EDF Energy managing director of nuclear new build Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson said the £16bn construction project needed to go ahead for the anticipated wave of new nuclear schemes to succeed. The power giant is in talks with investors and contractors as it works towards a final investment decision on the Somerset plant that was first expected last year but could now be post-election. Cadoux-Hudson said at an event in Westminster last week: “What I’m absolutely sure of is that, unless we are successful in making these next steps, it will be extremely difficult for anyone else to follow on in the UK.”
New Civil Engineer 9th Mar 2015 read more »
Mycle Schneider, an expert on nuclear energy, expects bankruptcy in the nuclear industry and “substantial security risks.” I think Hinkley Point will never get connected to the energy net. It’s not even proven yet that the proposed reactor type works. Governments in England and France, however, have pushed the matter so far ahead that the construction might even have started. But I cannot imagine that in about 15 years from now, any nuclear power station will be completed.
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In looking for a venue for the forthcoming public talk on Wednesday evening we first approached Keswick School. The school’s Queen’s Hall would have been an excellent venue and has been used previously for meetings by Cumbria Trust. Below is the incredible response we received from the Headmaster of Keswick School, Simon Jackson.
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Wylfa nuclear power station has shutdown its remaining reactor to investigate a problem found during re-fuelling. Bosses from operators Magnox said a problem was found in Reactor 1 on Saturday. They said a “conservative decision” was taken to shut the reactor down to investigate the issue at the Anglesey nuclear plant. Reactor 1 is due to generate power until the end of 2015 while Reactor 2 stopped operating in 2013. Wylfa, now the last operating Magnox reactor in the world, was originally scheduled to end generation in 2010.
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Britain’s Wylfa 1 nuclear unit was offline on Monday, grid data showed. Operator Magnox was not immediately available to comment on the status of the 490-megawatt unit.
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The reactor at a nuclear power station on Anglesey has been shut down after operators were unable to remove a fuel element. Station bosses Magnox decided to shut down the Wylfa reactor on Saturday so they could investigate the issue.
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Former Npower chief executive Volker Beckers will join the board of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), alongside three other leaders in the utilities sector, just two months after the NDA stepped in to stem the spiralling costs at the Sellafield nuclear site.
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Consultation has now closed on our Draft Business Plan 2015-2018, which sets out key objectives and plans for the next three years.
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Letter Jean McSorley & Ruth Balogh: We read with interest Andrew Blowers’ article ‘A geological disposal facility for nuclear waste – if not Sellafield, then where?’ (Town & Country Planning, December 2014). We noted a significant error in this piece, which we wish to correct, concerning the position of NGOs over joining the West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership. The author asserts that anti-nuclear NGOs refused to join this Partnership, which was considering whether to ‘volunteer’ to search for a site for a GDF (geological disposal facility), on grounds that they were ‘against geological disposal’. This bald assertion is not accurate, as can easily be determined from documents on the West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) website. Due to our work with Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, we were invited to join the Partnership as NGO representatives. These groups, and others, declined to send representatives to the Partnership for a number of reasons. As individuals, however, we did make a presentation to a public Partnership meeting in February 2010, to set out the reasons why the invitation was declined. The position, as we explained, was not that that the NGOs were against a GDF on a single issue, but that there were many sound reasons for concern over geological disposal, including technical uncertainties. In this context, as we explained, the enthusiasm for this option – as ‘the’ solution – was over-optimistic; other approaches still had to be explored. At the Partnership’s request, we summarised the concerns we had raised in a letter. This clearly shows the full range of issues we raised, including issues about the process: a range of attitudes within the Partnership on the relevance of NGOs to the process; an over representation within the Partnership of members sympathetic to and connected with the nuclear industry or those whose job it is to progress disposal based on a policy which appears to accept no challenge a perception that implementing a GDF in West Cumbria is a foregone conclusion.
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Shares in nuclear group EDF fell on Monday after the French energy minister suggested that a merger between the state controlled company and its struggling supplier Areva was one option being discussed by the government. When Sgolne Royal was asked on BMFTV about a merger, she replied: “All options are on the table. All scenarios are being looked at in terms of the national interest. The national interest is to create champions in the energy sector.” The comments, which sent shares in EDF down as much as 4.2 per cent, follow months of high-level discussions about the future of Areva, the nuclear reactor maker which is also majority-owned by the French state. Areva has been struggling with cost overruns at key projects – such as its reactor in Finland – as well as weaker nuclear demand following the Fukushima disaster in Japan. Last we ek the group reported a record net loss of 4.8bn euro for 2014.
FT 9th March 2015 read more »
Stainless Metalcraft, part of Avingtrans energy and medical division, has become a member of the National Skills Academy Nuclear Manufacturing. The Chatteris-based business, which is home to the Fenland Engineering Skills Centre – designs, manufactures and installs components for a variety of high performance industries including the oil & gas, nuclear, medical and big science sectors. Dawn Vinall, business development manager at National Skills Academy Nuclear Manufacturing, said: “It’s estimated that the building of new nuclear plants will require an average of 10,000 more workers each year until 2025, of which an estimated 1,000 additional workers per year will be required in the manufacturing supply chain.
Wisbech Standard 9th March 2015 read more »
Apprenticeships in the UK nuclear sector have grown by 300% since 2008, and doubled since 2013, according to figures released to mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week.
Energy Voice 9th March 2015 read more »
On Monday 9 March, MPs will take part in a general debate relating to on the forthcoming Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee.
Parliament 9th March 2015 read more »
Four years ago the world watched in horror as the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants exploded across our TV screens and spewed radioactive waste into air and sea. In commemoration of this anniversary, we asked Greenpeace volunteers, staff, supporters and allies to share some of their own memories. Many have also shared their hopes for a #ZeroNuclear tomorrow. We hope you will too.
Greenpeace 9th March 2015 read more »
Norio Kimura lost his wife, father and 7-year-old daughter, Yuna, in the March 2011 tsunami. Now he fears he may lose his land, too, as the central government wants to build a sprawling radioactive waste storage site in the shadow of the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
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Police in Paris detained five Greenpeace activists on Monday after they dangled from a bridge and unfurled banners on the Seine River that call for cuts in nuclear power, the environmental group said. France has the world’s highest reliance on nuclear power — about two-thirds of its current energy production — and parliament is going to debate nuclear power this week. The activists protested on a bridge near the National Assembly, parliament’s lower house. The banners — one floating on the water — showed a picture of President Francois Hollande and his campaign pledge to reduce France’s dependency on nuclear power to 50 percent by 2025.
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President Obama’s Department of Energy approved a taxpayer loan for two new reactors at Vogtle, a move DOE may be beginning to regret as construction costs spiral out of control and the schedule delays keep pushing the project further back. Otherwise, the president these days talks about promoting renewables.
Green World 9th March 2015 read more »
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is maintaining special oversight at five existing nuclear reactors because of past safety violations, while 17 more reactors are under watch because of low-level safety concerns, according to the agency’s latest annual assessment. The assessment concluded that 77 out of 99 US nuclear reactors fully met all safety and security performance objectives, three units more than a year ago. One of the top performing units, Entergy’s 605MW Vermont Yankee, started decomissioning last December.
Argus Media 9th March 2015 read more »
Areva Inc has asked the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to suspend work on the design certification of the US EPR until further notice, prompting Unistar Nuclear Energy to request the suspension of the review of its construction and operation licence (COL) application for Calvert Cliffs 3. In a letter dated 25 February, Areva Inc formally requested that the NRC suspend the safety review of the US EPR design certification application until further notice. Asking the regulator to suspend work on all submittals in active review “in an efficient and expeditious manner” the company also requested that the regulator post no new charges to the US EPR design certification docket after 27 March.
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Forty-seven Republican senators warned on Monday that any agreement the Obama administration strikes with Iran to limit Tehran’s nuclear programme may be short-lived unless Congress approves the deal. The White House accused the Republicans of advocating a “rush to war”.
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South Korea and Qatar are to cooperate on the training of nuclear experts and on the construction of a research reactor under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between the two countries yesterday.
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Pakistan conducts a successful test launch of a surface-to-surface missile, capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads.
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China has reportedly agreed to supply new technology nuclear reactors for a plant being planned in Karachi. The ACP-1000 reactors to be supplied by China will be used for the first time, and will produce 1,100MW each, reported the Washington Post. Costing about $5bn each, the ACP-1000 reactor has been developed on the design of a French reactor built in China in the 1980s. Pakistan has three nuclear plants. In addition to setting up the new plant in Karachi, the country is planning to double the capacity at Chashma Nuclear Power Plant in northern Punjab province.
Energy Business Review 9th Mar 2015 read more »
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) has criticised the spiralling costs and ‘catastrophic’ errors during construction of the Ministry of Defence’s flagship nuclear weapons facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE). Project Pegasus, a £634 million project which will manufacture enriched uranium components for the UK’s nuclear warheads, is ‘in limbo’ after a catalogue of failings in the planning and construction stages. Despite a vote on Trident replacement not being due until 2016, spending at the AWE site has risen to around £1 billion a year to ensure the UK can make nuclear bombs well into the middle of this century. But, says CND, this huge expenditure has not stopped a litany of errors in planning, management and construction of new nuclear facilities which has left the Office for Nuclear Regulation demanding answers.
Ekklesia 9th Mar 2015 read more »
Good Energy – the 100% UK renewable electricity supplier – has teamed up with an ‘E-Bay’ style online auction house to sell its green power direct to business customers. In the six month pilot Open Utility, an energy start-up, commercial customers will be able to bid online via its ‘Piclo’ e-auction site to buy Good Energy’s electricity.
Scottish Energy News 10th March 2015 read more »
It’s not just the Scottish government who are striving to ensure sustainable energy resources for subsequent generations – landowners and rural businesses are determined to play their part in helping the government meet its 2020 target. According to research commissioned by Scottish Land & Estates, across 277 estates that participated in our study, there are plans to introduce or increase renewable energy projects by more than 300 installations. Overall, the research found that nearly 40 per cent of the estates who took part in the research were currently involved in the generation of renewable energy, either as a principal or as host for a third party business. Hydro power featured prominently amongst respondents, with plans to construct 55 new installations on estates across Scotland whilst increasing the capacity on 24 existing schemes.
Scotsman 10th March 2015 read more »
The UK’s largest biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant was officially opened last week, amid promises that it will slash Scottish greenhouse gas emissions by up to 250,000 tonnes a year. RWE Innogy, the renewables arm of the German energy giant, cut the ribbon on the Markinch Biomass CHP Plant in Glenrothes, Fife, which replaces the coal and gas fired CHP power station on the site of paper and board manufacturer Tullis Russell.
Business Green 9th March 2015 read more »
As environmentalist Bill McKibben lays out the case for divesting from coal, oil and gas companies, we examine some of the popular myths around fossil fuel divestment.
Guardian 9th March 2015 read more »
Electric cars could cut the UK’s oil imports by 40% and reduce drivers’ fuel bills by £13bn if deployed on a large scale, according to a new study. An electric vehicle surge would deliver an average £1,000 of fuel savings a year per driver, and spark a 47% drop in carbon emissions by 2030, said the Cambridge Econometrics study. The paper, commissioned by the European Climate Foundation, said that air pollutants such as nitrogen oxide and particulates would be all but eliminated by mid-century, with knock-on health benefits from reduced respiratory diseases valued at over £1bn.
Guardian 10th March 2015 read more »
By 2020 the average temperature rise per decade will be 0.25C in the northern hemisphere, more than double the 900 years preceding the 20th century. People need to brace themselves for accelerating climate change that could alter the way we live even over short time scales, scientists have warned.
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Bill McKibben: The official view: all eyes are on Paris, where negotiators will meet in December for a climate conference that will be described as “the most important diplomatic gathering ever” and “a last chance for humanity.” Heads of state will jet in, tense closed-door meetings will be held, newspapers will report that negotiations are near a breaking point, and at the last minute some kind of agreement will emerge, hailed as “a start for serious action”. The actual story: what happens at Paris will be, at best, one small part of the climate story, one more skirmish in the long, hard-fought road to climate sanity. What comes before and after will count more. And to the extent Paris matters, its success will depend not on the character of our leaders but on how much a resurgent climate movement has softened up the fossil fuel industry, and how much pressure the politicians feel to deliver something. The good news is, that pressure is growing. In fact, that relentless climate movement is starting to win big, unprecedented victories around the world, victories which are quickly reshaping the consensus view – including among investors – about how fast a clean energy future could come. It’s a movement grounded in the streets and reaching for the photovoltaic rooftops, and its thinking can be easily summarised in a mantra: Fossil freeze. Solar thaw. Keep it in the ground.
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