The supporters of the eleven sites nominated for the next wave of new nuclear build in the UK may be more surprising than the sites themselves. Spanish energy giant Iberdrola has emerged as a surprise leading player in the UK’s new nuclear build market, earmarking six potential construction sites.
Nuclear Engineering International 30th Apr 2009 more >>
Do you live in the vicinity of one of these 11 locations, which are being proposed as potential sites for new nuclear power stations? Happy about it? If not, then you’ve got less than three weeks to read and respond to the information provided by the companies bidding to develop each site as part of the government’s ‘consultation’ process.
Greenpeace 30th Apr 2009 more >>
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will begin the sell-off of land at Sellafield earmarked for a new nuclear power station soon. The site, to the north of the existing complex, has been included on a shortlist of sites for a new reactor drawn up by the Government. The land will now be the subject of an online auction.
Cumberland News 1st May 2009 more >>
Two canisters containing nuclear material have gone missing at the Sellafield plant in Cumbria. The small containers, containing material from the 1970s, were reported missing during a routine stocktake. But a spokeswoman confirmed the containers contained material of a “low risk” – grade one on a scale of one to 7 – and could not be easily opened.
BBC 30th Apr 2009 more >>
WEST Cumbria will have a “lean, mean, green fighting machine” spearheading a massive jobs-boosting regeneration backed by government – and nuclear – cash. Former energy minister Brian Wilson issued the economic call-to-arms at the launch of West Cumbria Vision, a new single decision-making body for all regeneration activity across Copeland and Allerdale. In accepting the chairmanship, the Scot, who held six government posts under Tony Blair, said it was a huge challenge to make sure “substantial sums of money are put to the best-possible use to create a prosperous and sustainable future for the area.
Whitehaven News 30 Apr 2009 more >>
AN anti-nuclear campaigner has warned that earthquake activity is one reason not to build proposed new reactors. The warning comes from the leader of Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment, Martin Forwood, following the largest earthquake in the North West for 174 years.
New nuclear power stations are planned for Kirksanton, Braystones near Egremont and at Sellafield. An expert from the British Geological Survey has reassured members of the public that underground tremors pose no threat to any nuclear plants. Julian Bukits, assistant seismologist for the British Geological Survey, said: “There is absolutely no danger at all. Nuclear plants are built to withstand bigger earthquakes than we are likely to experience in the UK. A 3.7 earthquake is quite insignificant.” But Mr Forwood said: “It is another of many reasons why the west coast of Cumbria is not a good place to build a nuclear power station. more >>
Whitehaven News 30 Apr 2009
Jamie Reed: WITH the first pro-nuclear energy policy in three decades, a supportive government and a series of potential investors in new nuclear power, Copeland and West Cumbria now have the opportunity to choose between two very different futures – one based on new nuclear developments consisting of opportunity, prosperity, plentiful high-quality employment and world class public services; and one without.
Martin Forewood: Any debate on new-build must start by acknowledging that nuclear power is neither a ‘low carbon’ fix nor deserves to be back on the agenda on merit. From uranium mining, through to its milling, transport, fuel fabrication and subsequent disposal, nuclear is carbon-intensive.
Described in the 2003 Energy White Paper as “an unattractive option for new-carbon-free generating capacity”, nukes are back on the agenda thanks only to intense lobbying from an industry facing an otherwise sudden death in the UK, and through a rigged public consultation process (heavily criticised by the High Court as being seriously flawed) held subsequently by a Government which, against specialist advice, had already decided to push ahead with new build.
Whitehaven News 29th Apr 2009 more >>
A FORMER Labour leader of Copeland Borough Council has come out against plans for a nuclear power station near Millom. George Usher, 71, says the plant should be built on land that “is already spoiled” and not at Layriggs in Kirksanton. His view flies in the face of that of Labour MP for Copeland, Jamie Reed. Mr Reed has backed the plans for a nuclear plant at Kirksanton.
Whitehaven News 30th Apr 2009 more >>
Two German power companies have bought land in Oldbury with the aim of building a new nuclear power plant there in the next 12 years.
Bristol Evening Post 1st May 2009 more >>
A decision to sell a new potential nuclear power site on Anglesey has been welcomed by council leaders. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said on Wednesday that the German power companies RWE and E.On had won an auction for the Wylfa site. It is one of 11 sites nominated as potential locations for a new generation of nuclear stations.
BBC 30th Apr 2009 more >>
NUCLEAR bosses on the Fylde are to up their game after proposals for a new-build power station reached a conclusion this week. Toshiba Westinghouse, owners of Springfields, say discussions for the company’s AP1000 reactor to be built at the new sites are “on course” and they are confident of success. If successful it could mean a massive jobs boost for the Fylde coast with hundreds being created in the supply chain.
Blackpool Gazette 1st May 2009 more >>
Mike Tynan, chief executive of Westinghouse UK which has a head office on Preston docks, said talks were focused on getting its AP1000 reactor chosen by German consortium RWE-E.ON and French firm EDF after they snapped up land in a £387m deal announced this week.
Lancashire Evening Post 30th Apr 2009 more >>
EDF will control the building of the Penly EPR nuclear facility and GDF Suez will have a significant minority stake, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said after meeting the companies on Friday. The French press has reported that the two state-backed rivals have been fighting over the size of potential stakes in the project and that the government would step in if they were unable to find a solution amongst themselves.
Yahoo 1st May 2009 more >>
Ongoing US nuclear industry efforts to prepare response plans in case of a possible global influenza outbreak are paying off as the rapid global spread of swine flu has put pandemic response planning back in the spotlight. Over the past three years, the industry has been preparing response plans so that nuclear power plants can safely operate and maintain electricity grid stability in the event of such an outbreak.
Platts 29th Apr 2009 more >>
EACH generation is condemned to grapple anew with the possibilities and perils of splitting the atom and destroying humanity. Assuming a predicted “nuclear renaissance” survives the economic downturn, will nuclear power one day be so developed that it fulfils its promise by helping to save the planet from climate-change disaster? Can the other sort of apocalypse be more safely averted by “getting to zero”, banning the bomb even as knowledge to build it spreads?
Economist 30th Apr 2009 more >>
New Labour may well like to cosy up to big power companies like EDF, E.ON and RWE. But practical policy on the ground suggests a quite different attitude to nuclear. Take Alistair Darling’s Budget last week. It had sops for North Sea oil and gas producers, wind power, combined heat and power, and electric cars. Darling also announced an unspecified ‘new funding mechanism’ to finance between two and four demonstration projects in carbon capture and storage (CCS). This was a forthright move, given that, since 2005, New Labour has put a derisory £6.4million into research into CCS. But search Darling’s Budget speech, and the word ‘nuclear’ is nowhere to be found. The real waste that’s going on with nuclear power in Britain is the government’s waste of everybody’s time pretending that it is committed to new reactors. Why doesn’t it stop beating about the bush and declare its outright opposition to new nuclear? That way, those of us who support nuclear could challenge it more openly, and we could have a better-informed debate about the whole issue, instead of yet more dithering – or, as the phrase goes, ‘consultation’.
Spiked 30th Apr 2009 more >>
THOUSANDS of workers in Scotland’s naval shipyards were last night warned their jobs could be at risk after David Cameron admitted a future Conservative government would review all major defence contracts. The Tory leader conceded all major programmes including the two new aircraft carriers being partly built in Scotland and the replacement Trident programme based on the Clyde would be reviewed if he became Prime Minister. Labour politicians reacted with anger and disbelief, with John Park, the MSP for the Rosyth area and a former union official at the yard, warning Rosyth would cease to exist as a naval shipyard without the aircraft carrier orders.
Scotsman 1st May 2009 more >>
Less expensive cruise missiles may be an option Shadow cabinet divided over defence proposals. David Cameron is considering abandoning the British Trident nuclear missile deterrent or going for a less expensive upgrade by converting to air-launched cruise missiles, rather than the government’s planned
four expensive submarines.
Guardian 1st May 2009 more >>
NUCLEAR energy is, to its supporters, essential to bridge the growing power supply gap in central, southern and eastern Europe. But project developments across the region are struggling to gain momentum. In April, the prime ministers of Poland and Estonia publicly expressed their dissatisfaction with Lithuania over the slow pace of development of the country’s new nuclear power plant. The three Baltic states plus Poland agreed in 2006 jointly to build the Visaginas plant to replace the existing Ignalina facility, which Lithuania agreed to shut down in 2010 as part of its deal to join the EU in 2004.
Petroleum Economist 1st May 2009 more >>
Bombing Iran would fail to stop the Islamic Republic from building nuclear weapons and could only ‘buy time’, according to Robert Gates, the US defence secretary.
Telegraph 1st May 2009 more >>
A video showing a member of the royal family of the United Arab Emirates torturing an Afghan man has caused the Obama administration to hold off on a civil nuclear deal with the Gulf kingdom.
Telegraph 1st May 2009 more >>
Times 1st May 2009 more >>
Republican lawmakers in the U.S. Senate are demanding the Obama administration provide scientific and legal evidence to support its decision not to store nuclear waste at the long-planned Yucca Mountain depository in Nevada.
Reuters 30th Apr 2009 more >>