British Energy could be facing a bill of up to £160m as a result of the shutdown of two of its nuclear power plants this winter. The company said remedial engineering work at the Hartlepool and Heysham 1 plants would cost £50m, while inspection work on the four reactors at the two sites had cost another £20m. British Energy said it planned a phased return to service over autumn and early winter this year. The length of the time the plants will be off line means there will be further costs as it has to buy in electricity already sold under contract, which it will not be able to generate. The firm has not put a figure on the expected cost of making up the shortfall but industry sources suggested it could be £90m.
Guardian 19th Jan 2008 more >>
Scotsman 19th Jan 2008 more >>
British Energy Group Plc, the UK’s biggest power generator, will keep four nuclear reactors halted until at least July as it modifies operating systems after discovering corroded wires.
Bloomberg 18th Jan 2008 more >>
Blackpool Gazette 18th Jan 2008 more >>
Letters: (1) Gordon Brown’s decision to go for nuclear power is correct. (2) I warmly welcome the decision taken by the UK parliament to go ahead with more nuclear power stations. The immediate outcry from the environmentalists came as no surprise.
Scotsman letters 19th Jan 2008 more >>
If a new generation of nuclear power stations is to be built, then somewhere needs to be found to bury the dangerous waste. Hands up if you want a nuclear waste dump in your village? Don’t all rush at once. It sounds like a joke, but it is a deadly serious business for the government. But how do you convince a local community that it should allow nuclear waste on its doorstep? The answer is inducements or, to put it another way, millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money.
BBC 19th Jan 2008 more >>
Cromarty Firth Port Authority has stressed the appointment of a member of the UK committee responsible for the management of radioactive waste to its board does not mean it plans to carry out nuclear decommissioning work at Nigg. There were fears that plans to decommission nuclear submarines at the former fabrication yard in Easter Ross could be resurrected after it was announced that Highland Council’s former director of planning and development, John Rennilson, would join the board as a co-opted member for a year, on April 1.
Aberdeen Press and Journal 18th Jan 2008 more >>
An underground repository would be run by a private company.
Whitehaven News 10th Jan 2008 more >>
A millionaire businessman today told the Belfast Telegraph how he hopes to build a £1bn nuclear power station in the province. Londonderry entrepreneur Robert Andrews – founder of the hi-tech Andronics satellite products company – said he is preparing an environmental impact study to see what effect a nuclear power station would have on the region.
Belfast Telegraph 18th Jan 2008 more >>
Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said on Friday his country and China had a “basically similar” stance on Tehran’s nuclear programme. China and Iran also had a consensus on arms control, nuclear non-proliferation and the peaceful use of nuclear power, Jalili told a news conference in Beijing after meeting Chinese officials.
Reuters 18th Jan 2008 more >>
Israel has carried out the successful test launch of a long-range, ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, in what was intended as a clear show of strength to Iran.
Telegraph 19th Jan 2008 more >>
Hillary Clinton has pledged to “end for good” the U.S. Department of Energy’s multibillion-dollar, quarter-century effort to build a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, in the desert north of Las Vegas. Clinton is pledging to shift the nation’s energy emphasis away to “clean, renewable energy,”
Seattle Post Intelligencer 18th Jan 2008 more >>
Swedish power company Vattenfall has appointed Per?Olof Waessman to the newly established function as chief nuclear officer.
Energy Business Review 18th Jan 2008 more >>
The 3 new non-executive Directors at Sellafield took part in a nuclear safety seminar.
North West Evening Mail 18th Jan 2008 more >>
Unions have launched a battle to keep Sellafield as a prime nuclear site, urging nuclear operators to make use of plutonium and reprocessed uranium.
Carlisle News and Star 18th Jan 2008 more >>
Russia and Bulgaria signed Friday a 4 bln eur contract for the construction of a new 2,000-megawatt nuclear power plant in the town of Belene on the Danube. The contract, which foresees construction starting later this year, was signed by Russian company Atomstroiexport and Bulgaria’s National Electricity Company in Sofia.
AFX 18th Jan 2008 more >>
A CORONER has ruled that there is not enough evidence to link the death from leukaemia of a former driver at the Winfrith nuclear site to radiation exposure during his employment.
Dorset Echo 18th Jan 2008 more >>