British Energy is attempting to devise new ways of bringing its Hunterston B power station up to full capacity, after a prototype failed to solve a problem with its boilers. At the moment the plant is at 70% capacity as the company attempts to devise a long-term solution to a problem with hairline fractures, known as creep, caused in some of the welding in pipes when the boilers run at high temperatures. Coley maintained that the lives of British Energy’s ageing power plants can be extended. Hunterston B has been supplying electricity to the National Grid since 1976 but a year ago British Energy said it could continue operating until at least 2016.
Herald 19th Nov 2008 more >>
The boss of nuclear operator British Energy yesterday urged the UK to “get on with” plans to build a new fleet of nuclear reactors, insisting that the country’s soon to be legally binding emission reduction targets could not be met without it.
Business Green 19th Nov 2008 more >>
Contract Journal 19th Nov 2008 more >>
EDF’S plans for a new generation of nuclear plants in Britain will create thousands of jobs, an investment so large it could reduce the government’s need to invest in job creation, the head of British Energy promised yesterday. The French power giant announced plans to buy British Energy for 12.5 billion in September, promising to build four European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) plants next to existing nuclear plants in England over the next 17 years.
Scotsman 19th Nov 2008 more >>
Frozen global credit markets and the prospect of a prolonged economic recession are threatening the resurgence of nuclear power that has been touted by governments and industry around the world. The growing difficulties in attracting investment may prevent nuclear power from playing a significant role in the fight against climate change.
Nature 19th Nov 2008 more >>
SHEFFIELD Forgemasters has secured its first phase of orders for the American civil nuclear power market, thanks to a stainless steel component originally created for China. The order is an extension to a current contract from Curtiss Wright EMD to supply pump casings for Westinghouse AP1000TM reactors located in North Carolina at sites operated by Progress Energy and in South Carolina at South Carolina Electric & Gas Company power plants.
Yorkshire Post 19th Nov 2008 more >>
Paul Flynn MP’s online diary, says Labour former ministers Richard Caborn and Ian McCartney act as consultants to the nuclear industry. Mr Flynn calls their payments ‘cash for comrades’.
Daily Mail 20th Nov 2008 more >>
What is the political history of the Treaty as an international agreement which powers conceived it, and for what reasons; which accepted it, and why; which have rejected it, and with what consequences? Secondly, what has been the effect of the Treaty in world politics, understood as an arena of conflicts involving not only states, but movements and ideals?
New Left Review December 2008 more >>
The Chancellor, Alistair Darling, is being urged to put £54m raised from auctioning carbon credits into a dedicated fund to promote green measures in Britain. Allowances granting the right to produce some four million tonnes of carbon went under the hammer yesterday, with each tonne selling for around £13.60. The funds, which were raised in the world’s first carbon auction, go to the Treasury. Other European countries taking part in the EU’s trading scheme have ensured that all funds they raise will be put into combating climate change.
Independent 20th Nov 2008 more >>
Times 20th Nov 2008 more >>
The nuclear watchdog has said that a Syrian complex bombed by Israel resembled an undeclared nuclear reactor and warned the country to co-operate more with UN inspectors. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that “significant” numbers of uranium particles were found at the site in June, but that it was not enough to prove a reactor was there. The confidential report, published yesterday and obtained by Reuters, said the IAEA would ask Syria to show debris and equipment it removed from the site after the air raid in September 2007.
Independent 20th Nov 2008 more >>
Analysts now say the country could be as little as one or two years away from enriching sufficient weapons grade material to create a nuclear bomb. Alarmingly for western hopes of using persuasion on Iran, the IAEA also revealed that its relationship with Tehran over its non-proliferation investigations had broken down a few months after the Iranians claimed “the matter is over”.
Telegraph 20th Nov 2008 more >>
South African state utility Eskom has again deferred the announcement of the preferred bidder for its ambitious nuclear new-build programme. Eskom approved a plan to boost output to 80GWe by 2025, including construction of 20GWe of new nuclear capacity, early in 2007. Dubbed ‘Nuclear One,’ the first part of the plan called for the construction of a 3000-3500MWe PWR plant to be sited in the Western Cape region, most likely at Koeberg, the site of the country’s existing nuclear power plant. Work was slated to begin on the new plant around 2010, aiming for a start up around 2016, and two designs – Areva’s EPR and Westinghouse’s AP1000 – were shortlisted.
Nuclear Engineering International 19th Nov 2008 more >>