National Policy Statements
Six National Policy Statements (NPSs) in the field of energy are expected to be launched for a second round of consultation on Monday.These NPSs are half of a suite of twelve such statements, which are to form the basis for considering applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects under the Planning Act regime. The two main functions they perform are to set out the need for the infrastrucutre, and to identify impacts that the promoters should assess and the decision-maker should consider. The six NPSs are: Overarching Energy (EN-1); fossil fuel electricity generation (EN-2); renewable electricity generation (EN-3); gas and oil infrastructure (EN-4); overhead electric lines (EN-5) and nuclear power (EN-6). On 18 October 2010, revised drafts of the six energy NPSs will be published and a new round of consultation will open until 24 January 2011. The government is planning for legal challenges to be made to the adoption (‘designation’) of the energy NPSs, and is not expecting them to be finally in place until later next year. It will be interesting to see whether any more consultation of local authorities has taken place or will take place on publicising the eight remaining sites named in the Nuclear Power NPS, as this was a vulnerability that the original draft suffered from.
Bircham Dyson & Bell 15th Oct 2010 more >>
The government was wrong to cancel an £80m loan to Sheffield Forgemasters to make parts for nuclear power stations, Labour leader Ed Miliband has said. His comments came as he visited the plant after Business Secretary Vince Cable said the loan was unaffordable.
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An MP has vowed to do everything humanly possible to ensure a new-build nuclear power station at Sellafield goes ahead after two other sites earmarked in Cumbria were allegedly ruled out.
Carlisle News and Star 15th Oct 2010 more >>
British Energy, part of EDF Energy, has installed over 400 AUMA actuators at a number of its sites, including Hinkley B, Dungeness B and Hunterston B. The company has engaged the manufacturer to provide tailored training programmes to support its use of the technology. British Energy uses AUMA actuators to facilitate process control automation. It, therefore regards the technology as ’process critical’, with heavy emphasis on the development of practical skills around its application.
The Engineer 15th Oct 2010 more >>
EDF Energy is planning on building a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point by 2017. Such major investment will generate significant commercial opportunities for companies wishing to become an essential part of the supply chain – with many of the contracts being open to non-nuclear specialists. GWE Business West is hosting a seminar where you will be able to hear first hand about the business benefits of this development. This is a breakfast event held on Tuesday 26th October .
GWE Business 15th Oct 2010 more >>
SELLAFIELD management has been warned about the potential effects that redundancies will have on the rest of the workforce. Prospect staff union official Peter Clements said workers were in danger of being sent home “stressed and over-worked” because they would be doing the same work with 800 fewer employees. Before the redundancy programme was announced, Nuclear Management Partners had said it wants to be able to do “six years work in five” to make the site more cost-effective.
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Sellafield nuclear plant is seeking to appoint a consultancy to carry out marketing and advertising work, which will include website design and brand development.
Design Week 15th Oct 2010 more >>
Wylfa was due to close this December, but will continue to generate power until 2012, bringing in £100m for the NDA.
New Statesman 15th Oct 2010 more >>
British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL) is to be finally abolished, said the UK government as it carried out a major cull of public bodies. The former industrial giant began life in 1971 and developed to manage the UK’s nuclear fuel cycle centres and all 26 Magnox nuclear power reactors. It established a US-based decommissioning division in 1990, bought the reactor vendor Westinghouse in 1999 and in 2000 bought the nuclear business of ABB and integrated it into Westinghouse. In its own words, BNFL was “a highly influential and respected nuclear company with operations across the UK and overseas.”
World Nuclear News 15th Oct 2010 more >>
French nuclear group Areva is at an advanced stage of negotiations with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) to supply six mega light water reactors and will import major components like pressure vessel and primary loop for the first two units. Areva is seeking to sell six 1,750 MW European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs), which will be housed in Jaitapur nuclear park in Maharashtra.
The Indian 15th Oct 2010 more >>
Is there a nuclear revival in the US? by Michele Boyd of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Most of the slew of subsidies for new reactors were enacted in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, including taxpayer-funded licensing, “risk insurance” to pay the industry for delays in licensing, “such sums as necessary” to construct a reactor in Idaho, 20-year reauthorization of limited liability for the nuclear industry in the event of an accident or attack, production tax credits, and federal loan guarantees for new reactors.
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Constellation Energy Group Inc on Friday offered to transfer its half-interest in a nuclear joint venture to France’s Electricite de France SA (EDF) at a bargain price, but said a dispute over an unrelated put option should be addressed separately.
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Constellation Energy of the US has rebuffed an attempt by France’s EDF to resolve their dispute over a put option that would give the US group the right to sell EDF a group of conventional power stations for up to $2bn. The French group is seeking to link the issue of the option to sell EDF the conventional power plants with negotiations over the future of a joint venture to develop new nuclear power stations.
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Russia has agreed to help Venezuela build its first nuclear power station, in a move that is likely to raise concerns in Washington about the increasingly close co-operation between Moscow and Caracas.
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The Iranian foreign minister says Iran is ready to resume talks with the international community on its nuclear programme within a few weeks.
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Between 1949 and 1989 the Soviet Union detonated 456 nuclear bombs at the Semipalatinsk test ground in eastern Kazakhstan, sending plumes of toxic fallout over nearby villages. More than 20 years on, the health effects are still being felt.
The Lancet 16th Oct 2010 more >>
Hermann Scheer, one of the world’s leading advocates for solar power, has died at the age of sixty-six. The German economist and politician helped make Germany a renewable energy powerhouse and inspired many across the world to expand the use of solar power. Scheer had been member of the German Parliament for three decades and was the president of EUROSOLAR, the European Association for Renewable Energy.
Democracy Now 15th Oct 2010 more >>