At next months gathering of his party Mr Alexander will make an outspoken criticism of the Tories for blocking green policies. Mr Alexander will also voice frustration about the refusal of the Conservatives to acknowledge that investing in carbon-reducing technologies has the potential to make an important contribution to long-term growth. While the green agenda still has champions within the Tory hierarchy such as William Hague, the foreign secretary, and Greg Barker, the climate change minister Mr Osborne has increasingly tried to downgrade environmental issues. Mr Alexander will reignite a row over a new decarbonisation goal for 2030, an idea that was blocked by Mr Osborne last month. He will voice his support for the target in a move that green groups will welcome for its impact on low-carbon businesses and climate change
FT 10th August 2012 more >>
MINISTERS are very confident that a company will be found push forward plans for Wylfa B – after the current power station got a two-year extension. The news that Wylfa’s Magnox site will continue generating electricity until September 2014 was yesterday welcomed as a major economic boost for Anglesey and the wider area. Detailed talks are being held with potential investors in Horizon Nuclear Power, the vehicle for developing Wylfa B, and also Oldbury in Gloucestershire. Energy Minister Charles Hendry has dismissed suggestions that prospects for Horizon are receding, insisting: “It’s not a dead duck. I feel very positive we’ll find a company to take it forward.” Once source close to the talks said: “There is obviously a great deal of interest and we are pretty optimistic.” A consortium involving the French state-controlled nuclear reactor manufacturer Areva and China Guangdong Nuclear Power Corp is keen to take over Horizon, with another group, led by Japanese-owned Toshiba Westinghouse also thought to be interested.
Power Engineering 10th August 2012 more >>
One year since licence application for Hinkley C. Our work has not finished yet and we will only issue a licence if we are satisfied, at the end of our assessment, that the company is capable of operating safely and securely. The onus throughout is on NNB GenCo to demonstrate that it is fit and able to discharge the obligations associated with holding a nuclear site licence.
ONR 10th August 2012 more >>
Laing ORourke director and former Olympics construction chief Howard Shiplee has called on government to commit to nuclear and show investors that the UK is a place they can get work done. He said there is a need for a greater level of speed and ambition by government on its approach to infrastructure.
Construction News 10th August 2012 more >>
The European Commission (EC) has cleared and approved a proposal by EDF Energy to construct and operate a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset, England. Under Article 41 of the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) Treaty, the Commission concluded that the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station meets the objectives of the Treaty and can contribute towards developing a sustainable national energy mix.
Energy Business Review 10th Aug 2012 more >>
Heysham power stations are planning to open a new visitors centre which gives people the chance to see behind the scenes at the countrys most powerful nuclear reactors. Planning permission for the new centre has gone to Lancaster City Council which will see the site of the former creche redeveloped. This development is part of a national initiative by EDF Energy to improve public accessibility at all eight of its nuclear power stations across the UK.
The Visitor 11th Aug 2012 more >>
Selous is the largest Game Reserve in Africa and is inhabited by the most important populations of the critically endangered wild hunting dogs as well as East African elephants. The UNESCO describes the Game Reserve as an immense sanctuary of 50,000 km2 which is relatively undisturbed by human impact and which is inhabited by large numbers of elephants, black rhinoceroses, giraffes, hippopotamuses and crocodiles. The reserve has a variety of vegetation zones, ranging from dense thickets to open wooded grasslands. Nevertheless, the UNESCO has now accepted a boundary change of the Reserve and thus enabled the mining of uranium in the conservation area for supplying nuclear power plants. The planned mine is situated in an elephant corridor between Tanzania and Mozambique.
Rainforest Rescue 9th Aug 2012 more >>
The UK Government has yet another Nukiller CONsultation underway. This time it is to push for more plutonium reprocessing plants making the hypothetical Fallout docudrama ever more likely. The CONsultation ends on the 20th August. There is a briefing and model response provided by the Nuclear Free Local Authorities. Please write to your councils / your MP and ask them to respond with a resounding no to more of this madness.
Radiation Free Lakeland 10th August 2012 more >>
Hitachi Ltd and General Electric Co are considering combining their two nuclear power joint ventures under a single entity which may end up under Hitachi’s control, the Nikkei business daily said.The move comes after a dip in demand for new nuclear plants in the context of a sharp rise in shale gas production in North America and the meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima reactor last year, the paper said.
Reuters 10th Aug 2012 more >>
AMEC, the British engineering and building group, shrugged off the global economic uncertainties to increase profits by a quarter in the first half of the year. The group, which builds infrastructure for the oil and gas, mining and energy sectors, said revenue was up 37pc at £2.13bn for the first six months, helping pre-tax profits climb by 25pc to £126m.
Telegraph 9th Aug 2012 more >>
Suppose, hypothetically speaking, you wanted to build a nuclear power plant. It’s simply “a complicated way to boil a lot of water, cheaply, and without smoke”, according to Bertrand Barre, scientific adviser of Areva, which is building a nuclear reactor at Olkiluoto in Finland. So where’s the best place to build yours? How will it work? How much will it cost? Supposing it suffered a critical meltdown, or a plane crashed into it? And what are you going to do with the radioactive waste? This short film provides some handy tips.
Guardian 11th Aug 2012 more >>
Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update 7th to 9th August.
Greenpeace 10th Aug 2012 more >>
A POSSIBLE hairline crack in the steel tank containing the reactor at a Belgian nuclear plant poses no danger to the public, the countrys nuclear regulatory agency said yesterday. The possible flaw was discovered while the plant was shut for annual maintenance.
Scotsman 11th Aug 2012 more >>
New Civil Engineer 10th Aug 2012 more >>
Belgium has notified other countries using nuclear power of a possible hairline crack found in a steel tank that contains the reactor at one of its plants, the European Union (EU) has confirmed.
Express 10th August 2012 more >>
Belgian nuclear regulator AFCN has called a meeting of national nuclear watchdogs and nuclear experts in Brussels on 16 August to discuss safety issues raised by the discovery of potential cracks on the reactor vessel of Belgium’s Doel 3 nuclear unit. The 1,003MW Doel 3 must stay off line until its operator, French utility GDF Suez’s Belgian subsidiary Electrabel, can prove that the multiple defects discovered following the first use of ultrasonic inspection on the unit do not jeopardise the reactor’s integrity. It would not be possible to repair the reactor vessel, and a reactor vessel has never been replaced, according to AFCN, which does not rule out permanent closure of the unit. Electrabel is carrying out tests on the Doel unit and is expected to report back to the regulator before the end of August. Now defunct Dutch manufacturer Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij (RDM) supplied the reactor vessel for Doel, which first went on line in 1982. There are 22 nuclear units worldwide with key components supplied by RDM, and AFCN has warned national watchdogs of countries with reactors supplied by RDM that similar issues may be discovered on these reactor vessels. RDM supplied the reactor for Belgium’s 1,008MW Tihange 2, which came on line in 1983. The unit will go off line for ultrasonic inspection of the reactor vessel on the 17 August and is forecast by Electrabel to return to power on 10 October. Swedish state-controlled utility Vattenfall’s 866MW Ringhals 2 in Sweden also has an RDM reactor vessel. There are cracks on the reactor pressure vessel of the unit but the defects, in their present form, do not negatively affect the safety of the unit, said the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority.
Argus Media 10th Aug 2012 more >>
GLOBAL port operator Hutchison has teamed up with Decision Sciences to test the worlds first passive scanner able to detect radioactive materials hidden in containers that could be used to build a dirty bomb. Demonstrations are taking place this week at Freeport Container Port, the transhipment hub in the Bahamas located just 65 miles from Florida, with live smallscale operations to start on Monday.
Lloyds List 10th Aug 2012 more >>
Pakistan’s nuclear weaponry is primarily aimed at India, after the former was found accelerating its nuclear weapon production capacity and seeking circumstances to use them as a hedge against India’s nuclear arsenal, Press Trust of India (PTI) cited a US report as saying.
IB Times 10th Aug 2012 more >>