THE leader of Cumbria County Council is seriously concerned west Cumbria will not get the vital investment it needs in its infrastructure. Labour leader of the council, Councillor Stewart Young, said the council was “reaching the end of its tether” with the lack of support from government and NuGen, which has plans to build a £10bn power station at Moorside, Sellafield. Without investment in vital infrastructure as soon as possible, Cllr Young said the power station could not be supported.
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Bouygues Construction announced this week that a subsidiary, Bouygues Travaux Publics, a consortium with the British construction firm Laing O’Rourke, had signed contracts with French utility EDF for the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear reactors in the United Kingdom. The contract’s value for the company comes to at least $1.81 billion, Bouygues said.
Nuclear Street 13th Jan 2017 read more »
Small and medium-sized firms in Suffolk could join forces to put together consortium bids in order to compete against larger, national, companies for work in connection with the Sizewell C nuclear power station project.
Ipswich Star 13th Jan 2017 read more »
Pay rise offer turned down as industrial action looms at Dounreay.
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Proposals to allow power station workers to live on a caravan park are set to be rejected.
Clacton & Frinton Gazette 12th Jan 2017 read more »
Fylde’s MP has said he will keep the pressure on to get nuclear fuel for a new power station made locally. Mark Menzies (pictured) said today that new nuclear power proposals for Moorside in Cumbria could protect hundreds of jobs at the Springfields fuel factory at Salwick. Prime Minister Theresa May declared the nuclear industry has a ‘crucial role’ in our country’s energy needs as she welcomed the proposals from NuGen and Toshiba to develop a new nuclear power plant at Moorside. She made a statement in Parliament after Mr Menzies pressed her on the issue, hoping the new scheme will secure hundreds of jobs at Springfields in Salwick.
Blackpool Gazette 13th Jan 2017 read more »
NuScale formally completed its design submission to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday. The 12,000-page application will now undergo a lengthy review by the NRC, which must approve the design before construction can begin.
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Power Engineering 13th Jan 2017 read more »
The prospects for expansion of the nuclear industry worldwide look worse in 2017 than at any time since the first atom stations were built in the 1950s. Toshiba, the giant Japanese company that owns the American reactor designer Westinghouse, is the latest company to face financial difficulties due to unforeseen cost overruns and delays that run into billions of dollars. Westinghouse Electric’s troubles began after it bought construction contractor CB&I Stone & Webster and then had to write down the value of the acquisition by billions of dollars because of problems with building four new reactors for U.S. utilities.
Ecowatch 12th Jan 2017 read more »
The Government should set out that it will achieve a decarbonised power sector without recourse to new nuclear power or large scale biomass and biofuels. Nuclear has an unresolved nuclear waste problem and unnecessary risks of catastrophic disasters. It is a distraction from decarbonisation, hugely costly and there are multiple cleaner, safer and cheaper ways to power our country. The Government should review National Policy Statements on nuclear in order to phase out the UK’s reliance on nuclear.
FoE 6th Jan 2017 read more »
Centrica has ended its foray into producing renewable energy with the £487m sale of its last remaining stake in an offshore windfarm to the Green Investment Bank. The deal marks an end for British Gas owner Centrica as a wind power generator after beating a retreat from the sector over the past year with the sale of stakes in two other wind farms – Aberdeen’s Glens of Foundland project and Lynn and Inner Dowsing off Lincolshire. The FTSE 100 energy giant said the sale of its half of the 270MW Lincs wind farm off the coast of Skegness would bring in proceeds of £220m after costs related to the sale are taken into account. Project partner Siemens also plans to sell its 25pc share, but Denmark’s Dong Energy will retain its 25pc holding in the venture. Centrica’s wind power exit is part of a billion-pound strategy set out in 2015 to shift the company away from large-scale energy production towards customer-facing activities. At the time the company said it hoped to release £1bn by selling off assets from its wind and North Sea business arms. By the end of the decade the company intends to funnel £1.5bn towards supplying business energy customers with advanced efficiency services and adapting to the shift among households towards the use of ‘smart home’ technology, which uses internet-connected devices to remotely manage energy use.
Telegraph 13th Jan 2017 read more »
The European Commission is standing behind its approval of Hungary’s decision to buy two nuclear reactors from Russia for its Paks II power plant without holding a tender. The Commission dismissed the concerns of environmental groups questioning the lack of a bidding process in a letter, saying the “arguments put forward did not provide new elements that would have led the Commission to reconsider its previous position.”
Politico 13th Jan 2017 read more »
The price paid for solar power in India at auction is set to fall below last year’s record lows for the South Asia nation, driven by plummeting panel prices, falling interest rates and competition among developers seeking a slice of the country’s renewables market. Prices could dip lower than the 4.34 rupees (6 cents) a kilowatt-hour offered in auctions held in the state of Rajasthan a year ago, according to at least one developer of solar projects in India.
Bloomberg 11th Jan 2017 read more »
Letter David Lowry: Cornel West overlooks one dramatic failure by Barack Obama to deliver a key promise. The citation for the Nobel peace prize Obama was awarded in November 2009 stated the committee has attached “special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons”. Yet in October last year at the UN when 123 nations voted to begin negotiations this year on a new treaty to prohibit the possession of nuclear weapons – the so-called “Ban treaty”, the US voted no; and indeed led the opposition to this treaty, closely followed by the UK, Russia and France.
Guardian 13th Jan 2017 read more »
Renewables – tidal
Generating power in the U.K. by harnessing the ebb and flow of tidal lagoons may be significantly cheaper than building new nuclear electricity plants or offshore wind farms, according to a government-backed review.
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Roman-style concrete should be used to build the seawall for the planned Swansea lagoon, an expert has warned. Professor Marie Jackson of the University of Utah warns the steel reinforcing a conventional concrete lagoon seawall will corrode after 60 years. Roman concrete sea defences made without cement or steel could last more than 2,000 years. The firm proposing the lagoon said it would use the best modern engineering. But Prof Jackson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that Roman-style concrete based on volcanic ash should be considered. It would also produce far fewer emissions of carbon dioxide from cement manufacture.
BBC 13th Jan 2017 read more »
One nationally significant infrastructure project consisting of a tidal lagoon has so far been given consent, to be built in Swansea Bay. The government appeared to hesitate about endorsing it and commissioned Charles Hendry, former energy minister, to review tidal lagoons generally. His report came out yesterday and can be found here. The report is an enthusiastic endorsement of tidal lagoons. It’s quite long, at 183 pages, and even the conclusions and recommendations run to 19 pages. Dear report writers, please could you number your paragraphs so that people like me can refer to them easily. Thanks.
BDB Law 13th Jan 2017 read more »
Global investments in renewable power dropped the most on record in 2016 as demand in China and Japan faltered. Worldwide spending on clean energy fell 18 percent from 2015’s record high to $287.5 billion, according to a report Thursday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. It was the first decline since 2013 and comes as environmental policies face pressure from populist movements that have fuelled the rise of Donald Trump, the UK Independence Party and others. Even as spending ebbs, the amount of wind and solar energy connected to power grids around the world continues to surge, gaining 19 percent in 2016, according to New Energy Finance. That’s in part because investors are getting more bang for their buck as competition and technological advances have dramatically reduced prices for photovoltaic panels and wind turbines.
Independent 13th Jan 2017 read more »
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