Arjun Makhijani: The notion that we need nuclear power to address climate change does not reflect the realities of the marketplace or rapid new developments in energy technology. The common perception is that renewables can provide only a small portion of the energy supply unlike nuclear plants, which can supply baseload power, churning out electricity day in, day out for extended periods. Actually, though, renewable energy resources are plentiful.
Nature 2nd October
BRITISH Energy’s output in the first half of the year fell by almost a fifth as the nuclear operator conducted repairs on two of its English plants. The East Kilbride-based company said total output in the six months to 28 September fell by 5.1 terawatt hours (TWh) to 22.7 TWh, but the company said output remained in line with management expectations. First-half output was hit by the impact of repairs to reactor cooling
systems at its Hartlepool and Heysham 1 reactors in the north of England. The outages meant that the contribution of nuclear power to the group fell by 31 per cent.
Scotsman 8th Oct 2008 more >>
REPAIRS at British Energy’s coal-fired Eggborough power station will be delayed until next year after the company said maintenance of its ageing nuclear power reactors is taking longer than expected.
Yorkshire Post 11th Oct 2008 more >>
BRITISH Energy yesterday admitted that work had fallen behind schedule at its Hartlepool and Heysham 1 nuclear power plants and that they would be unlikely to return to service until early next year.
Scotsman 11th Oct 2008 more >>
PROGRESS in decommissioning the old nuclear site at Winfrith slowed during the last financial year because of funding constraints, according to a new report. The active decommissioning of both the steam-generating heavy water reactor (SGHWR) and the dragon reactor was delayed after budget cuts that also led to redundancies. But the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) annual review says good progress was made despite the setbacks.
Bournemouth Echo 10th Oct 2008 more >>
EMERGENCY services were scrambled yesterday to the off-site Dounreay test plant at Janetstown on the outskirts of Thurso. The plant, operated by an engineering company, was evacuated after it started to fill with smoke when a batch of non-radioactive sodium reacted with air.
John O Groat Journal 10th Oct 2008 more >>
The United States and India have signed a civilian nuclear co-operation accord to end 34 years of US sanctions.
BBC 10th Oct 2008 more >>
Reuters 10th Oct 2008 more >>
A Russian scientist may have helped Iran to design advanced detonators whose only possible use would be in a nuclear weapon, according to United Nations inspectors.
Telegraph 10th Oct 2008 more >>