Events over the last few days have dented the prospects for UK new nuclear-build. In Germany, the success of the CDU/CSU and FDP coalition means E.On and RWE may well undertake investment at their existing nuclear plants to boost output. Their interest in participating in UK new nuclear-build may wane. And, in E.On’s case, with net debt of c£40 billion, reducing capex – rather than increasing it – is the compelling priority. At EdF, new Chairman, Henri Proglio, must reduce EdF’s burgeoning net debt. Consequently, EdF’s hitherto robust commitment to new nuclear-build in the UK may erode. After all, it will not yield any revenues until 2018 at the earliest. No surprise that the UK new nuclear-build programme is wobbling.
Adam Smith Institute 2nd Oct 2009 more >>
Councils are calling for a radical re-think of the way their work for the Infrastructure Planning Commission system is funded amid fears the cost of carrying out their new responsibilities will run into millions of pounds. At present, councils can agree funding arrangements with developers, including through planning performance agreements. The Local Government Association said the agreements were voluntary, and the opponents of schemes would question councils’ impartiality if their work was being funded by the developer. Senior policy consultant Phillip Mind said: “For a major new nuclear power station we’re talking millions of pounds in costs to councils, which is not good. The message to government is let’s make sure councils are properly resourced to process these applications.” He said the LGA had suggested to the Department for Communities and Local Government that councils could take a cut of the fee the IPC charges for applications or add their own top-up fee.
Local Government Chronicle 1st Oct 2009 more >>
Climate secretary Ed Miliband made an impassioned case for the construction of nuclear power stations. He said Labour was the only party committed to reforming the planning system to make their construction easier.
Building 2nd Oct 2009 more >>
Low Level Waste
People will get the chance to help influence plans for a new low-level radioactive waste repository at west Cumbria’s former Keekle Head opencast coal site next month. Public exhibitions are being held in Distington and Moresby by waste management developers Endecom UK Ltd to get people’s views, before submitting a planning application for the site, near Pica, at the end of the year. Detailed proposals will be available at the exhibitions, as well as the chance to ask questions about the plans.
Carlisle News & Star 1st Oct 2009 more >>
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THE proposed new Keekle Head Waste Management Centre will be discussed at the next North West Copeland Neighbourhood Forum.
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High Level Waste
Sellafield is to begin sending high-level waste left over from fuel reprocessing back to its country of origin.
Cumberland News 1st Oct 2009 more >>
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Italy’s power firm Enel is interested in joining a project to build a nuclear power station in Russia’s region of Kaliningrad, the project leader Inter RAO said on Thursday. Inter RAO’s Chief Executive Yevgeny Dod told reporters his company was also talking to other potential foreign partners.
Interactive Investor 1st Oct 2009 more >>
EDF and E.ON, Germany’s largest utility, agreed to swap assets to cut debt and meet antitrust regulations. E.ON will get the 35 percent it doesn’t own in French energy supplier SNET and rights to 800 megawatts of nuclear output, in return for giving up 1,215 megawatts of atomic and coal-fired generation in Germany.
Bloomberg 1st Oct 2009 more >>
Oscar 9, a major national exercise which happens every three years, got off on the wrong foot through no expression of immediate regret. And this is not forgetting that there was a good half hour delay establishing the media briefing centre as the team coming to set it up got stuck in traffic.
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Iran agreed “in principle” to a process that will put about 80 per cent of its existing enriched uranium supplies beyond military use, in a goodwill gesture that raised hopes of a diplomatic solution to its stand-off with the West.
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Iran appeared to pull back from confrontation with the West over its nuclear programme last night, agreeing to admit inspectors to a newly revealed nuclear plant and to surrender some of its enriched uranium to be processed abroad, a concession which could delay or at least complicate its efforts to acquire a nuclear bomb.
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Are there more secret locations in Iran? Although we cannot be sure, the consensus amongst analysts is that there are. This is based on a number of factors.
Jewish Chronicle 1st Oct 2009 more >>
Paul Rogers: The renewed controversy over Iran’s nuclear plans again puts the possibility of military conflict on the agenda. But western states underestimate the costs and consequences of an attack on Iran.
Open Democracy 1st Oct 2009 more >>
The US nuclear energy industry is set to receive significant support for building new reactors, research and development, and training more highly-skilled staff under the Democratic climate change bill introduced to the Senate this week. Increasing the supply of nuclear power is a key plank of the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, introduced this week by Barbara Boxer of California, head of the Senate environment and public works committee, and by John Kerry of Massachusetts, chairman of the foreign relations committee.
FT 2nd Oct 2009 more >>
San Antonio’s municipal utility will make a key decision this month on whether to invest billions of dollars to expand Texas’ largest nuclear power station, with the city’s mayor raising cost concerns. Municipal utility CPS Energy is an equal partner with a joint venture formed by NRG Energy and Toshiba in a plan to add two 1,350-megawatt reactors at the existing South Texas Project nuclear station, located about 200 miles (322 km) southeast of the city. But the city’s new mayor, Julian Castro, elected earlier this year, has raised additional questions about the project and the city-owned utility’s level of investment.
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The amount of French nuclear capacity off line dropped below 30pc today, after state-controlled EdF reconnected the 1,300MW unit 3 at the Cattenom nuclear plant. Engineers restarted the reactor last night, after a near two-month outage. EdF staff carried out maintenance and cleaned the unit’s steam generators, the company said.
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