Letter: Professor Tony Meehan is correct in that there is no need for a coal/biomass (woodchips) fired power station at Clydeport simply because in the opinion of Unite, the union, the evidence presented to the regulator in the form of periodic safety reviews and statutory inspections should in all probability result in agreement to a significant extension to the life of the plant from that of 2016 for another five or ten more years. Unite expects that fifty plus years of continuous safe operation will be achieved , giving sufficient time to plan and deliver nuclear new build at Hunterston.
Largs & Millport Weekly News 1st Sept 2010 more >>
Magnox North announced that it is assessing the technical viability and potential siting locations for permanent disposal facility which would be located several tens of metres below ground for graphite waste at Hunterston A. Relevant regulators are engaged and early exploratory work is expected to start in September. The feasibility study will assess options for the concept design of a near-surface facility and possible locations on site.
Magnox North Press Release 18th August 2010 more >>
In total 68% of our sample of Lib Dem members back an acceptance of nuclear energy as part of the UK’s energy mix, with only one-quarter rejecting nuclear power (as per party policy at the last election).
LibDem Voice 28th August 2010 more >>
Commodities Now 1st Sept 2010 more >>
WITH a commitment to cut carbon emissions by 34% by 2020, and with little of its own money to spend, the UK government must encourage private-sector investment in low-carbon electricity generation. Nuclear power must play a key role in this, but there are regulatory obstacles to the kind of long-term investment needed. A carbon floor price and an obligation for traders to buy low-carbon power under long-term contracts are the two sticking points. At the moment, non-nuclear low-carbon forms of generation benefit from Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROC), which guarantee the power they produce can be sold under assured long-term contracts, providing the cash flows that give long-term investors comfort. Nuclear projects do not qualify for ROCs and must sell electricity on the spot market, because ROCs were created as an incentive for new generating technology, and nuclear is considered to be an established route.
Petroleum Economist September 2010 more >>
As anticipation grows about a possible renaissance for the nuclear power industry and about its potential for curbing greenhouse gas emissions some politicians are stepping up warnings about the high cost of such projects. Last week, Traicho Traikov, the Bulgarian economy and energy minister, said the cost of building a second plant near the Danube River had reached 9 billion euros, or $11.4 billion, according to the Sofia News Agency. The original cost of the project for two reactors was expected to be just under $4 billion.
New York Times 31st Aug 2010 more >>
Local campaign group “Radiation Free Lakeland” are supporting a new national campaign, “No Need for Nuclear”. The group says nuclear power is not needed to meet the UK’s energy demands, is too expensive – and not carbon-neutral. Their goal is to stop new power stations being built in the UK – three of which are planned for Cumbria.
Lakeland Radio 29th Aug 2010 more >>
THE Civil Nuclear Constabulary has appointed a new police commander for Sellafield. Supt Duncan Worsell, 45, who is well known in West Cumbria, will take up the job on October 4. Duncan, 45, joined the Constabulary at Sellafield in 1992.
Whitehaven News 1st Sept 2010 more >>
Nearly 25 years after the worst nuclear accident in history, new scientific findings suggest that the effects of the explosion at Chernobyl have been underestimated. Experts last month published a series of studies indicating that, contrary to previous findings, populations of animals decreased in the exclusion zone surrounding the site of the former nuclear power plant, and that the effects of radioactive contamination after the outbreak had been “overwhelming.”
Pravda 30th Aug 2010 more >>
Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. is making arrangements to postpone by roughly two years the completion of a spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the village of Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, due to a series of troubles during test operations, sources said Wednesday. The plant, designed to extract uranium and plutonium from the nuclear fuel spent at power plants in the country, has been in the stage of what the operator calls the Final Commissioning Test and its construction is currently expected to be completed in October.
Japan Times 2nd Sept 2010 more >>
Tony Blair has called for military action against Iran to prevent the country developing nuclear weapons.
In his most hawkish statement on the Islamic state, he made it clear that he would back a bombing campaign – despite his experiences over Iraq.
Daily Mail 2nd Sept 2010 more >>
Guardian 2nd Sept 2010 more >>
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet backed a tax on nuclear power-plant operators, shunning utilities and German industry as the government holds to budget cuts it says are needed to protect the euro.
Bloomberg 1st Sept 2010 more >>
Argus Media 1st Sept 2010 more >>
The construction of Olkiluoto 3, Finland’s fifth commercial nuclear reactor, involves 1,200 workers from different countries, who live in barracks far away from the rest of society. The workers come from around Europe: Poland, Portugal, Kosovo, Albania, and Germany. The barracks are about 20 kilometres away from any services or local people, and the workers’ contacts with the rest of Finnish society do not function very well in general.
Helsingin Sanomat 2nd Sept 2010 more >>
US Nuclear operator Exelon will pay as much as $900m for John Deere Renewables as it looks to expand into the wind energy sector. The deal includes 735 MW of installed wind capacity across eight states valued at $860m plus 230 MW in the final stages of development, for which Exelon will pay a further $40m once construction begins.
Chemical Engineer 1st Sept 2010 more >>
Rosatom, Russia’s state-owned atomic power corporation, has launched an international charm offensive as the country’s most secretive and controversial industry attempts to come in from the cold. In a rare meeting with foreign media last week, Sergei Kiriyenko, a former Russian prime minister and now president of Rosatom, outlined plans for the company to become a leading international player as nuclear power enjoys a surge in demand.
FT 2nd Sept 2010 more >>
Sajid Javid MP says: Whatever the final cost of renewal, Britain must maintain an independent, submarine-based nuclear weapons system.
Conservative Home 2nd Sept 2010 more >>
Readers, says Blair, might think he would have been certain of the need to renew Britain’s nuclear weapons. However, in a remarkably forthright comment echoing a debate now about the wisdom and value of replacing Trident, Blair writes: “The expense is huge, and the utility in a post-cold war world is less in terms of deterrence, and non-existent in terms of military use.” He says he could see clearly the force of the “common sense and practical argument” against Trident. But in the end he thought giving it up would be “too big a downgrading of our status as a nation” and in an uncertain world “too big a risk for our defence”.
Guardian 2nd Sept 2010 more >>
Next month, dozens of owners of period homes throughout the country – including those in areas of planning restriction such as conservation areas and areas of outstanding natural beauty – will be throwing their doors open to show people how they have achieved energy savings of up to 80 per cent.
Telegraph 2nd Sept 2010 more >>