Nuclear Industry Association
John Hutton has taken on a new role as chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association; the trade association and representative voice of Britains civil nuclear industry.
NW Evening Mail 1st August 2011 more >>
French state-owned power company EDF has been given permission to start the pre-construction of “Hinkley C” the third nuclear power station on the Somerset coast of the Bristol channel. From the announcement, it might appear that the firm will just send in a few bulldozers and put a fence around the site, much like any other construction project. Wrong. EDF must completely clear 400 acres of land and will then move more soil and rock from the site than has been moved to create the Olympic games site in London. There’s also the small matter of planning permission. EDF still has no formal permission to construct the reactor, so this would be a bit awkward if Centrica, its partner in the project, decides to pull out at any stage (as the City is advising it to). Its prototype are the two being built at Flamanville in Normandy, France, and in Finland. Both of these have taken nearly twice as long to build as expected and, at £5.2bn for Flamanville, are turning out to be nearly twice as expensive as expected. But anyone who thinks the Hinkley C or any of the other new generation of plants are a done deal despite what government, the industry and a few climate change greens want, should think again.
Guardian 1st August 2011 more >>
West Somerset District Council approved planning permission for preparatory work on the site at Hinkley Point C, creating around 500 mainly local jobs. The company says it is now submitting a Nuclear Site Licence with its partner Centrica and environmental permit applications for the new plant.
Energy Efficiency News 1st Aug 2011 more >>
By his own admission, Npower chief Kevin McCullough is Britains bravest executive or the stupidest. He runs an energy company at a time when consumer anger against energy suppliers has never been greater and at a time when his company is being investigated for the way in which it handles customers complaints. Only last week Sam Laidlaw, of Centrica, said that the public was so cynical that no sudden Damascene moment would convince them that rising bills were fair. So the chief operating officer of RWE npower has put himself in the line of fire by agreeing to make two national television appearances today to face consumers head-on. This morning he will take his place on the sofa of Daybreak, ITVs breakfast show, to answer questions from viewers who have been confron ted with rising utility bills that this month will hit a record high. And tonight he will feature in the programme Undercover Boss, to be broadcast on Channel 4, in one section posing as an npower call centre worker dealing with customers complaints.
Times 2nd Aug 2011 more >>
Electricity Market Reform
Manufacturers are lobbying for more than £470m in compensation from the taxpayer for having to swallow four green levies by the end of the decade. The EEF, a manufacturing group, wants “direct compensation” for the £1.2bn per year by 2020 that its members will be paying under the “carbon floor price”. This levy will artificially raise the amount of tax paid on each tonne of carbon dioxide emitted above the market price. The group is asking for compensation to prop up the iron, aluminium and steel industries to the tune of £27m per year from 2013 onwards – equating to £189m by the end of the decade . The EEF also wants £40m per year for compensation for Climate Change Levy from 2013 – equating to £280m by the end of the decade. In addition, it is asking for sectors that use a large amount of electricity to be exempted from paying “feed-in tariffs”, which are subsidies for low-carbon producers of power fixing the price at a level higher than the market price. There is no estimation of how much this would cost.
Telegraph 2nd Aug 2011 more >>
KIYOKO Okoshi had a simple goal when she spent about $625 on a dosimeter: she missed her daughter and grandsons and wanted them to come home. Local officials kept telling her that their remote village was safe, even though it was less than 20 miles from the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, all but destroyed during the earthquake and tsunami in March. But her daughter remained dubious, especially since no-one from the government had taken radiation readings near their home. So, starting in April, Mrs Okoshi began using her dosimeter to check nearby forest roads and rice paddies. What she found was startling: near one sewage ditch, the meter beeped wildly, and the screen read 67 microsieverts per hour, a potentially harmful level. With her simple yet bold act, Mrs Okoshi joined the small but growing number of Japanese wh o have decided to step in as the government fumbles its reaction to the widespread contamination, which leaders acknowledge is much worse than originally announced. Some mothers as far away as in Tokyo – 150 miles south of the plant – have begun testing for radioactivity. And when radiation specialists recently offered a seminar in Tokyo on using dosimeters, more than 250 people showed up, forcing organisers to turn some away.
Scotsman 2nd Aug 2011 more >>
Japan’s Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry has recently been questioning the wisdom about having the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency as a special organization in the Natural Resources and Energy Agency. The Natural Resources and Energy Agency, which promotes nuclear energy, is coming under fire as not being a sufficiently objective organization, The Yomiuri Shimbun reported.
Oil Price 1st August 2011 more >>
Japan’s nuclear power plant utilization rate fell to an average 33.9 percent in July, the lowest in at least 32 years, Reuters calculations from trade ministry data showed on Monday, as public worries over safety kept reactors offline after they had completed routine maintenance.
Reuters 1st Aug 2011 more >>
Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) , the owner of the quake and tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi plant, said on Monday it had successfully begun to cool one of two spent fuel pools that were still considered unstable. That brings it another step closer to its aim of bringing the plants reactors to a state of cold shutdown and stabilising the spent fuel pools by January.
Alert.net 1st Aug 2011 more >>
Spain’s nuclear regulator has unanimously approved a ten-year operating licence extension for the two-unit Ascó nuclear power plant, covering the period 2011-2021. The Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear (CSN) has submitted its report approving the continued operation of the plant to the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade, with whom the final decision on the licence extension will lie.
World Nuclear News 1st August 2011 more >>
The reactor vessel for the worlds first AP1000 has arrived at the Sanmen nuclear power plant in Zhejiang province China, Westinghouse and its partners announced on 29 July. Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction manufactured the 340-ton reactor vessel at its Changwon Plant in South Korea. It is 12.2 meters long and 4.5 meters in diameter and will be used at Sanmen unit 1, which is scheduled to begin commercial operation in late 2013. The Sanmen nuclear project is continuing on schedule, according to Westinghouses senior vice president nuclear power plants Deva Chari.
Nuclear Engineering International 1st August 2011 more >>
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Warsaw-based engineering firm Energoprojekt Warszawa, S.A. (EW) to discuss the feasibility of partnering on future Polish reactor projects.
Nuclear Engineering International 28th July 2011 more >>
Turkey has resumed talks with Japanese companies Toshiba and Tokyo Electric Company (Tepco) to discuss the construction of Turkeys second nuclear plant in Black Sea coastal province of Sinop.
Energy Business Review 1st August 2011 more >>
THE cost of renewable energy devices is preventing people installing them on their homes in Scotland, according to new research. A survey showed almost two thirds of Scots are interested in renewable energy technology such as solar panels. However, they are put off by the price, which can be as high as 12,000 for an array of solar panels or 23,000 for a home wind turbine. The survey of 1,002 people in Scotland, carried out by Ipsos-Mori for the consumer advice website GreenEnergyNet.com, found that 64 per cent of adults would be interested in installing some type of micro-renewable device. However, half of those questioned, and 59 per cent of those who said they were interested in the technology, said the perceived cost of making the changes was the biggest barrier. Mark Ruskell, business development manager for GreenEnergyNet.com, believes new incentive schemes are needed. “There is a real danger that insufficient incentives, together with consumer confusion, means ordinary Scots will end up facing higher than average energy bills and miss out on the chance to benefit from the renewables revolution,” he said. The Ipsos-Mori survey also identified a “hassle factor” as holding people back.
Scotsman 2nd Aug 2011 more >>
STV 2nd Aug 2011 more >>