The Sizewell B nuclear power station in Suffolk has been shutdown after a potential fault was discovered in the plant’s lubrication system. Operators EDF Energy decided to take the station offline after instruments in the control room indicated there could be a possible problem. The decision to shutdown was taken to allow staff to carry out a full investigation as well as begining a programme of planned routine maintenance.
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Sizewell and Torness
EDF Energy, the UK’s biggest nuclear provider, idled 1,840 megawatts of atomic output on Sunday after shutting down its Sizewell and Torness 2 reactors, it said in a statement. Reactor 2 at Torness came offline at 1.09 AM (1209 GMT) on Sunday. That reactor can output 640 MW at maximum capacity.
Reuters 14th May 2012 more >>
Tokyo Electric Power Company, the owner of the devastated Fukushima nuclear plant, posted an annual net loss of 781.6bn yen, as it faces billions of dollars in clean-up costs and compensation for the radiation disaster.
Telegraph 14th May 2012 more >>
Kansai Electric Power Co. (9503) and two other Japanese utilities may have power shortages this summer without supplies from nuclear reactors, a government panel said. Kansai Electric, the utility most dependent on nuclear power, may face the biggest shortage of 14.9 percent, the independent committee said in a draft report published May 12. Kyushu Electric Power Co. and Hokkaido Electric Power Co. may have shortages of 2.2 percent and 1.9 percent, the report said.
Bloomberg 13th May 2012 more >>
Iran warned Western powers on Sunday that applying pressure on Tehran could jeopardize talks on its nuclear programme, state television reported.
Reuters 13th May 2012 more >>
A drawing based on information from inside an Iranian military site shows an explosives containment chamber of the type needed for nuclear arms-related tests that U.N. inspectors suspect Tehran has conducted there. Iran denies such testing and has neither confirmed nor denied the existence of such a chamber. The computer-generated drawing was provided to The Associated Press by an official of a country tracking Iran’s nuclear program who said it proves the structure exists, despite Tehran’s refusal to acknowledge it.
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