Fresh doubts emerged yesterday over the handling of Britain’s drive to build a new generation of nuclear power stations after the delay of a highly sensitive auction of three sites earmarked for construction of reactors. An online bidding system for the three government-owned sites had been scheduled to start last week, according to industry sources. At the eleventh hour, however, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), the government body overseeing the auction, postponed the launch. An NDA spokesman said last night that the auction remained on track and the online bidding system would begin “very soon”. He added that the overall timeframe for the bid had not changed, with the three winners to be announced by the end of the month. Any evidence that the auction had been mishandled could present an opportunity for a legal challenge from those opposed to new reactors in Britain.
Times 10th Mar 2009 more >>
Letter: Willie Wilson (Letters, March 9) argues against nuclear power on the basis of the carbon cost of construction. The OECD analysis of total lifetime greenhouse gas emissions, including mining of materials, construction and energy production, concluded that nuclear generates 3-6 grams of carbon per kilowatt hour compared with 10 for wind, 105 for gas and 228 for coal.
Herald 10th Mar 2009 more >>
MILLOM’S MP is backing plans for a nuclear power station near the town. If the government approves the project, the plant would be built at Layriggs Farm in Kirksanton and create 600 permanent jobs. MP Jamie Reed, whose Copeland constituency includes Millom, says it would be the most “the most significant development in the history of the area” and should be given the go ahead.
North West Evening Mail 9th Mar 2009 more >>
The Nuclear Consultation Group, a group of academics and experts with specialist knowledge on nuclear power and energy have called for the Government to hold an inquiry into the ‘Justification’ of new reactors.
no2nuclearpower 9th Mar 2009 more >>
Low Carbon Economy
At the ‘Low Carbon Economy Summit’, where the UK Government formally launched the ‘Low Carbon Industrial Strategy: Vision’. One questioner asked: ‘Many from the scientific community believe that 450ppm of GHG emissions could be the global tipping point of no return… as we are currently over 380ppm with emissions still rising and at this rate set to rise to over the 450ppm point within the next 10 years – surely what we need now are immediate policies that make a difference today, rather than for example focussing primarily on new nuclear power plants which cannot be built for at least 10 years? (and which only start to produce low carbon energy when they are turned on, and until that point in their construction release huge amounts of GHG emissions). Both Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Miliband and Prime Minister Gordon Brown replied respectively: We must pursue all options & The faster we can move on all options the better
Low Carbon Economy 6th March 2009 more >>
Siemens and Rosatom, the regulatory body of the Russian nuclear complex, have signed a memorandum of understanding to create a joint venture for nuclear energy. The joint venture plans to push ahead with further development of Russian pressurized water reactor technology. It also intends to handle marketing and sales, and the construction of new nuclear power plants as well as modernization and upgrades of existing plants.
Energy Business Review 9th Mar 2009 more >>
America and the West are fixated by the nuclear ambitions of Iran, but more immediate problems are still posed by the antics of North Korea. Despite every effort by President George Bush to try a more emollient approach with the country over the past year, and the repeated olive branches offered by the new administration in Washington, Pyongyang still seems determined to seek confrontation.
Independent 10th Mar 2009 more >>