John Hutton, the former Business Secretary who was the architect of Britain’s plans to build a series of nuclear power stations, is in talks with EDF about joining the group as a senior adviser. EDF also confirmed yesterday that Lord Patten of Barnes, the former Conservative Cabinet minister and last Governor of Hong Kong, had joined the group in recent months in a similar role.
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Wylfa & Oldbury
German utilities E.ON and RWE do not expect their first nuclear reactor in Britain to start operating until 2019, an E.ON executive said. “Our target for the first unit is 2019,” said Ralf Gueldner, vice chairman of the management board at E.ON Kernkraft GmbH. The launch could be postponed if there are any delays in the government’s safety assessment of the reactor designs or if it had any questions about them, Gueldner said. He spoke to Reuters on the sidelines of the World Nuclear Association Symposium in London. In April, the EON-RWE joint venture bought land at auction at Wylfa in Wales and Oldbury in south west England. It is planning to built 6 gigawatts of nuclear generators at the two sites.
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Six nuclear power units were out of service, including Dungeness B21, Hartlepool 1, Heysham 1-2 and Sizewell B2.
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COMPANIES from across the country will take part in a nuclear alert exercise at Sellafield later this month. Cumbria County Council and Sellafield Ltd will be hosting the exercise, named Oscar 9, on Thursday September 24. The exercise will be based around the Sellafield site and the West Cumbria Emergency Control Centre at the Summergrove complex near Whitehaven.
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A nuclear plant as the setting for a new hit TV series? Popular entertainment media could prove to be more effective at engaging public support and acceptance for nuclear energy than past industry attempts to convince the world of nuclear’s merits.
World Nuclear News 11th Sept 2009 more >>
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy said on Wednesday it has submitted the revised design documents for its Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. GE Hitachi said the submission marks a milestone in the company’s effort to move forward with the 1,520-megawatt design which two U.S. utilities have selected to use for two new nuclear plants, some of the first reactors proposed after a three-decade lapse in U.S. nuclear expansion.
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Energy giant Westinghouse Electric Company has revealed it is in “advanced discussions” with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority over plans for the Springfields nuclear fuel site near Preston, which include making a significant investment.
Construction News 11th Sept 2009 more >>
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy said on Friday it was in talks with India’s state-owned nuclear power body to build at least 6 nuclear reactors.
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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government said it will review whether politicians influenced a 1983 scientific study about the safety of a proposed underground nuclear waste site in northern Germany. As Merkel seeks a second term in Sept. 27 elections, German newspapers reported last month that former Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s government allegedly pressed scientists to say the site near the village of Gorleben is safe for radioactive waste.
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A LEADING environmental activist has attacked a campaign to stop nuclear submarine decommissioning at Devonport Dockyard. Roger Creagh-Osborne, a Green Party candidate in this year’s European Parliament elections, defended the “professionalism and skill” of the nuclear workers in the dockyard. “The issue of Trident and its decommissioning simply does not have the urgency of the real climate crisis we face,” Mr Creagh-Osborne, who works at Plymouth University and is chairman of St Germans parish council, said. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) is to hold protest marches in Plymouth on October 31 to protest against plans to decommission nuclear submarines at the Dockyard.
Plymouth Herald 12th Sept 2009 more >>
The six major powers negotiating with Tehran over its nuclear programme judge the latest proposals from Iran to be insufficient and are to seek an urgent meeting, an EU official said Friday.
EU Business 11th Sept 2009 more >>
The United States has rejected Iran’s latest proposals over its nuclear programme, dampening hopes for new talks aimed at breaking a three-year impasse.
Telegraph 12th Sept 2009 more >>
Under the plan, to be launched in Edinburgh by the Co-operative party at its annual conference today, local residents will join schools, community organisations and businesses to form consumer energy co-ops. These would negotiate with wholesale energy groups to supply gas and electricity at between 10 and 20% less than the normal domestic price. A modest step towards reducing emissions would occur at this first stage because the co-ops would install smart meters in members’ homes. A bigger step in cutting emissions would occur later when co-ops install environmentally friendly technology, including combined heat and power systems (CHP), heat pumps or biomass boilers. CHP is the process by which heat generated at power stations while creating energy supplies is captured and used to heat the homes of local people.
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