Lynne Jones (Lab Selly Oak) has signed a Commons motion insisting “the case for new nuclear power stations has not been made” and highlighting “the risks and costs of nuclear power, in terms of waste disposal, decommissioning, security and health concerns”. And Richard Burden (Lab Northfield) last night said: “I still have very big concerns. We don’t know exactly what the economic costs will be, and we don’t know how we are going to dispose of nuclear waste.”
Birmingham Post 11th Jan 2008 more >>
Iberdrola SA said it is negotiating a 50:50 joint venture with British Energy Group to build a 1,600 megawatt nuclear power plant in southern England, confirming a report in Expansion which estimated the investment at 2.8 bln eur.
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More than half of Britain’s already dwindling nuclear workforce is likely to be retired by the time the new stations open for business, leading union figures claim. This will leave a huge gap as years of unfashionability have seen many universities close specialist courses and companies scale back training programmes.
Personnel Today 15th Jan 2008 more >>
If a substantial expansion of nuclear power takes place in England and Wales, it could limit the opportunity for Scottish generators to export renewable power. An expansion of nuclear power in the rest of the UK could inhibit the growth of renewable power. The UK and Scotland have already lost the opportunity to lead the world in wind-power manufacturing, but a real commitment to renewable power research and development could lead to the growth of a marine-power and renewable-hydrogen industry and of expertise in integrated mixed renewable energy systems. It will be particularly important to increase support for research and development as the expansion of nuclear power in the rest of the UK could well divert UK-wide research and development funds away from renewable energy.
Scotsman 14th Jan 2008 more >>
Letters: Generating electricity by nuclear power is the ultimate political quick fix. Future generations will pick up the bill for cheap and wrong decisions taken today. While there is an impending power crisis in the south of England due to long term incompetence by successive governments which militates towards the nuclear quick fix, no such imperative faces Scotland.
Scotsman 15th Jan 2008 more >>
Letters: Throughout the world there is vast export potential for nuclear desalination plants in a world growing short of fresh water owing to climate change. An appropriate metaphor might be to argue that there are an awful lot of potential Scottish jobs down the drain there. Neither is the world running out of fuel for reactors. There are vast untapped thorium reserves throughout the world and particularly in India, which is already building thorium-burning nuclear plants.
Herald 15th Jan 2008 more >>
A SITE in Wirral will be inspected in the hunt for locations for new nuclear power stations, after the Government backed the idea in principle yesterday. The former Capenhurst Diffusion plant, on the Wirral border, emerged as an outside bet, as ministers triggered a furious row by describing the case for new plants as “compelling”.
Liverpool Daily Post 11th Jan 2008 more >>
KEY political figures last night vowed to “lobby at all levels” in a bid to secure a new nuclear reactor in North Wales. The pledge was made after the Government announced it was giving the go-ahead for a new generation of nuclear power stations across the UK.
Daily Post 11th Jan 2008 more >>
EMPLOYERS’ organisation the CBI is urging the UK government to make an early decision on whether a replacement nuclear power plant on Anglesey will be built.
Daily Post 12th Jan 2008 more >>
In a statement, BE said it was “currently undertaking detailed assessments of its sites” to find the best potential candidates for new nuclear power stations. The Heysham One reactor is due to be shut down in 2014 with the second reactor likely to close in 2023, although there is a suggestion the life of the reactor could be renewed. However, it is expected British Energy’s other sites at Sizewell in Suffolk, Somerset’s Hinkley Point, Dungeness in Kent and Bradwell in Essex are likely to lead the way in any first phase of new stations.
Lancashire Eveving Post 14th Jan 2008 more >>
Bosses at Springfields in Salwick have expressed their delight at yesterday’s green light for a new generation of nuclear power stations. And the owner of the site, Westinghouse, says its design for a new plant – the AP1000 – would be a “cost effective” alternative for the new breed of stations. The company started production on four of the power stations in China in March and will use its Chinese experience in the UK.
Blackpool Today 11th Jan 2008 more >>
TOWN MP Iain Wright has defended Government proposals to give the go-ahead for further nuclear power stations being built. Hartlepool Power Station is expected to figure on the list of current sites to be redeveloped, in a bid to extend the lifespan of the station.
Hartlepool Mail 12th Jan 2008 more >>
EFFORTS to limit the threat from climate change will be helped by a new era in nuclear energy, the DUP’s Sammy Wilson said.
Belfast Newsletter 14th Jan 2008 more >>
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has offered Saudi Arabia help in developing peaceful nuclear energy at the start of a Gulf tour he hopes will secure billions of dollars in contracts for French firms.
Reuters 14th Jan 2008 more >>
French energy giant Total, utility major Suez and nuclear group Areva have signed a partnership agreement to submit a nuclear power plant project to the authorities of the United Arab Emirates.
Energy Business Review 14th Jan 2008 more >>
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French utility EDF said it signed a frame cooperation agreement with the Government of Qatar on the use of civil nuclear power and the development of renewable energy sources.
AFX 14th Jan 2008 more >>
With a controversial nuclear deal with the US now in limbo, India has held out the possibility of civilian nuclear cooperation with China.
Interactive Investor 15th Jan 2008 more >>
FRANCE tried to sell Saddam Hussein a nuclear weapon, it was claimed yesterday. Top Iranian commander General Mir-Feisal Baqerzadeh said the offer was made to Iraq in 1987 during the Iran-Iraq war by an official of then-President Francois Mitterand’s government.
The Sun 15th Jan 2008 more >>
From 2001 to 2006 a worker who was supposed to make hourly fire patrols at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in Southern California faked records to show checks had been made when they had not been, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Monday.
Reuters 14th Jan 2008 more >>
Sweden’s Liberal Party, a member of the ruling coalition, has called for the construction of 4 nuclear power stations.
World Nuclear News 14th Jan 2008 more >>
British Gas owner Centrica has taken a 10% stake in Ceres Power, a university spin-off that is developing what it says is a domestic boiler that is more environmentally friendly.
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Independent 15th Jan 2008 more >>
Electricity companies are estimated to be making £296m in unjustified top-up charges to people on low incomes using pre-payment meters than they do to generally wealthier customers paying by direct debit, according to Energywatch.
Independent 15th Jan 2008 more >>
Areva, the French nuclear company, has secured a key source of uranium needed to supply its global expansion plans with a deal to open a new mine in Niger. The agreement will normalise Areva’s increasingly strained relationships with the former French colony, which has sought to erode the company’s 30-year mon-opoly. Under the accord, Areva has won the right to invest more than €1bn ($1.5bn) in opening another uranium mine in the west African country.
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