NDA’s Oldbury Power Station is celebrating its return to generating electricity at ‘full-power’ after exactly five years of reduced output. Oldbury’s Reactor 2 returned from its statutory maintenance outage on 22 May 2009 and was synchronised with the national grid – five years to-the-day since the last time both Oldbury’s reactors operated together. Reactor 1 has been at power since 14 March 2009. Oldbury was originally scheduled to cease generation in December 2008, but has since received the go-ahead to continue generating.
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National Nuclear Lab
Richard Maudslay has been named as the new chairman of the UK national nuclear lab (NNL).
Nuclear Engineering International 1st June 2009 more >>
British Energy’s BGY.L Torness 2 nuclear unit was back in service early on Monday after planned maintenance closure since early April, data from the National Grid showed.
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David Cameron has improved on his predecessors’ policies. He has adopted the Green party policy of a “smart grid”. He has workable policies for incentivising small-scale renewables. But the unequivocal positives end about there. He’s courting voters by rejecting Heathrow’s third runway, but he won’t stop giving the aviation industry the multibillion pound tax breaks that drive its growth. There is the same old enthusiasm for nuclear power and a good deal of excitement about carbon capture. Ironically, David Cameron talks about liberating Britain from oil dependency and from the vulnerability of potential energy price fluctuations, but the bulk of his energy plans involve making us dependent on imported coal and uranium.
Guardian 1st June 2009 more >>
Russia’s Deputy Energy Minister Vyacheslav Sinyugin said that Russia is ready to take part in the construction of nuclear power plant in Azerbaijan. Sinyugin stressed, the country is ready to give Azerbaijan its proposals and ideas on the construction of nuclear power plant. Azerbaijan had planned to build a nuclear power plant back in the 1980s. It was to be built near the Navagi settlement 100 kilometers south of Baku.
Energy Business Review 31st May 2009 more >>
The current slowdown might result in a boost for Chinese nuclear energy. Ambitious targets could be raised further, while current build rates appear to make the new goals achievable.
World Nuclear News 1st June 2009 more >>
Russia has urged the international community to bail out Ukraine and help it pay its gas bill amid growing fears that another gas war could disrupt supplies to the EU. Ukraine has been severely battered by the economic crisis.
Guardian 2nd June 2009 more >>