Sheffield Star 18th June 2010 more >>

The roadmap for the potential of nuclear in a world that reduces its carbon dioxide emissions by 50% by 2050 was produced by the International Energy Agency at the request of the Group of Eight industrialized nations (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and USA). In doing so it enlisted the help of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and the World Nuclear Association (WNA).

World Nuclear News 18th June 2010 more >>

Nuclear Safety

The Government Accountability Office has issued its findings on the Convention on Nuclear Safety, which is a consortium of 64 nations that operate civilian nuclear programs. They meet every three years in Vienna, Austria under the umbrella of the International Atomic Energy Agency — a process that the congressional watchdog agency says has “strengthened” nuclear safety.

Commodities Now 18th June 2010 more >>


Dungeness B Project Assessment Report (PAR) Executive Summary: The agreement to replace the existing BGOT TRTU’s with new equipment is now available to read on the Nuclear website.

HSE 18th June 2010 more >>


Business in the Burnham area can find out next month how to take advantage of plans to build a new reactor at Hinklry.

Burnham-on-sea,com 18th June 2010 more >>


Horizon Energy is backing the Anglesey Energy Island Programme.

Daily Post 18th June 2010 more >>

A new vision of Anglesey as an island of energy making use of wind, tidal, biomass, nuclear power and other micro-generation projects was launched today.

News Wales 18th June 2010 more >>

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Grapevine Magazine 18th June 2010 more >>


And what will be Suffolk Preservation Society’s policy on plans for Sizewell C? “If it is in the national interest for Suffolk to be host to another nuclear power station at an incredibly sensitive part of the coast then we will be looking for mitigation measures in terms of the local environment and benefits for the local community,” he said. “Suffolk has given an awful lot in terms of hosting Sizewell A and B. I would like to see the A station decommissioned as a matter of urgency because that would help the people of Suffolk to accept the premise that the nuclear presence is transitory,” he added.

East Anglian Daily Times 18th June 2010 more >>


The Swedish parliament narrowly approved a law on Thursday to construct a new generation of nuclear power plants. The legislation squeaked through the Riksdag by 174 votes to 172, with the Social Democrats and the Green and Left parties amongst those opposing the move.

Morning Star 19th June 2010 more >>

Telegraph 19th June 2010 more >>

World Nuclear News 18th June 2010 more >>


The Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) said that the country will have a 1000 MWe nuclear power plant in operation by 2019.

World Nuclear News 18th June 2010 more >>


Saving Trident at the expense of soldiers may see voters go ballistic.

Telegraph 15th June 2010 more >>

Nuclear Asia

As China and India enter new stages in nuclear arsenal development, including ICBM capabilities and plans for a nuclear-armed submarine fleet, strategic dialogue is needed to reduce the risk of political tension caused by mutual uncertainty.

Oil 18th June 2010 more >>

Posted: 19 June 2010

18 June 2010

Nuclear Subsidy

The Treasury has today confirmed that it has axed the £80m loan to nuclear industry components supplier Sheffield Forgemasters that had been promised by the previous government. In an address to the House of Commons, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander confirmed that the project had been cancelled as part of the review of spending commitments made since the start of the year. Alexander said that the projects that had been cancelled with immediate effect were either “simply unaffordable”, did not meet with the new government’s priorities, or did not represent good value for money. The £80m loan had been earmarked to pay for the installation of a forging press to make components for nuclear reactors, and had been hailed by the previous government as evidence of its support for low carbon industries.

Business Green 17th June 2010 more >>

So much for government action to rebalance the economy in favour of manufacturing. So much for investment in a low-carbon future. So much for painless cuts that simply eliminate waste. The decision to scrap the £80m loan provided by Gordon Brown’s administration to Sheffield Forgemasters to support the civil nuclear supply chain is a reality check for those who imagined cutting Britain’s deficit would be a painless process.

Guardian 18th June 2010 more >>

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The Engineer 17th June 2010 more >>

Business secretary Vince Cable and his coalition government handed a major coup to Japanese workers at the expense of British manufacturing after cancelling an £80million loan to Sheffield Forgemasters. The decision was roundly criticised because it leaves home grown manufacturers of nuclear equipment without a place at the top table in the £40billion programme to build a new fleet of atomic power plants in Britain. Although relatively small, the loan would have enabled the company to build a 15,000 tonne forging press and finishing facility in Sheffield that could produce the ultra-large components, such as reactor pressure vessels, that are key to modern nuclear reactors.

Daily Mail 18th June 2010 more >>

Mr Alexander’s axe fell three times on Sheffield, potentially costing the constituency of Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, more than £100 million. Along with the Forgemasters loan, which had been intended to support the nuclear industry, a £13 million industrial park was cancelled and £12 million plans to modernise the city’s shopping centre suspended.

Times 18th June 2010 more >>

Opposition anger focused on the decision to scrap an £80m loan to the company Sheffield Forgemasters to build a press to make components for the nuclear industry. The firm said the money would have helped create 180 jobs, while unions claimed the Government’s decision would cost thousands of jobs and undermine the move towards a low-carbon economy.

Independent 18th June 2010 more >>

The government wants to have a floor price for carbon, “By the end of the next decade, when new plant comes on line”, according to energy minister Charles Hendry. Hendry was speaking at a Nuclear Industry Forum, but he said the floor price would be there to support new renewable energy and carbon capture and storage as well as new nuclear power stations. He said his department was looking for a carbon price mechanism that would “drive investment through the next decade” but one that would not penalise existing fossil fuel plants or give a financial boost to nuclear power plants near the end of their lives.

Utility Week 17th June 2010 more >>

Despite a split in the UK’s new Coalition Government over nuclear power, Minister of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change Charles Hendry yesterday reiterated support for new capacity but without subsidies. Addressing the Nuclear Industry Forum, Hendry said: “The coalition agreement clearly sees a role for new nuclear, provided that there is no subsidy. We are clear. It is for private sector energy companies to construct, operate and decommission new nuclear plants.” He added, however, that the Coalition Government would remove “unnecessary” obstacles to the development of new nuclear power and work with the industry to win over public opinion.

Energy Efficiency News 17th June 2010 more >>

EDF Energy has welcomed the government’s position on building new nuclear power stations without subsidies, which was set out in a speech to the Nuclear Industry Forum.

The Engineer 17th June 2010 more >>

AN MP is demanding government “come clean” on what it believes constitutes a subsidy to the nuclear industry. Copeland MP Jamie Reed said most other forms of energy received a subsidy and nuclear should be no different. He said: “It is time for the Liberal-Tory Alliance to come clean on what they believe constitutes nuclear subsidy. Virtually every other electricity generating source is subsidies in some way, so way not nuclear? Surely there should be a level playing field for investors?”

Carlisle News & Star 17th June 2010 more >>

New Nukes

The new Government believes nuclear power will play a “key role” in the future – signalling that the building of new reactors in the West is almost a certainty. The new Energy Minister declared yesterday that nuclear would feature in the coalition’s plans for providing Britain’s energy – as long as there is no cost to the taxpayer. Chris Hendry, the Conservative minister, stressed that he will press on with plans drawn up under Labour even though coalition partners the Liberal Democrats oppose them. Labour had earmarked Hinkley Point in Somerset and Oldbury in South Gloucestershire as favoured sites for new nuclear power stations.

This is Somerset 17th June 2010 more >>

One quirk of the coalition Government is that the man in charge of delivering Britain’s first new nuclear power stations in a generation has spent his career campaigning against them. Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne knows he must tread carefully as Energy and Climate Secretary as the nuclear issue could put the coalition under considerable strain. The agreement says the Lib Dems “have long opposed any new nuclear construction” while the Tories are committed to replacing existing stations, as long as they receive no public subsidy.

This is Somerset 17th June 2010 more >>

The International Energy Agency and OECD Nuclear Energy Agency have just jointly launched the new Nuclear Energy Technology Roadmap. Almost one quarter of global electricity could be generated from nuclear power by 2050, making a major contribution to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. This is the central finding of the Nuclear Energy Technology Roadmap, published today by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). Such an expansion will require nuclear generating capacity to more than triple over the next 40 years, a target the roadmap describes as ambitious but achievable.

Commodities Now 17th June 2010 more >>


Toshiba Corp., Japan’s second- biggest supplier of reactors, plans to double overseas nuclear sales by 2015 and invest 50 billion yen ($550 million) a year in its power business to tap growing demand.

Business Week 17th June 2010 more >>


The risks associated with green marketing campaigns were underlined today when energy compasny EDF found itself facing a blistering attack from rival energy firm Ecotricity and environmental group Greenpeace over the credibility of its annual Green Britain Day event. The organisations accused EDF’s high-profile campaign of being guilty of “ greenwash” given that the company remains one of the UK’s largest producer of nuclear and coal-power energy.

Business Green 17th June 2010 more >>

Energy Supplies

Urgent decisions are required on nuclear power, carbon capture and storage for coal-fired power stations and renewable energy if the UK is to plug a looming energy gap, new research has warned. The report noted that some 11GW of coal and oil-fired generation capacity is set to be shut down by 2015 and that seven nuclear power stations will reach the end of their lives in 2018. At the same time, the report said, demand for electricity is set to grow because of electrification in the transport sector and other areas of the economy. The ICE also said that urgent efforts were required to insulate existing building stock as well as new homes and commercial buildings.

Professional Engineering 17th June 2010 more >>

Britain will miss its legal target to cut emissions by 80% by the middle of the century unless action is taken to cut greenhouse pollution from gas-powered stations, influential government advisers warned today. In a letter to Chris Huhne, the climate secretary, the climate change committee said the government’s existing pledge to fit new coal power stations with expensive carbon capture and storage equipment should be extended to new gas generators as well. Such a move could see the UK be the first in the world to build such a plant and capitalise on a new “dash for gas”.

To avoid missing carbon targets the committee said the government should change its promise to fund up to four trials of carbon capture and storage (CCS) equipment on coal stations and do “at least one” of the demonstrations with gas power. About 24 new gas-powered station – adding up to 29 gigawatts of power – are under construction or in the planning process, compared with two planning applications for new coal generators, and a handful of other mooted projects.

Guardian 18th June 2010 more >>


DSRL has published its latest progress report on the implementation of the particles clean-up programme.

DSRL June 2010 more >>


The Anglesey Energy Island concept describes how the isle of Anglesey off the North Wales coast in the UK can maximise its natural advantages due to its location and renewable resources. Momentum is building up for projects to come on stream as the Welsh Assembly Government First Minister Carwyn Jones AM, visits Anglesey to launch the formal organisation in Menai Bridge on Friday. The secretariat aims to drive and co-ordinate the various energy projects and initiatives and help transform the island economy and boost skilled job opportunities.

Newswire 17th June 2010 more >>

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Pressure groups such as Stop Hinkley have rightly, and admirably, given a voice to those who oppose power generation of this ilk. Their arguments are pertinent – the report by Stop Hinkley into the increase in cancer rates in certain areas around the power station, although acknowledged by the local health authority, probably warrants more attention than it has received in the higher echelons of Government. But the coalition will always point to the plethora of scientists who insist the reactors are safe, and that this is the cleanest way. In 2017 it is likely a new reactor will sit in Somerset and it won’t look particularly pretty. But if we embrace the benefits it can bring it will make swallowing the nuclear pill easier.

Bristol Evening Post 17th June 2010 more >>


Poland may not fulfill its plan to build two nuclear plants by 2020 because the country lacks nuclear expertise and regulation governing the construction of nuclear facilities, a group of nuclear experts said Thursday during a conference on energy security.

Platts 11th June 2010 more >>


Sweden’s parliament on Thursday narrowly passed a landmark government proposal allowing the replacement of nuclear reactors at the end of their life span. The centre-right coalition government’s proposal in February last year to reverse an earlier decision to phase out nuclear power was approved by parliament after an all-day debate, with 174 votes in favour and 172 against.

AFP 17th June 2010 more >>

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FT 18th June 2010 more >>


JORDAN is set on becoming the Middle East’s newest nuclear power, the country’s King Abdullah has revealed. He told the Wall Street Journal that Israel was pressuring countries like South Korea and France not to provide nuclear technology to Jordan. Abdullah added that Israel’s “underhanded” actions had helped bring Jordan-Israeli relations to their lowest point since a 1994 peace agreement.

Jewish Telegraph 18th June 2010 more >>


South Korea aims to sign an estimated $10 billion nuclear power plant project in Turkey as soon as possible, its economy minister said on Thursday, as the nation tries to build up its nuclear power exports.

Interactive Investor 17th June 2010 more >>

Posted: 18 June 2010

17 June 2010

Nuclear Subsidy

An 80m government loan to support Britain’s civil nuclear supply chain is set to be axed, barring a last- minute reprieve, as the result of a Treasury review of pre-election spending by the last government expected to be announced today. Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, is expected to tell MPs that most of the business-related loans and grants in the review of post-January spending decisions have been spared. Pat McFadden, shadow business secretary, sounded a warning note over the 80m government loan to Sheffield Forgemasters, which the FT understands is set to be axed, barring a last minute intervention by Downing Street. Dropping the loan part of a financing package designed to enable the company to build the specialist, ultra-large forgings required for modern civil nuclear reactors would be seen as totemic of a wider shift in industrial policy. “If the government pulls the plug on this loan, it will display a complete lack of vision and ambition for British policy in the worldwide nuclear supply chain,” Mr McFadden said.

FT 17th June 2010 more >>

Nuclear Costs

Letter from Darren Johnson: The consultation document reveals that EDF considers their full share of these costs to be around 20% of the total. As our report Nuclear Power? No Point! highlighted last year, nuclear is only responsible for 4% of the energy consumed in the UK. More energy can be saved by energy conservation measures in homes and businesses. Focusing on the nuclear industry takes resources away from building new renewable capacity, which, given sufficient political will, could provide more than enough electricity for the UK.

David Toke: EDF’s claim that they “have not asked for subsidy for new nuclear” is not all that it seems. EDF will be receiving huge sums of windfall profits under government proposals for a floor price on carbon emission allowances. British Energy will greatly expand its profits for no increase in nuclear power production, all subsidised by electricity consumers.

Eddie Dougall: Paul Spence’s defence of new nuclear power stations based on the assertion that they won’t be a financial burden to the public ignores the taxpayer’s liability in the event of a “new Chernobyl”. No insurance company will offer cover for such an event or the consequences of a terrorist attack or any other less serious but still unquantifiable risk. In its determination to sanction new nuclear power plants, the government is underwriting these risks; without such an undertaking no commercial company would even contemplate building a new nuclear power station. No hidden subsidies?

Guardian 17th June 2010 more >>

New Nukes

Energy minister Charles Hendry will today underline the government’s commitment to building a new fleet of nuclear power plants in the UK, outlining how it plans to remove “unnecessary” barriers to the construction of new reactors. Hendry will tell the Nucelar Industry Forum that the government will support new nuclear plants that can demonstrate that they can be built, operated and decommissioned without recourse to public subsidy.

Business Green 16th June 2010 more >>

Guadian 16th June 2010 more >>

The problem is that while the rhetoric indicates a balanced energy policy, what little action we have seen since the new government took office suggests the nuclear industry is beginning to establish itself as top dog. It was the nuclear industry that requested and got meetings with DECC ministers within days of their taking office, just as it has been the nuclear industry that today received a clear signal from energy minister Charles Hendry that the government will remove the “unnecessary” barriers it faces. In fact, Hendry’s speech boiled down to a remarkably unequivocal message: “don’t worry, we’ll look after you”.In contrast, the renewables sector is still awaiting clarity on numerous issues. Huhne may have stressed his commitment to the industry and there is universal agreement that as a Lib Dem his support for the sector runs deep. But where is the clarification on how the government plans to extend the feed in tariff to all renewable projects? Where is the detail on how it will make good on its commitment to accelerate the development of marine and anaerobic digestion technologies? Where is the evidence that the promised Green Investment Bank will prove effective? Where is the information on what is going to happen to the renewable heat sector? Where is the promise to address the UK’s flawed, anti-wind farm planning regime? Where is the timeline for answering all these questions?

Business Green 16th June 2010 more >>

Greenhouse gas emissions could be slashed by tripling the capacity of nuclear power over the next 40 years, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The Nuclear Energy Technology Roadmap, which has been drawn up together with the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), sets an “ambitious but achievable” target of generating nearly a quarter of the world’s electricity using nuclear power by 2050.

Energy Efficiency News 16th June 2010 more >>

Radioactive Waste

INDEPENDENT experts are taking a close look at West Cumbria in the search to find the right place to bury highly active radioactive waste. Most of it is produced and stored at Sellafield. The British Geological Society (BGS) has been commissioned by the Government to carry out a survey but at this stage it will assess only information currently available. It is also stressed that the main aim is to ‘screen out’ areas which prove unsuitable for a waste repository deep underground. Nirex spent millions during the 1990s on investigations which included drilling boreholes around Sellafield to see whether the ground might be suitable. Longlands Farm, near Gosforth, was then the “preferred” location of both Nirex and BNFL, the former Sellafield operators, but later the conditions were said to be ‘flawed’ by a government inspector after holding a public inquiry into Nirex’s application to build a rock laboratory at Longlands. This was to determine whether the geology was suitable and safe.

Whitehaven News 16th June 2010 more >>

PLANS for a low-level radioactive waste dump at Keekle Head have met no objections from Allerdale Council. The council’s development panel discussed the plans, put forward by Endecom UK last week. The council is being consulted about the plans, which will be decided by Cumbria County Council. Some members felt the development would create jobs and wanted to defer its comments to see what the new government’s strategy on nuclear would be, and whether it would bring any socio-economic benefits to the area. Concerns were also raised that West Cumbria could become a dumping ground for other people’s rubbish if the plan went ahead.

Whitehaven News 16th June 2010 more >>


CRUNCH time looms at Sellafield over both job losses and how suppliers will be affected by cuts. Jobs among agency staff are already being shed as management and unions thrash out ways of trying to reduce 800 planned permanent payroll redundancies. Today The Whitehaven News can reveal that businesses supplying Sellafield will be expected to give more value for money.

Whitehaven News 16th June 2010 more >>

Waste Transport

CAMPAIGNERS are set to rail against mammoth freight trains hauling nuclear waste past their homes at all hours of the night. A stall will be set up at Harringay railway station, off Green Lanes, Harringay, from 11am-1pm, on Saturday to protest against the “dangerous” transportations along the newly-upgraded Barking to Gospel Oak train line.

Muswell Hill Journal 16th June 2010 more >>


CH2M Hill, a global consulting, design, construction and operations firm, has appointed Richard Waite as managing director, commercial nuclear, Europe & Middle East.

Whitehaven News 16th June 2010 more >>


Egypt is to open its first solar farm by the end of the year, in a move that will further underline North Africa’s emergence as one of the world’s most exciting solar energy markets.

Business Green 15th June 2010 more >>

The Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) has highlighted Scotland’s well-renowned natural assets as a key driver for its sustainable future. The SCDI has published its ‘Blueprint for Scotland’, which recommends a major construction programme for offshore wind farms, along with the capture and storage of carbon emissions from fossil fuel burning power stations. It suggests that, as the natural environment already supports a large part of the Scottish economy, this affords the potential to be a world leader in sustainable cities, regions and communities.

Public Service 16th June 2010 more >>


Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, hinted today that he may be ready to resume nuclear talks – but only after the west had been punished for imposing new sanctions.

Guardian 17th June 2010 more >>

Posted: 17 June 2010

16 June 2010

New Nukes

Energy minister Charles Hendry will today set out the government’s support for new nuclear power, in the face of opposition from the Conservatives’ coalition partners the Liberal Democrats. Hendry will tell the Nuclear Industry Forum that there is a role for new nuclear plants, provided they do not require public subsidies. The Conservative junior minister said conversations he has had with companies suggest they are willing to invest without being subsidised from the public purse. But the government will have a role in taking steps to remove unnecessary barriers to building new nuclear power stations. Government support is likely to include a strong floor price for carbon, which could be introduced in next week’s emergency Budget, pushing up the price of allowances for polluting and incentivising investment in low-carbon power such as nuclear.

New Civil Engineer 16th June 2010 more >>

EDf Energy has softened its claim that new-build nuclear would be supplying power to the UK grid by christmas 2017. EDF Energy chief executive Vincent de Rivaz had promised that consumers in the UK would be lighting their christmas lights using electricity from a new nuclear station in 2017, but speaking at a UK-French nuclear reception on Tuesday he gave early 2018 as the date that “the first of our four reactors will be up and running”. He signalled a delay in the company’s investment decision on the first nuclear project , saying EDF would take a final investment decision next year. Last year, Humprey Cadoux-Hudson, EDF Energy head of nuclear new-build, told Utility Week in an interview that he expected the final investment decision would be taken this summer.

Utility Week 15th June 2010 more >>

Supply Chain

MORE than 100 delegates from around the country visited Yorkshire for an event which highlighted opportunities that the UK’s new civil nuclear build programme could present to the manufacturing sector. The Advanced Manufacturing Forum (AMF), hosted in association with the Sheffield Region: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials project, was held at the AMP Technology Centre in Rotherham.

Business Desk 15th June 2010 more >>


Former Energy Secretary John Hutton has landed a lucrative job in the nuclear industry weeks after standing down as an MP.

Mr Hutton, 55, is to join the board of U.S. firm Hyperion Power Generation Inc, which is hoping to make billions from the sale of mini nuclear reactors. The move comes less than two years after Mr Hutton was moved from his post as Energy Secretary, where he angered many Labour activists by adopting an outspoken stance in favour of nuclear power.

Daily Mail 16th June 2010 more >>

Low Level Waste

As expected, Augean have appealed against the decision by Northamptonshire County Council to reject its application to dump Low Level Waste in the King’s Cliffe landfill. The Secretary of State, Chris Huhne, has called in the appeal as an issue of ‘national significance’. This means that the Planning Inspector will report directly to him, and he (Chris Huhne) will decide. The appeal will be heard at a public inquiry, starting on 26th October, 10.00am, venue to be confirmed. If you wish to speak you must be there on the first morning.

Kings Cliffe Waste Watchers 15th June 2010 more >>


CH2M Hill, the global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm, has appointed Richard Waite as Managing Director, Commercial Nuclear, Europe & Middle East. Waite, who will take up his new position in September, joins CH2M Hill from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority where he was Executive Director, Delivery. In his new role, Mr. Waite will lead CH2M Hill’s work in the commercial nuclear sector in the UK and drive forward pursuits in programme management of new nuclear build developments in Europe and the Middle East.

Nuclear Engineering International 14th June 2010 more >>

P yry has acquired 97.8% of Hungary’s largest privately owned power sector consulting engineering company as the consultancy moves to enhance its nuclear sector capabilities.

World Nuclear News 15th June 2010 more >>

An advanced form of nuclear reactor that could one day provide up to 100 years of carbon-free energy while effectively processing its own waste inched a step closer to reality yesterday, when a secretive US start-up working on the technology announced that it has raised an additional $35m (£23.7m) in funding.

Business Green 15th June 2010 more >>


Radiation Free Lakeland is supporting Australian unions who have banned members from working in the nuclear industry. Largely unreported in the British press, the Victorian branch of the ETU has given its full support to the Queensland and the Northern Territories branches’ decision to ban members from working in uranium mines, nuclear power plants or any part of the nuclear fuel cycle. Marianne Birkby, for RFL said that she had written to the Australian unions congratulating them on their stand against the “dangerous technology of nuclear power.”

Get Noticed Online 14th June 2010 more >>


In the most “Woody Allen esque” protest I’ve seen in a while, 50 activists dressed as renewable energy sources (sun, wind, water) used a fire truck to get into one of the dodgiest nuclear plants in Sweden.

Nuclear Reaction 14th June 2010 more >>


Wine growers living in the shadow of a French nuclear reactor have been allowed to scrub the reactor’s name from their appellation after years of complaining that no-one wanted to drink their “radioactive” produce.

Telegraph 16th June 2010 more >>

French nuclear output availability fell at the start of the week, with almost 30pc of the fleet remaining off line today. At least three units were taken off line at the weekend for planned maintenance, repairs or inspections, while one was reconnected to the grid at the start of the week. Cruas’ 890MW unit 1 was out of service for refuelling, while at Gravelines, the 910MW unit 2 was reconnected in time for the centre’s equally sized unit 5 to be taken off line for annual maintenance. Saint Laurence’s 900MW unit 1 was disconnected from the grid for inspections. Overall availability remained slightly above the day-ahead forecast for today, at 45.4GW. French grid operator RTE expects nuclear capacity to decline this week, bottoming out at 44.9GW at the weekend before rising by almost 2GW at the start of the following week.

Argus Media 15th June 2010 more >>


The German Ministry of Finance has envisaged an additional 2.3 billion ($2.8 billion) per year ‘windfall tax’ on nuclear operators as part of the 2011 Federal Budget and its financial plan up to 2014.

World Nuclear News 15th June 2010 more >>


Jordan’s King Abdullah II has accused Israel of making “underhand” efforts to prevent the Middle Eastern country from developing a peaceful nuclear energy programme. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, King Abdullah said Israel had sought to persuade countries such as France and South Korea not to sell Jordan the nuclear technology it needs to develop its own civilian nuclear power industry.

Independent 16th June 2010 more >>


The EU will increase the pressure on Iran on Thursday by unveiling more sanctions, including banning investment in the country’s key energy sector. The measures will also include blacklisting and freezing the assets of members of the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. A draft declaration on Iran, obtained by the Guardian and to be agreed by European government chiefs at a Brussels summit, states that “new restrictive measures have become inevitable” because of Tehran’s suspect nuclear programme and its refusal to negotiate over it.

Guardian 16th June 2010 more >>

Iran is designing a new nuclear reactor to make radio isotopes that will be “more powerful” than those from its existing Tehran research facility, atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi said on Wednesday.

Middle East Online 16th June 2010 more >>


Russia has launched a nuclear-powered attack submarine that took 17 years to build because of funding shortages following the Soviet collapse.

Reuters 15th June 2010 more >>


A draft plan for Japanese power supplies to 2030 sees nuclear power expand with at least 14 new reactors on top of today’s fleet of 55. Prepared by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Basic Energy Plan to 2030 sets out milestones for the energy mix. In 2020 the total proportion of non carbon emitting generation should be 50%, rising to 70% in 2030 compared to today’s 34%.

World Nuclear News 15th June 2010 more >>


Rebecca Johnson: The NPT Review provided a bridge between the partial non-proliferation approach of the NPT and the comprehensive abolition objectives of a nuclear weapons convention. It will no longer be possible for governments to dismiss calls for a comprehensive nuclear abolition treaty.

Open Democracy 15th June 2010 more >>

Zero Carbon Britain

The vision of Zero Carbon Britain in 2030 is set out in a report published today by the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), and backed by organisations including four universities and the Met Office, and experts including Sir John Haughton, former co-chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In just two decades it claims the nation can eliminate greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 637m tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2007. Ninety percent of this would be achieved by eliminating the most wasteful uses of energy, increasing renewable electricity and heating, and transforming land use and farming. The remaining 10% or 67m tonnes would be “offset” by capturing the equivalent emissions from the atmosphere by growing willow, ash, pine, oak and other trees on land freed up by almost abolishing animal grazing. Despite setting more ambitious timetables than demanded of Britain, the pace and scale of transition is “entirely possible”, said Viki Johnson of the New Economics Foundation and one of the report’s authors. “The solutions exist, what has been missing to date is the political will to implement them.”

Guardian 16th June 2010 more >>

Posted: 16 June 2010

15 June 2010


Simon Highes: “The Tories have to understand what is a huge priority for us – for example, fairer taxation for those on lower incomes, which requires those with broader shoulders to take a greater sharer of the responsibility. The coalition would not be a happy place if they [the Tories] did not understand that.” He also listed university tuition fees, nuclear power, nuclear disarmament and supporting the people of Gaza as priority areas in which the Liberal Democrats would want to influence Government policy. All could create tension with the Tories.

Independent 14th June 2010 more >>

Nuclear Subsidies

Your article on the costs associated with nuclear reactors addresses a fundamental question about how we de-carbonise our energy supply, and who pays (Nuclear waste offer ‘has hidden subsidy’, 3 June). But the suggestion that EDF Energy was engaged in “behind-the scenes lobbying” to gain a “hidden subsidy” is wrong. We were responding to an open pre-consultation by government. This invited views from all parties, including ourselves and NGOs, on the price for radioactive waste disposal. We work hard to be part of the debate and recently set out our commitment to transparency. We have always been open that we expect to pay the full costs of decommissioning and our full share of the waste management and disposal costs from our new-build programme.

Guardian 15th June 2010 more >>

The facultative market could be set to benefit from changes to internationally agreed limits for nuclear liability cover, which will increase the current limits for operators’ liability for nuclear power plants from EUR210mn to EUR700mn, Inside FAC understands. The current situation regarding third-party liabilities for nuclear power plants is complicated, as exact regulations differ according to geography, with cover in many countries provided by a variety of pooled associations. In the UK, for example, the third-party liability limit is £140mn.

Inside FAC 14th June 2010 more >>

Wylfa and Oldbury

Plans are under way to extend the life of the UK’s oldest nuclear reactors, which would ease the government’s need to find an extra 4bn for clean-up funding. The Wylfa reactor on Anglesey, due to close at the end of the year, would remain open until at least 2012 if safety regulators agree. The extra electricity generated by the reactor, which began operations in 1971, would earn its parent, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), up to an extra 500m in revenue. EnergySolutions, the US company which operates the old Magnox reactor sites for the NDA, is also looking for a further life extension of the Oldbury reactor. It is the UK’s oldest operating nuclear plant, opened in 1968, and recently regulator s gave it approval to remain open until mid 2011. EnergySolutions is preparing to begin work on another extension soon.

Guardian 15th June 2010 more >>


Morecambe & Lunesdale MP David Morris affirmed his support for the Heysham 3 proposal during his election campaign. Currently running an anti-Heysham Wind Farm campaign on his website (on aesthetic grounds) he has frequently extolled the beauties of Sunderland Point whilst perhaps failing to notice the potential impact of a third reactor on its coastline.

Virtual Lancaster 14th June 2010 more >>


AFTER MORE than 20 years, four administrations and billions of dollars spent, Yucca Mountain is the one place in America that a new Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future cannot look to put this country’s nuclear waste. Created by the Obama administration after it jettisoned the Nevada project, the commission, which will meet for the third time in July, is to make its recommendations two years from now — rendering any action unlikely until after the 2012 elections. The commission’s mandate says that it will focus on “strategy” rather than “implementation” — in other words, it will not even search for replacement sites. Instead, among other initiatives, it will study potential technologies to reprocess spent nuclear fuel.

Washington Post 14th June 2010 more >>

TerraPower, a nuclear energy start-up backed by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, has raised $35m (£23.7m) in a new round of funding to aid the development of a reactor fuelled by nuclear waste. Concerns about global warming and efforts to reduce carbon emissions have sparked renewed interest in nuclear energy as a clean fuel, but the difficulty of disposing of spent uranium and fear of accidents have made the technology controversial.

City AM 15th June 2010 more >>

Reuters 14th June 2010 more >>


Hong Kong’s largest power supplier, said it had recorded a small rise in radioactivity in reactor cooling water at a nuclear plant in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen last month. CLP’s statement followed a report by Washington-based Radio Free Asia that the Daya Bay nuclear plant had suffered a large radiation leak that was threatening public safety.

Reuters 15th June 2010 more >>


South Korea said on Tuesday it had signed an MOU with Turkey to cooperate on nuclear power projects, an agreement seen helping Seoul win a plant order from Istanbul worth an estimated $10 billion later this year.

Interactive Investor 15th May 2010 more >>


The police arrested dozens of Greenpeace activists on Monday after they broke into the Forsmark nuclear power plant north of Stockholm before a planned vote this week on whether to replace the country’s existing reactors, many of which were built in the 1970s. The protesters object to the proposed law, which would allow the reactors to be replaced or refurbished.

New York Times 14th June 2010 more >>

Morning Star 14th June 2010 more >>

Greenpeace Press Release 14th June 2010 more >>


Iran is at the centre of a global storm: targeted by new sanctions, suspected by Washington, defended by Brazil and Turkey. But the complex diplomacy around its nuclear programme could be ended by decisions made not in the United States but in Israel.

Oil Price 14th June 2010 more >>

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton has written to Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili inviting him to talks as Europe plans new sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear programme.

Yahoo 14th June 2010 more >>

Posted: 15 June 2010

14 June 2010

New Nukes

CENTRICA’S finance director Nick Luff is busy trying to work out if the new coalition energy secretary Chris Huhne is a man the country’s largest gas and electricity supplier can do business with. Huhne – a Liberal Democrat – had previously described nuclear power as a “failed technology.” But that was before he scented the beautful aroma of power: now firmly ensconced in the cabinet, Huhne last month said that he now backed the government’s policy of building 10 new nuclear power stations over the next 20 years, as long as no public subsidy is used. This matters to Centrica, which runs British Gas, because it owns a 20 per cent stake in British Energy (which it bought for £12.5bn two years ago along with French rival EDF). The two firms propose to erect two French-designed enhanced pressurised reactors at Hinckley Point and then two more at Sizewell at around £4bn each, with the first one ready by 2017 at the earliest.

City AM 14th June 2010 more >>


THE £4 billion auction of Britain’s biggest electricity distribution network could be delayed by a dispute over how to fill a hole of £100m or more in its pension fund. EDF Energy, the French power group, put the business which provides power to 7.8m homes in southeast England up for sale a year ago. Final bids are due on June 21. Sources close to the auction, however, said bidders were warned last week that the process could be pushed back because of the pension issue.

Sunday Times 13th June 2010 more >>


A new power station at Dungeness and the expansion of Lydd Airport would be insane. Nuclear power is not the Green alternative it is passed off as, and must have no part in the future of power generation. Though the nuclear reaction itself is carbon neutral, the mining, processing and transport of uranium is a massively polluting practice and uses yet more oil. Because of the long-term costs of waste storage, nuclear power is inevitably more expensive than any other form of energy production.

Steven Campkin (Green Party) 13th June 2010 more >>


Most new Wylfa B jobs will be for incomers, and the power generated will go to North West England, losing up to 30 per cent of the power generated in the process. Why isn’t it being built closer to where it’s needed, rather than out on a limb on Anglesey? There also appears to be an agenda going on with the media reporting of the support for a new Wylfa being decidedly one-sided. There are plenty of people who don’t want it, but the pro-Wylfa B set seem to get most of the coverage.

Anglesey Today 7th June 2010 more >>


Letter from David Lowry: I agree with much of what Steven Schofield writes about the bizarre outcome of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) conference, ending up cheerleading for an out-of-date, last century, expensive, hazardous and essentially irrelevant power generation technology in nuclear energy But I differ with his assertion that “parliamentary lobbying by the peace movement has proven to be a dead end.” Despite the clear majority in public opinion polls opposed to Trident modernisation and the £20bn price tag, all the major parties – including the Lib Dems in coalition – are committed to replacement.” In a little-noticed written answer to new Green MP Caroline Lucas, on June 7 (Hansard, column 11), who had asked the MOD if Trident would be included in the strategic defence review, she was told by Tory Defence Secretary Liam Fox: “Both the value for money review of the Trident programme and the re-examination of the UK’s declaratory nuclear policy will be conducted within the framework of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.” It is thus now up to the peace movement and progressive MPs to make sure the opposition arguments are fully aired.

Morning Star 14th June 2010 more >>


Scottish Nationalists have challenged candidates taking part in the Labour leadership hustings in Glasgow to make clear their position on renewing Trident nuclear weapons system. More than 500 Scottish Labour Party activists gathered at Royal Concert Hall to hear from brothers Ed and David Miliband, Diane Abbott, Andy Burnham and Ed Balls. The candidates faced questions on the banking crisis, the recession and how Labour would handle the economy. Mr Balls came under fire after suggesting that nuclear power station planning decisions should be taken back to Britain. He said that the Scottish Parliament could not be allowed to block nuclear power stations – ignoring the fact that planning powers are devolved.

Morning Star 13th June 2010 more >>

Posted: 14 June 2010

13 June 2010

New Nukes

There will be more contentious issues ahead, not least the question of nuclear energy, which threatens to cause early friction within the Coalition. Huhne insists that he has never been “an ideological ayatollah” on the subject, but he is no friend of the industry and he has already confirmed that there will be no government subsidy for it. “If people want to invest in it then there will be new nuclear power stations [but] no public subsidy: on that we’re agreed,” he said. “That’s a highly credible commitment given the state of the public finances.” And, while he looks forward to a “green tax shift” in future budgets, he accepts that his chances of tackling global warming are threatened by the naysayers with whom he now shares the government benches. “There are climate-change sceptics on the Conservative benches and I am aware that I have to work hard to keep them on board,” he said. “The key point is that they are also receptive to the arguments about energy security.”

Independent on Sunday 13th June 2010 more >>


The UK’s only PWR will remain offline for at least the rest of June, according to British Energy. The 1250MW Sizewell B station was taken offline on 17 March because of high moisture levels in the containment building.

Nuclear Engineering International 11th June 2010 more >>

Supply Chain

Steel sales into the nuclear power generation market are poised to grow in the next decade with a select group of North American distributors standing to capitalize as certified suppliers.

Metal Bulletin 12th June 2010 more >>


A French wine that shared its name with a nearby problem-plagued nuclear power plant on Wednesday won the right to change its designation. The Tricastin wines of southern France will now be known as the Grignan-Les Adhemar, according to a ruling from the powerful INAO agency tasked with regulating French agricultural products.

Independent on Sunday 13th June 2010 more >>

Posted: 13 June 2010

12 June 2010

New Nukes

The majority of the public feels the risks of nuclear power outweigh the benefits and would prefer to see more investment into renewable energy, a new poll shows. Public support for replacing the UK’s ageing nuclear power stations has changed little since 2006 when the Government announced its support for a generation of new plants, according to a new survey.

Ecologist 11th June 2010 more >>

Bovis Lend Lease has pulled out of a possible nuclear deal with EDF energy at the eleventh hour after parent company Lend Lease objected to ‘unethical’ work. Building reported that the Australian Lend Lease board told Bovis to pull out shortly before the deal was to be signed because it does not want to be involved in the sector for ethical reasons. The Australian government has already decided not to pursue nuclear new build.

Construction Manager 11th June 2010 more >>


WYLFA B will still be at the forefront of the new wave of nuclear power stations despite the change of government, the Secretary of State for Wales revealed last night. Cheryl Gillan has written to Energy Secretary Chris Huhne formally declaring her support for the creation of a new plant on Anglesey, which officials claim would inject £15bn into the local economy. The Welsh Secretary told the Daily Post “it is fair to say” that Wylfa B is still in the running to be one of the first of the 10 new power plants expected to be built in the UK.

Daily Post 10th June 2010 more >>

News Wales 11th June 2010 more >>


EDF Energy, the UK’s largest producer of low carbon electricity, today launched its Sustainability Commitments, one of the largest such initiatives by any UK company. The ground breaking package on the environment, customers, skills and nuclear energy is a landmark moment which includes the energy industry’s strongest commitment yet to reduce the carbon intensity of electricity generation. Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne MP said EDF Energy’s initiative was an example of how Government and industry must work together on the challenge of meeting low carbon commitments.

EDF Energy Press Release 10th JUne 2010 more >>


The Urenco USA uranium enrichment facility, located in Eunice, New Mexico, today received authorisation from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission that they may begin accepting operational delilvery of uranium hexafluoride feed stock. The permission allows Urenco USA to begin commercial operations enriching uranium for use as nuclear fuel.

Money AM 11th June 2010 more >>


Letter: I include nuclear power among the other green energies. It is reliable, cost-effective, clean and safe. What more can we ask for? I see our future power supply consisting mainly of nuclear, wind and gas — the latter to support wind but to be gradually phased out as nuclear capacity increases.

I support Mr Job’s plea for serious planning to be started immediately — otherwise it will be too late.

Irish Independent 12th June 2010 more >>


A new nuclear race appears to be brewing in eastern Europe. Fortunately, this one involves reactors rather than weapons. Three countries have announced firm plans to build nuclear power plants within a relatively small area of the Baltic region. Lithuania is planning a replacement for the Soviet-era Ignalina reactor shut down last year; Belarus has proposed a reactor just across the border from Lithuania; and Russia is vowing to build one in its Kaliningrad enclave between Lithuania and Poland.A fourth country, Estonia, has also floated tentative plans for a reactor of its own.

FT 11th June 2010 more >>


The Burmese government has denied recent reports that it is developing a nuclear weapons programme.

BBC 11th June 2010 more >>

Saudi Arabia

A draft renewable and nuclear strategy for Saudia Arabia is to be prepared by the P yry consultancy firm. The company said is had been chosen by the KA-CARE organisation, responsible for the future King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, to “help prepare a draft of the national vision and high-level strategy in the area of nuclear and renewable energy applications.”

World Nuclear News 11th June 2010 more >>


France’s Coteaux du Tricastin appellation has won the right to change its name to avoid associations with an accident-prone nuclear power plant in the area. Subject to last-minute objections, the INAO will now allow producers to label their wines with the new name, Grignan-Les Adhemar, with effect from the 2010 vintage.

Decanter 11th June 2010 more >>

French grid operator RTE has cut the country’s nuclear power availability for the week ahead by 4.2GW, according to today’s forecast. It revised expected availability in week 25 down to 46,898MW or 75pc of France’s installed nuclear capacity. RTE lowered the forecast for week 26 by 2.2GW as shutdowns and delays to planned maintenance continue to cut into capacity. Expectations for the coming weeks were down as well, with plant availability in week 29 forecast to fall by another 982MW, after a recorded 1.3GW decrease on 4 June.

Argus Media 11th June 2010 more >>


Germany’s nuclear power plant operators will have to pay a new annual tax under an ambitious austerity package announced by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Eon, RWE, EnBW and Vattenfall will have to pay an estimated 2.3 billion per annum to the government for operating the country’s 17 nuclear reactors. The tax is one of several measures announced by Merkel this week in an effort to keep a ceiling on the country’s debts. The nuclear tax is due to start in 2011 and will have no bearing on whether the government will allow nuclear power plant lifetimes to be extended.

Utility Week 11th June 2010 more >>


Strict sanctions were imposed by the United Nations Security Council last night to punish Iran over its suspected nuclear weapons programme.

Daily Mail 11th June 2010 more >>

Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to enable Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The Times can reveal. In the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran. To ensure the Israeli bombers pass unmolested, Riyadh has carried out tests to make certain its own jets are not scrambled and missile defence systems not activated. Once the Israelis are through, the kingdom’s air defences will return to full alert.

Times 12th June 2010 more >>


The Liberal Democrats have been accused of voting “against their own policy” after they opposed an amendment to the Queen’s Speech to include the Trident nuclear weapons system in the Strategic Defence Review. While the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg had called several times for Trident to be included in the Review, it was expected that his MPs would abstain on the issue as part of their coalition deal with the Conservative Party. The Tories are adamantly opposed to reviewing Trident. But Liberal Democrat MPs united with Tories to vote against a motion in the Commons proposed by Green, Plaid Cymru and Scottish National Party MPs. It was defeated by 330 votes to 27.

Ekklesia 10th June 2010 more >>

More Films

6 Short Films about Atomic Power more >>

Posted: 12 June 2010

11 June 2010

Nuclear Subsidies

Denying public subsidies to the nuclear industry could leave the Liberal Democrats in a “win-win situation” on nuclear power, the party’s former environment spokesman has suggested.

Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood suggested his party’s decision to abstain on a nuclear vote in the Commons, allowing the Conservatives’ support for new power stations to go ahead without undermining the coalition government’s unity, could prove academic. “If you look at the economics of nuclear power and the commitment the coalition has made not to subsidise it, and then you reflect on the fact not a single nuclear power station has been built anywhere in the world without public subsidy, maybe, just maybe the issue won’t arise,” he said. Green groups argue the need for indirect public subsidies blurs the line as to what does and what does not represent government assistance, however.

The nuclear industry does not pay for insurance, for example, meaning the taxpayer would have to foot the bill in the event of a major disaster. And under a recent consultation document EDF would only have to pay around a fifth of the eventual cost for dealing with waste, leaving the government and the taxpayer facing the liability after the power station shuts down.

“It artificially incentivises new nuclear and transfers the risk of cost escalations,” Greenpeace nuclear campaigner Ben Aylifse said. 11th June 2010 more >>


Lend Lease has banned Bovis from the £40bn nuclear sector. Contractor backs out of EDF deal at last minute as Australian parent decides to shun ’unethical’ work.

Building 11th June 2010 more >>

Radiation & Health

As an activist concerned about the dangers of nuclear power plants, she can knowledgeably cite facts and figures about the issue. “Christie cares, but it’s more than that,” says Joseph Mangano, the executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project, of which Brinkley is a board member. “The issues we deal with are very sophisticated. Christie is very fluent in discussing Strontium 90 and children’s cancer rates.” Even with the stresses of recent years, she has remained committed to that cause and pragmatic about using her celebrity to gain media attention. “I know when I go someplace that they’re going to want to find out about what I’m wearing instead of what I’m saying,” Brinkley says. “But to be able to get something about a nuclear power plant on Extra or Access Hollywood is incredible.”

Ladies Home Journal June 2010 more >>


Ukraine and Russia signed Wednesday an agreement on cooperation in construction of two nuclear power reactors at Ukraine’s Khmelnytskiy Nuclear Power Plant, the government reported. The agreement was signed in Kiev by Yuriy Boyko, the Ukrainian energy and fuel minister, and Sergei Kiriyenko, the general director of Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear power corporation.

Platts 10th June 2010 more >>


With Wednesday’s passage of new United Nations Security Council sanctions against Iran, the Obama administration achieved an important milestone in its efforts to put pressure on Tehran to abandon its nuclear ambitions. What is less clear, however, is whether this achievement makes the prospect of a nuclear Iran more or less likely.

FT 11th June 2010 more >>

IRAN warned yesterday that it would review relations with the UN nuclear watchdog, a day after the Security Council approved a fourth round of sanctions against Tehran over its disputed nuclear programme. Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the sanctions as “annoying flies”.

Scotsman 11th June 2010 more >>

Iran could throw United Nations weapons inspectors out of the country in retaliation for the latest round of sanctions imposed by the Security Council.

Telegraph 11th June 2010 more >>


RUMOURS that Myanmar is the next recruit to a shady nuclear and missile network that seems to link North Korea, Iran, Pakistan, Syria and possibly others swirl intermittently. The missile link is clearest: in all these cases, including Myanmar’s, North Korea has either sold missiles or helped them build their own. But aside from an agreement in principle in 2007 for Russia to build a small research reactor for Myanmar, there has been little hard evidence of its junta’s nuclear ambitions. The recent defection of a former major in the Burmese army, Sai Thein Win, however, and the documents and photographs he brought with him, appear to confirm Myanmar’s intent, if not yet capacity, to enrich uranium and eventually build a bomb.

Economist 10th June 2010 more >>


A nuclear technology base is to be established near Nanjing in eastern China featuring as its centrepiece a $146 million factory for pre-assembled power plant modules.

World Nuclear News 10th June 2010 more >>

Nuclear disarmament

The latest video interview from Nuclear Information Service shows an interview with the Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Reading, discussing his views on nuclear weapons and the prospects for arms control under the new Coalition government.

Nuclear Information Service 10th June 2010 more >>


The Atomic Weapons Establishment, which supplies nuclear warheads to the controversial Trident submarine, has signed a £45 million, ten-year infrastructure services renewal deal with HP.

Computer World 10th June 2010 more >>

Posted: 11 June 2010