A majority of Scottish MPs are opposed to Tony Blair’s plans to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system, a BBC survey has found.
BBC 15th Dec 2006
Toshiba Corp.’s Westinghouse Electric Co. won a contract from China to build four nuclear reactors, trumping Areva SA for a project worth as much $5.3 billion. The contract may produce 5,500 jobs in the U.S. Westinghouse will build two reactors at Sanmen in Zhejiang province and two at Yangjiang in Guangdong, the U.S. Department of Energy said in a statement today. U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman and Ma Kai, head of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, signed the agreement in Beijing today.
Bloomberg 16th Dec 2006
Reuters 16th Dec 2006
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday questioned why oil-rich Saudi Arabia might want nuclear power and said she wanted to know more about plans by Gulf states to study nuclear energy.
Reuters 15th Dec 2006
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe withheld support for India’s ambitions to become a nuclear power, saying he would wait for more answers from New Delhi.
Interactive Investor 15th Dec 2006
The five banks suggested as possible backers of Bulgaria’s Belene nuclear power station have come under pressure from environmental NGOs which fear that cost cutting and positioning in a region of significant seismic activity will make the plant unacceptably risky to build and operate.
EDIE 12th Dec 2006
Babcock International, the support services company, is considering a bid for the Devonport naval yard in Plymouth, a deal that would pave the way for a deeper restructuring of Britain’s submarine-building industry. The future of Devonport, which maintains, upgrades and refuels the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet, has been in question for several weeks following a row between KBR, the US infrastructure group that owns 51 per cent of the yard, and the Ministry of Defence.
FT 16th Dec 2006