Swedish state-owned power utility Vattenfall AB has dropped plans to sell its domestic electricity distribution business and invest in U.K. nuclear power amid political opposition to its proposals, the Financial Times reported Thursday. Vattenfall said the sale of its domestic distribution business had been considered but was rejected by the board of directors, according to the FT. Vattenfall added that it had no current plans to take part in the construction of the new generation of nuclear power plants proposed by the U.K. government, the paper said.
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Vatenfall chief executive Lars Josefsson, one of Europe’s most powerful energy executives, is in trouble with his boss – the Swedish government – and his employees. Josefsson finds himself at the centre of a political firestorm after it emerged that Vattenfall, one of Europe’s largest energy utilities, and a major player in renewables, had plans to put its domestic electricity distribution assets on the auction block in order to invest in UK nuclear power. Nuclear energy is a political flashpoint in Sweden, and the Swedish government, which is the sole owner of Vattenfall, was quick to condemn the strategy. Josefsson has been criticised by a number of politicians in recent years for his unwillingness to stop investing in fossil-fuel and nuclear assets across Europe.
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Utility Centrica’s planned move into atomic energy by buying a 20 per cent stake in British Energy is to go ahead, placing it at the forefront of Britain’s nuclear new-build plan, it said yesterday. Centrica’s plan hinged on selling its 51 per cent stake in Belgian utility SPE to British Energy’s owner, French utility EDF, a deal that was cleared by European Union regulators on Thursday.
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In a series of energy policy statements the UK government has highlighted what it calls the need for nuclear power int he generation mix and has published its draft Nuclear National Policy Statement (NPS), which names ten sites suitable for new nuclear deployment by the end of 2025. The document sets out why new nuclear power is needed, and says that the government is satisfied there will be ‘effective arrangements’ to manage and dispose of the waste generated from new plants. It has also outlined plans to fast-track nuclear site applications, currently a notoriously slow process in the UK, promising that final decisions will be made within twelve months of the receipt of an application.
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Islanders are holding fire over the Government’s decision to include Bradwell on its new nuclear power station shortlist. West Mersea Town Council’s newly-formed Bradwell sub-committee wants assurances and answers to questions before deciding its next move.
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People from the eastern end of Sussex and western Kent may well be breathing a sigh of relief after the announcement that the ten sites earmarked for the new generation of nuclear power stations will not now include Dungeness. Assuming this plan is not subsequently changed it will mean the current station will be decommissioned sometime between now and 2023 and not replaced.
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Gordon Brown has refused to rule out Dungeness as a site for a new power plant despite plans being rejected because of environmental concerns. The government dismissed Dungeness as a location for one of 10 new nuclear power stations on Monday. But the Prime Minster told BBC South East Today it was only an initial decision and it could play a part in the county’s future nuclear plans.
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Hartlepool residents are this weekend being asked to have their say on proposals to a build a new nuclear power station in the area. Hartlepool has been confirmed this week as a potential site for a new nuclear power station. The move is part of the Government’s efforts to encourage more energy sources that don’t harm that planet, but also boost Britain’s own energy security. Hartlepool residents will have their chance to find out more about the proposed site at an exhibition held this Friday and Saturday at the Hartlepool Maritime Experience, Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool, TS24 0XZ. People can also take part in a public discussion event, which will be held on Saturday morning.
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CONCERNED residents turned out at a village hall meeting to question officials from the National Grid about the 400,000 volt power line proposal.
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WEST Somerset Council is encouraging local people to attend the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s public consultation events. The events provide information and offer a chance for people to have their say about potential development of new nuclear stations at Hinkley Point. Events will be held at the Canalside Conference Centre from November 19 to 21.
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Nuclear power may seem like a quick fix. It’s not. It’s a catastrophe waiting to happen. By claiming that it’s “clean” and “relatively safe”, energy secretary Ed Miliband has blown his credibility right out of the water. Safe for now, perhaps. The terrorist attack scenario is a giant red herring. The reactors at Sizewell, Bradwell and elsewhere should be safe enough against that prospect. But what of a few decades down the line? A century or two? A millennium or two? Can we build anything that will reliably keep lethal waste safe for that long? How safe will Sizewell be when the sea erodes away the cliff it’s built on – as it surely will? How safe is “relatively safe”? Relative to what? Global warming? All-out nuclear war?
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TWO senior firefighters were rapped after they didn’t turn out to lead their crew to a blaze at a nuclear power station. The crew at Holyhead fire station sat waiting for their command officers as a blaze forced the closure a reactor at Wylfa power station nearby. Fire chiefs took the drastic decision to stand the crew down, and a team was sent from Benllech instead.
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A REPLACEMENT for Wylfa power station is long overdue, according to a leading business group. The North Wales Economic Forum says the island could be part of an energy revolution alongside offshore and inshore wind power. NWEF chairman Dr Roy Bichen is calling for a second nuclear power station on Anglesey as soon as possible.
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RWE npower is inviting people to have a say on proposals for a new nuclear power station at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey. Later this month (November 2009), the company will hold a series of exhibitions to discuss proposals for a possible new power station. The exhibitions will explain the environmental, ecological and socio-economic studies the company will be undertaking to investigate the possible impacts of a new station at Wylfa and help to shape a future planning application. The events are an opportunity to meet the project team, ask questions and give feedback.
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Incidents of air crew mishaps at a nuclear plant’s airfield during the 1970s have been published online. Health and safety reports held at Dounreay in Caithness include details of an aviation fuel fire and an aircraft clipping a wooden fence post.
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When this week Ed Miliband unveiled the 10 sites identified as the most suitable for a new generation of nuclear power plants, that familiar cartographic pattern appeared again: a clutter of symbols around the English and Welsh coasts contrasting with the virgin white spaces of Scotland. The Scottish government wants renewable sources to supply 50% of the country’s electricity by 2020 and to have all power generation “decarbonised” by the end of the following 10 years. Turbines powered from dams and by winds, waves and currents won’t meet all the demand, even in a place where these natural forces are so abundant. Nuclear is out. That leaves the SNP government in Edinburgh clinging to the deeply uncertain prospects of “clean coal” like a drowning man – and the elevation of the name Hunterston to the same controversial rank as Dounreay and Faslane.
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In response to the recommendation of the RCUK (Research councils UK) Review of Physics, EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and STFC have carried out a review of nuclear physics and nuclear engineering in the UK which was chaired by Dr Sue Ion.
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A new briefing on the Olkiluoto reactor.
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The drop in French nuclear availability will cost EDF one billion euros ($1.49 billion) and availability in 2009 should fall by one percentage point on the previous year to 78 percent, EDF said on Friday. France, which relies on nuclear power for 80 percent of its electricity, has seen its nuclear availability at record lows in the past few months because of strikes in the spring which delayed maintenance and a high number of unplanned outages.
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The recent announcement of a stay of execution on three of the clauses of the legislative framework for the building of Turkey’s first ever nuclear power plant has reinforced doubts about the viability of the project and threatens to strain Turkey’s increasingly close economic relationship with Russia. The court decision is the latest in a series of setbacks for Turkey’s nuclear power ambitions. The contract for the building of a nuclear plant in Akkuyu, near Mersin on Turkey’s eastern Mediterranean coast, was first announced on March 13, 2008. The size of the plant was set at 4,000 MW, plus or minus 25 percent. It was the fourth time that Turkey had sought to build a nuclear power plant. The previous attempt had collapsed in 2000 in the face of public opposition and the likely high price of the electricity that the plant would produce.
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Turkey and the UN’s nuclear watchdog have confirmed they are discussing a proposal to allow Iran to store some of its enriched uranium in Turkey.
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Just one challenge in the international cleanup operation of a nuclear research lab now in Serbia is to remove 2000 drums full of radioactive waste whose contents are unknown.
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Germany plans to help Morocco develop a water-desalination plant and electricity generators using solar power as part of a larger program to expand the use of renewable energy in the North African nation. Funding and specifics of the solar accord will be discussed at talks next week in Rabat between the two governments. Morocco, the only country in the region with a power cable to Europe, imports 97 percent of its energy. The nation is vying with Algeria, Tunisia and Libya for 400 billion euros ($596 billion) of investments in solar-energy systems over the coming decades as the EU seeks to trim emissions from coal and natural gas power plants by importing clean power from the Sahara.
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Less than half the population believes that human activity is to blame for global warming, according to an exclusive poll for The Times. The revelation that ministers have failed in their campaign to persuade the public that the greenhouse effect is a serious threat requiring urgent action will make uncomfortable reading for the Government as it prepares for next month’s climate change summit in Copenhagen. Only 41 per cent accept as an established scientific fact that global warming is taking place and is largely man-made. Almost a third (32 per cent) believe that the link is not yet proved; 8 per cent say that it is environmentalist propaganda to blame man and 15 per cent say that the world is not warming.
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