Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) has not received the required updated overall schedule for Olkiluoto 3 project from the plant supplier AREVA-Siemens Consortium. TVO therefore does not provide an estimate of the start-up time of OL3 nuclear power plant unit at the moment.
TVO 13th Feb 2014 read more »
Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Submarine Dismantling Project (SDP) has published the provisional shortlist of candidate sites for the storage of Intermediate Level radioactive Waste removed from nuclear-powered submarines after they have left Naval Service and been defuelled: Aldermaston, Burghfield, Sellafield, Chapelcross and Capenhurst.
UK Parliament 13th Feb 2014 read more »
MoD Press Releasse 13th Feb 2014 read more »
The Ministry of Defence has named Chapelcross in Dumfriesshire in a shortlist of potential sites at which to store waste from its redundant nuclear-powered submarines. The facilities also include Atomic Weapons Establishment sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire; Sellafield in West Cumbria; and Capenhurst in Cheshire. One of the sites will be chosen as the place that stores radioactive waste from decommissioned submarines until the 2040s, when a planned permanent disposal facility is up and running. Until then, the MoD is looking for sites to store the reactor components – categorised as radioactive waste – from its submarines that are no longer in service. A public consultation will take place in late this year, and no decisions will be made until then. The location chosen will be used as an interim storage site for reactor components for at least 26 years, by which time the UK’s Geological Disposal Facility – a deep geological site for the permanent disposal of spent fuel and nuclear waste – is planned to come into operation.
Scotsman 14th Feb 2014 read more »
A closed Scottish power station has been shortlisted by the Ministry of Defence as a possible dumping ground for nuclear waste from decommissioned submarines. Chapelcross power plant, in Dumfriesshire, is on a list along with four other locations across the UK that could be used as a temporary storage area for 27 vessels set to be dismantled, until around 2040.
STV 13th Feb 2014 read more »
BBC 13th Feb 2014 read more »
Institute of Mechanical Engineers 13th Feb 2014 read more »
THE atom plants at Aldermaston and Burghfield were shortlisted today to store waste from scrapped British nuclear-powered submarines.
Reading Chronicle 13th Feb 2014 read more »
The Westcountry will not be used as a holding site for nuclear waste from the country’s redundant submarine fleet, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed. Campaigners had feared that Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth could have been used to store radioactive material with submarines due to be dismantled on site in future. However, the MoD has now published its shortlist of five sites from which one will be chosen as the place that radioactive waste from decommissioned submarines is stored until the 2040s, when a planned permanent disposal facility is up and running.
Western Morning News 13th Feb 2014 read more »
Paul Brown: When countries embrace nuclear power to combat climate change the problem of disposing of the radioactive waste seems far away, but the costs will be enormous. The UK Government stated four years ago it was unacceptable to build a new generation of atomic power stations while having no depository to get rid of the existing waste. It was confident its Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) would solve the problem of old power stations and increasing quantities of badly stored radioactive waste. The NDA has failed to do so. The stumbling block has been that, so far, no community in the United Kingdom has been prepared to accept a waste depository.
Climate News Network 13th Feb 2014 read more »
Strategy for the management of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) waste in the United Kingdom: A consultation.
Scottish Government 13th Feb 2014 read more »
FRENCH energy giant EDF yesterday said that its UK earnings rose by 1.4 per cent to £1.69bn last year, as the company’s nuclear production reached an eight-year high. The results did not give a breakdown of profit margins for the firm’s UK domestic supply business. “Our financial performance means we can make the big investments the country needs to give it the reliable low carbon energy it needs now and in the future,” said chief executive Vincent de Rivaz.“The investment we are making in our existing nuclear power stations has resulted in their best performance for eight years.”
City AM 14th Feb 2014 read more »
East Anglian Daily Times 13th Feb 2014 read more »
Big-six utility company EDF Energy has said it expects to be able to extend the life of the Dungeness B nuclear power station by a decade as its parent posted stronger earnings for the year boosted by higher generating output across its European businesses. The French state-controlled company said yesterday that group earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation rose to €16.8bn (£13.8bn) and net profit climbed 7.4pc to €3.52bn last year. “We believe that their operating lives can be safely extended and we expect to be able to announce a 10 year life extension for Dungeness B before the end of 2014. This means existing nuclear can hand over directly to the next generation of nuclear power stations without the need for more fossil fuel generation.”
Telegraph 13th Feb 2014 read more »
EDF Energy has attributed an 8 per cent rise in its operating profits to its existing UK nuclear fleet, as it seeks to extend the lifetime of one plant and build new nuclear reactors in the next decade.
Construction News 13th Feb 2014 read more »
EDF Energy generated its highest amount of nuclear power in the UK for eight years in 2013. Its French parent company’s annual results published today show it hit 60.5 terrawatt hours’ (TWh) worth of energy in the year just gone. That’s up by 0.5 TWh compared with 2012. What’s more the company plans to extend the life of its nuclear plant Dungeness B by ten years, until 2028.
Energy Live News 13th Feb 2014 read more »
EDF Energy made an operating profit of £863 million in 2013 and invested over £1.1 billion, according to annual results published on Thursday. The company’s eight nuclear power stations generated 60.5TWh of electricity, the highest output in eight years. Dungeness B is set to be kept open until 2028, with a 10-year life extension likely to be announced in 2014. That means seven stations will still be running in 2023, when new plant Hinkley Point C is due to come online.
Utility Week 13th Feb 2014 read more »
EDF’s British subsidiary announced on Thursday it expected to increase the average lifetime of its advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) stations in Britain by eight years.Achieving this goal would mean all eight of its existing nuclear stations in Britain would be operational until at least 2023 with three of its seven AGR stations operating until nearer 2030.
Reuters 13th Feb 2014 read more »
French state-owned utility EDF said its investment spending would start to fall from next year as new projects came online and the group shifted it focus from coal and gas to developing its renewable energy operations. The French utility, which on Thursday reported a 7 per cent rise in annual net profit to €3.5bn, said that hydro power had been a strong growth area in France as well as nuclear operations in international markets such as China and the UK.
FT 13th Feb 2014 read more »
Last year, bosses revealed its Hartlepool site, which was due to close in 2019, is now likely to remain open until 2024.
Northern Echo 13th Feb 2014 read more »
Lake Acquisitions Limited’s ultimate parent, EDF SA, has today announced its results for the financial year ended 31 December 2013. Lake Acquisitions Limited (the Company) notes within those results the confirmation that EDF Energy now expects to achieve a ten year life extension for Dungeness B to 2028, subject to receiving the necessary approvals anticipated by the end of 2014. In December 2012, EDF Energy announced the formal operating life extensions of Hinkley Point B and Hunterston B by seven years to 2023 consistent with its target to achieve an additional seven years on average across the Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor (AGR) stations and 20 years for Sizewell B. The updated guidance for Dungeness B now increases the previous lifetime guidance for the AGR fleet from an average of seven years to an average of eight years. Achieving this expectation would mean all eight of EDF Energy’s existing nuclear stations would be operational until at least 2023, with three of the seven Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor stations operating until nearer 2030 and Sizewell B, the company’s Pressurised Water Reactor, remaining at 2055.
Wall St Journal 13th Feb 2014 read more »
Britain’s next generation of nuclear power plants will be able to call on a new high-tech further education college to train their workforce. Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock set out the plans during a speech late last month, which legislated to make technical vocational training a high quality education path that matched academic routes. According to the Government, the college will support the industrial strategy for nuclear, developed by Government and industry ‘to seize the opportunities for economic growth in the nuclear industry’.Nuclear new build in the UK is forecast to generate up to 40,000 jobs in the sector at its peak, but employers are currently reporting skills shortages – particularly in engineering. Tackling this skills gap is one of the actions to be taken forward through a focussed Skills Delivery Plan led by the Nuclear Energy Skills Alliance. An elite nuclear college will provide skilled labour to meet those needs.
The Manufacturer 13th Feb 2014 read more »
An energy company has announced a 2.5% price cut for consumers, saying that the mild winter weather has meant that gas and electricity are cheaper. Ovo Energy claimed that the reduction meant its bills were now about £180 a year cheaper than the average of the Big Six companies which supply the bulk of the UK’s households.
Guardian 14th Feb 2014 read more »
Europe – nuclear safety
National regulators should remain responsible for nuclear safety in the European Union (EU), the nuclear industry has argued. The European Commission has proposed to increase its powers in a new safety directive. European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) chairman Gerald Hennenhöfer suggested that the commission does not have the experience to ensure and assess the safety of European nuclear power plants. He was speaking at a public hearing in Brussels organised by the European Parliament on the amendments proposed last summer by the commission to the European Union (EU) nuclear safety directive, which would give the EC regulatory power regarding the safety of nuclear power plants in Europe.
World Nuclear News 13th Feb 2014 read more »
Four more countries could start building their first nuclear energy reactors in the next five years, a senior U.N. atomic energy official said on Thursday, despite a slowdown in industry growth since Japan’s Fukushima disaster three years ago. Over the last two years, the United Arab Emirates and Belarus became the first countries in around two decades to start constructing their first reactors, Anne Starz of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said. Referring to plans by Bangladesh, Jordan, Turkey and Poland, she told Reuters: “I think that there is probably another four countries that could have their first reactors under construction in the next five years.”
Reuters 13th Feb 2014 read more »
Several industrialized countries have turned their backs on nuclear power as a result of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, including one that has already begun permanently shutting functioning plants. That country is not Japan. “Germany chose to get rid of nuclear power because of Fukushima, while the United States is still in favor, but what about Japan, where the accident took place?” said Jun Tateno, who has written several books on nuclear power. “We still have not had a proper public debate about the most fundamental question: Do we want nuclear power’s low-cost electricity for growth, or do we want a safer, nuclear-free society?” Many analysts had hoped that last Sunday’s vote to choose the next governor of Tokyo would provide just such a forum to that question, which lies at the heart of Japan’s struggle to find its economic footing after two decades of malaise. But the results of the contest — which included an impassioned though unsuccessful run by two antinuclear candidates, including a former prime minister — were unclear at best.
New York Times 11th Feb 2014 read more »
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant says water samples taken from a newly-dug well contained the highest levels of radioactive cesium detected so far in groundwater at the site. Tokyo Electric Power Company says the record levels suggest that the leakage point could be near the well. The utility on Thursday said it had detected 54,000 becquerels per liter of cesium 137 and 22,000 becquerels per liter of cesium 134 in water samples. The samples were taken on Wednesday from a new observation well located 50 meters from the ocean near the Number 2 reactor. The level of cesium 137 is 600 times the government standard for radioactive wastewater that can be released into the sea. It is more than 30,000 times the level of cesium 137 found in water samples taken from another observation well to the north last week.
NHK 13th Feb 2014 read more »
Tokyo Electric Power Co. did not tell the public until recently that massively high levels of radiation were found in groundwater collected last July at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, even though the utility was aware of the data that month, according to sources. Tepco released the data on Feb. 6 showing that the groundwater contained a record 5 million becquerels per liter of radioactive strontium-90.
Japan Times 11th Feb 2014 read more »
It looks like the surface of the Moon but this pock-marked landscape is actually the result of decades of nuclear weapons testing in the Nevada desert. As the Second World War ended and the Cold War began, the U.S. military detonated hundreds of devices in its desert test site, with the last explosions taking place in 1992. When testing first began in the 1950s, few residents living near the site were concerned by the rumble of explosions or mushroom-shaped clouds on the horizon. But fears about radiation poisoning, and peace protests in later decades, put pressure on the military to end the tests. Thanks to a series of interactive maps developed by data visualization team Esri, the impact of decades of testing can be seen on the 1,360sq mile stretch of land. On the company’s America’s Nuclear Moonscape site, web users can see the craters left behind and view a chronological list of the explosions that shows the date and reason for the test.
Daily Mail 13th Feb 2014 read more »
Confidence in the government’s strategic capacities seems to be plummeting. Last month the Defence Committee published a withering report on the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR); apart from a cost cutting objective they found nothing strategic about it. In fact the Committee went so far as to suggest that the MoD should provide them with an update on the skills training in strategy provided to senior officials! Pretty damning stuff. This week a top level cross party panel, convening in Westminster for the launch of a new report into Britain’s nuclear weapons strategy, shared some similar conclusions. Chaired by former foreign secretary Dame Margaret Beckett MP, panel members included James Arbuthnot MP, Tory chair of the Defence Committee, the former Labour Chief Whip Nick Brown MP and Sir Nick Harvey MP, former Lib Dem Defence Minister. Although drawn from a range of political backgrounds, the strong commonality of view from the panellists was striking.
Huffington Post 13th Feb 2014 read more »
Tessa Munt MP: What on Earth are nuclear weapons for?
Mirror 13th Feb 2014 read more »
NUCLEAR convoys travelling through the area have prompted renewed calls for Trident to be abolished.It is understood that on the morning of Wednesday, January 29, a vehicle convoy transporting nuclear weapons from the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire to Coulport on Loch Long travelled through the Vale. Later that day, Glasgow Anniesland MSP Bill Kidd lodged a motion at the Scottish Parliament condemning the ‘dangerous practice’ of nuclear convoys.
Dumbarton Reporter 13th Feb 2014 read more »
Two cheers go to DECC for publishing its Community Energy Strategy. It’s been long overdue; energy production and energy saving at community level has long had enormous potential. Indeed, other parts of Europe are far ahead of us in this context. For example, in Germany almost 50% of energy generating plant is owned or run by local groups. This makes for an entirely different landscape as far as the generating market is concerned, as well as providing resources and income for local communities themselves as a result of those generation activities. There’s much to praise about the new strategy if it really can get momentum into the process. That’s not quite the end of the matter though. I can’t help thinking that for any sort of community energy strategy to work, there needs to be some joined up policy between DECC, local government institutions, and the Treasury (to name but three departments) to ensure that the landscape really is propitious. One very recent example which evidences the need for such cohesion well comes to mind. The Community Energy Strategy tells us that the department is going to have ‘a programme of engagement with communities and local authorities in the Energy Companies Obligation’. A number of local authorities and local communities HAVE been very engaged in ECO, to the extent that they were doing exactly what the strategy says – getting local partnerships together, securing external funds, building local interest, and easing the path for large schemes of community energy efficiency uplift – using ECO. The local authority in Southampton (which is my constituency) has, among a number of others, enthusiastically trodden that path. Southampton was about to sign up for a programme that would have secured the cladding of hundreds of hard to treat homes, to the immense benefit of local residents. But then the Prime Minister ‘reviewed’ ECO, as I predicted he might in the last column I wrote here. The result of that review has been that such schemes up and down the country have seen partners pull out because they are no longer obliged to bank the carbon savings they thought they were obliged to over the period originally stipulated
Alan Whitehead MP 13th Feb 2014 read more »
How many energy efficiency schemes does it take to install LED lighting? Five. One to provide tax relief for investments in energy saving equipment, one to provide energy intensive industry with a discount on the Climate Change Levy, one to charge everyone else for their energy related emissions, one to make all non-SME’s conduct an energy efficiency audit, and one to pay organisations for increasing peak capacity through installing energy efficiency measures. Ba da boom, tisch! Joking aside, energy efficiency schemes and incentives now abound so prolifically in the UK that the policy landscape seems to more closely resemble the nightmarish plot of a Kafka novel then a well-reasoned approach to getting folks to consider variable speed drives and heat pumps.
Business Green 13th Feb 2014 read more »
We all know energy efficiency at home makes sense – the goal of lower bills is compelling. But myths and misconceptions are still rife; for example half of those recently surveyed believed it was more economical to leave their heating on all day than to turn it on and off or up and down as required. In the same survey more than 60% of people said they’d be more energy efficient if someone told them how. The goal of saving energy and therefore money has hit home, but the how-to has not.
Guardian 14th Feb 2014 read more »
Renewables – wave power
A 24-year-old kitesurfer from Cumbria has joined Isambard Kingdom Brunel, George Stephenson and Sir Frank Whittle in Britain’s engineering Hall of Fame for his pioneering work on wave energy. Sam Etherington, who is still seeking about £150,000 to develop his wave-power invention, beat off stiff competition from Sir James Dyson and the Apple designer Sir Jonathan Ive.
Times 14th Feb 2014 read more »
A new study threatens the conventional wisdom that natural gas emits half the greenhouse gases that coal does. The research, published in Science today, may have implications for plans to use shale gas as a major energy source in the future. Government ministers argue the UK could burn gas – including domestic shale gas – instead of coal as a way of cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the energy system. But gas leakage during the extraction and transportation process may mean gas is not as low carbon as official estimates presume.
Carbon Brief 13th Feb 2014 read more »
One of Britain’s biggest power stations has claimed that the Government refused to grant it a subsidy lifeline because of a “bias” for wind farms by Ed Davey, the Energy Secretary. Eggborough coal plant, which generates 4 per cent of the UK’s electricity, says it will be forced to shut down next year without the green energy subsidies needed to convert to burning biomass material.
Times 14th Feb 2014 read more »
The devastating floods and storms sweeping Britain are clear indications of the dangers of climate change, according to Lord Stern, the author of a 2006 report on the economics of climate change. Writing in the Guardian, the crossbench peer said the flooding and storm damage demonstrate the need for Britain and the rest of the world to continue to implement low-carbon policies to reduce the probability of greater tragedies in the future. He said the five wettest years and the seven warmest years in the UK have happened since 2000, which is explained by a clear body of evidence showing that a warmer atmosphere contains more water and causes more intense rainfall. When this is combined with higher sea levels in the English Channel, the risk of flooding increases.
Guardian 13th Feb 2014 read more »
Nicolas Stern: Extreme weather events in the UK and overseas are part of a growing pattern that it would be very unwise for us, or our leaders, to ignore, writes the author of the influential 2006 report on the economics of climate change.
Guardian 14th Feb 2014 read more »