EDF has refuted reports that it is to use modular construction techniques to build UK reactors. Reports had caused concern amongst trade unions because they believe such construction techniques would mean most of the jobs would be in France.
Contract Journal 19th Jan 2009 more >>
The UK subsidiaries of two German utilities are joining forces with the aim of constructing at least 6 GW of nuclear power capacity in the UK. E.On UK and RWE npower have formed a 50:50 joint venture that will try to secure sites, apply for consent and then build and operate the new nuclear plants. The companies say they are keeping an open mind on technology, and have not indicated a time scheme for their plans. But their financial strength and experience in the operation of nuclear capacity makes them ideal partners, they say.
Modern Power Systems 19th Jan 2009 more >>
Those opposed to nuclear power frequently make the claim that it has always relied on a significant amount of public subsidies and doesn’t make sound economic sense, even considering any environmental and security of energy supply advantages. The industry counters by accepting that as a developing technology, nuclear received subsidies in the past, but as a mature technology today should be able to attract financial investors without any degree of governmental support.
Nuclear Engineering International 19th Jan 2009 more >>
Three British local councils have requested hundreds of thousands of pounds from two companies that want to build a new nuclear power station in their area, even though they will play a major role in granting planning approval for the project. Documents obtained by NuclearSpin reveal that West Somerset District Council, Sedgemoor District Council and Somerset County Council have asked British Energy and EDF for a payment of £750,000. The two companies want to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point on the Bristol Channel. The funding will pay for a planning officer and legal advice.
SpinWatch 15th January 2009 more >>
Nuclear Liabilities Financing Assurance Board
The Nuclear Liabilities Financing Assurance Board (NLFAB) will provide assurance that appropriate financial arrangements will be put in place by the operators of any new nuclear power stations in England, Wales or Northern Ireland to meet the costs of decommissioning and waste management arising from these stations. It will provide independent advice to Ministers as they consider proposals from operators who wish to build and operate new nuclear power stations and will be at the very heart of the Government’s assurance framework as it works to meet the energy challenge. We are recruiting specifically for an environmental Board Member.
Times 12th Jan 2009 more >>
Russia’s Atomstroiexport, the only bidder in a tender to build Turkey’s first nuclear plant, has revised its bid after initially offering to sell power at three times the current rate, Turkey’s Energy Minister said.
Yahoo 19th Jan 2009 more >>
Britain’s attempts to position itself as a centre for the green power industry suffered a blow today when it emerged that ministers have refused to commit the country to a new international body set up to promote renewable power. The German environment secretary, who came up with the idea for the International Renewable Energy Agency, said he was disappointed countries such as the UK and America were dragging their feet.
Guardian 20th Jan 2009 more >>
As the association representing most of the major UK manufacturers of the equipment that transmits and distributes electricity, we welcome the Conservative party’s plans for a “smart grid” (Tory green policy, 16 January). The question is not whether it is possible to revolutionise the grid, but whether we can afford to wait. UK electricity already loses around two-thirds of its original fuel energy by the time it reaches the point of end use.
Guardian 20th Jan 2009 more >>
Letter from Pugwash: The Government must not disregard the letter from such experienced and respected military figures. Their arguments are convincing. Not only has the Government been unable to specify a situation in which nuclear weapons might be used, but any argument that they are needed for ultimate security can be advanced with equal justification by any other nation, such as Iran and North Korea.
Times 20th Jan 2009 more >>