337 new reactors are under consideration equivalent to more than two-thirds of the worlds active fleet today. The revival is being led by Asia China has 23 reactors under construction but in Europe a new hard-headedness has begun to emerge, as governments accept the need for nuclear power as part of a future energy mix. Of the 337 proposed new reactors around the world, two-thirds are from governments outside Europe, according to the most recent data from the World Nuclear Association. For Europes cash-strapped governments, hit by the credit crunch, extending the life of an existing reactor is much cheaper than building a new one. For those governments planning new reactors, significant hurdles still need to be overcome if their plans are to become reality within the expected time frames. Cost remains the key one; the actual construction of the reactors makes up about 75 per cent of the total electricity cost, so a big investment is required upfront. Stephen Thomas, professor of energy studies at the University of Greenwich in the UK, says that when the nuclear renaissance was first talked about six years ago, the costs mooted were about $1,000 a kilowatt. Today, that price has risen to about $6,000 a kilowatt. It doesnt look good in terms of economics. That is why unsubsidised new nuclear does not work for me, he says.
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The Lake District could be used for the disposal of radioactive waste, as a new report failed to rule it out as a site.
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Carlisle News & Star 1st Nov 2010 more >>
The company behind a proposal for a new nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey is to unveil its latest plans in a series of public events. Horizon Nuclear Power is developing options for two to three new reactors next to the existing Magnox station.
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THE Vale Council’s scrutiny committee for economy and environment is set to discuss the possible development of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, Somerset. The Vale is the closest part of Wales to Hinkley, less than 15 miles from the power station proposed as part of a Government consultation process to identify sites suitable for new nuclear power. Following a request for consideration, a debate will take place on the benefits/implications of any development, with representations from interested parties. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 2, from 6pm in committee room two, in the council’s Civic Offices, Barry. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Penarth Times 1st Nov 2010 more >>
UK spot power prices eased Monday due to lower UK gas prices and warm temperatures, while an outage at the 450 MW Heysham 1-2 nuclear reactor Monday lent a bit of support to prices by late morning. The 450 MW Heysham 1-2 nuclear reactor in Lancashire went offline Monday morning, a spokeswoman from plant operator British Energy confirmed. She was unable to give a reason for the outage.
Platts 1st Nov 2010 more >>
Bundestag backing for the extension of German nuclear power plants’ lifespan looks set to result in long legal battles before the country’s highest court. The lower house of parliament has just voted to back the German government’s controversial measures. However the coalition government does not plan to put the measures to a vote before the upper house where it does not have a majority. But both the Social Democrats and Greens say bypassing the Bundesrat is illegal and signaled their intention to file a suit against the nuclear extension before the constitutional court. However the court can take two or three years to consider a case.
Utility Week 1st Nov 2010 more >>
This week, Secretary Chu will travel to Scotland and Ireland where he will meet with government and academic leaders, as well as American and Irish business leaders who are engaged in clean energy industries. Both Scotland and Ireland share similar energy challenges and resources with the United States, including significant offshore wind energy potential. These countries have set rigorous renewable energy goals, including wind and water power, towards meeting the European Union’s target of 20 percent energy from renewable sources by 2020.
Dept of Energy 1st Nov 2010 more >>
AREVA will develop and execute a training program for the MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF) under construction at the Savannah River Site near Aiken, S.C. AREVA will train 93 MFFF staff members at its MELOX and La Hague recycling facilities in France. The MFFF will be a major component in the United States program to dispose of surplus weapons-grade plutonium. The facility will take surplus weapons-grade plutonium, remove impurities, and mix it with uranium oxide to form MOX fuel pellets for reactor fuel assemblies to be used in U.S. nuclear power plants.
Nuclear Street 1st Nov 2010 more >>
An international team of senior nuclear safety experts have completed a two-week International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) review of the governmental and regulatory framework for nuclear safety in the United States.
Medical News Today 1st Nov 2010 more >>
Iran will not discuss its nuclear programme at talks with global powers, an adviser to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday, adding fresh doubt to the chances of a negotiated end to its stand-off with the West.
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Russia has signed an intergovernmental agreement with Vietnam for the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the Southeast Asian country. Construction of the Ninh Thuan 1 plant is scheduled to start in 2014.
World Nuclear News 1st Nov 2010 more >>
World’s largest nuclear park is planned in Jaitapur, in Ratnagiri district on the coast of southern Maharashtra. The park would comprise up to six large nuclear reactors bought from the French nuclear giant- Areva. In addition to the inherent hazards of nuclear power, the project threatens the livelihoods of about 10 000 farmers and fishermen and their families. Today, more than a thousand local people have taken action against the project, voluntarily risking lengthy arrest and further legal consequences. The message is clear – they want their land and their fisheries, not paltry compensation offered by the nuclear company. 600 people have already been loaded into police buses and hauled into jails. About 700 more still continue the peaceful protest, risking arrest.
Greenpeace Nuclear Reaction 1st Nov 2010 more >>
The UK and France are to sign a treaty agreeing to the joint development and testing of nuclear warheads. The plans will see one centre set up in the UK to develop technology and another in France to carry out testing.
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ANTI-nuclear sub campaigners claim they have been barred from presenting a damning report to a public meeting about Southampton’s nuclear disaster plan. The Solent Coalition Against Nuclear Ships (SCANS) wanted to highlight concerns about the safety arrangements for nuclear powered submarines visiting the docks. It comes after councillors unanimously last week agreed to adopt one of the Navy’s next generation of monster nuclear killer submarines, HMS Artful, after the affiliation with HMS Southampton ended with its decommissioning.
Southern Daily Echo 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
Two men from Somerset have been charged with public order offences following an anti-nuclear demonstration outside Plymouth’s Royal Naval base. More than 100 people took part in the protest, which began before 0600 GMT. The main road outside the dockyard was closed to traffic for about two hours and workers had to go in on foot.
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Brighouse Echo 1st Nov 2010 more >>
A number of people were arrested during an anti-nuclear demonstration outside Plymouth’s Royal Naval base.
More than 100 people from campaign group Trident Ploughshares began “blockading” the main gates at Devonport before 0600 GMT.
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A GROUP of anti-Trident MPs is calling on the government to review the UK’s possession of nuclear weapons before its final decision to spend billions of pounds on the new submarines. The House of Commons motion welcomes the announcement in the Strategic Defence and Security Review that the ‘point of no return’ decision to invest in the Successor programme – known as the ‘Main Gate’ – will not now be taken until after the next election in 2016, and that operational warheads will be reduced from 160 to 120.
But the group of nine MPs claims the SDSR did not go far enough. The group believes the need for the UK to retain nuclear weapons should have also been in the review.
NW Evening Mail 1st Nov 2010 more >>
Private companies have bid to take on the running of a UK nuclear arms base in Scotland. The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) could take over the management of RNAD Coulport, on the Clyde, following a Ministry of Defence review. The base, near Faslane, is responsible for the Trident nuclear missiles that arm the submarines at the heart of the UK’s deterrent programme.
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The workers at the UK’s nuclear bomb factory in Aldmermaston Reading, have threatened to go on strike protesting over pay and “poor conditions”. Aldersmaston is the centre of the UK’s nuclear bomb testing and manufacturing since the 1950s, and where plutonium is processed to supply missiles for the Trident nuclear submarines. The strike ballot according to the Prospect union will be concluded by November 16 and a strike could be called by the end of November.
London Daily News 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
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The government is to beef up legislation forcing landlords to pay a fine if they rent properties without proper insulation.
The new strictures on the quality of homes are included in the “green deal” which the government will announce today and put before parliament in December. By the autumn of 2012, the government says the scheme will enable homeowners to make their house or flat energy-efficient with no immediate payments.
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A plan to allow millions of people to insulate their homes using savings from future energy bills will today be endorsed by ministers – despite fears the scheme could become a “cowboy builders’ charter”.
Independent 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
Renewable energy in Scotland is set to play an increasingly important role in helping the UK Government to meet its carbon emissions targets because of a significant slowdown in English wind farm development. A report to be published today by Renewables UK will show that onshore wind farm development in England is at an all-time low as protest groups proliferate and become more effective. Wind farm development in Scotland is proceeding at a much faster rate and although the pace is likely to slow, it will still be ahead of that in England.
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