Doubts about the so-called nuclear renaissance had emerged even before the Fukushima disaster due to delays and cost-increases linked to several prominent projects. From a shareholder point of view, nuclear is a risky business and the margins are now potentially lower, says James Stettler at UniCredit. The US [nuclear] market is going to be difficult and Siemens wasnt going to be doing any business in France either. That just left the emerging markets. Siemens continued involvement in the nuclear business also risked undermining its efforts to become a green infrastructure pioneer by selling products ranging from wind turbines to trains and smart electricity grids. High quality global journalism requires investment. In a renewed effort to integrate internationally, Rosatom signed an agreement with Rolls-Royce, the UK engineering group, last week to co-operate in nuclear power. Experts say Rosatoms association with Rolls-Royce could help it win foreign nuclear power orders.
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Magnox has informed UK regulators that water was found leaking from a cracked flow meter in the active effluent treatment plant at the Sizewell A nuclear power plant earlier this month, a document obtained by Platts shows. Magnox, which is owned by EnergySolutions, is the management and operations contractor responsible for 10 nuclear sites in the UK, including Sizewell A in Suffolk. Tim Watkins, site director of Sizewell A, last week wrote to members of the Sizewell Stakeholder Group — set up to manage the flow of information about the nuclear site — to inform them of the incident. In his letter, Watkins said that, “While carrying out routine inspections in the early hours of Saturday, September 3, an operative noted unexpected plant indications and upon investigation, discovered water escaping from a cracked flow meter in the site’s active effluent treatment plant (AETP).”
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A key production plant at Sellafield has reopened after an 18-month shutdown. Windscale Vitrification Line 3, which converts high active radioactive liquor into glass, is now back in full operation. Improvements have been carried out to the shield doors which form a radioactive barrier for the protection of workers. Other plant improvements have also been made using innovative, safe and effective methods. Sellafield Ltd describes it as a major achievement. The work also paves the way for more significant hazard and risk reductions bringing down the stocks of highly radioactive liquor.
Cumberland News 19th Sept 2011 more >>
THE Universities of Bristol and Oxford are to launch a joint nuclear research centre (NRC) in November 2011 which will bring together over 100 research personnel. Various research groups at the two universities will be involved, from disciplines including civil engineering, chemistry, materials and engineering, as well as groups from social science and law who will investigate the public perceptions of nuclear energy and social policy.
Chemical Engineer 19th Sept 2011 more >>
Nuclear waste shipped from Cumbria has reached its destination safely. Solid highly active waste (HAW) was taken from Sellafield to Barrow by train before being shipped to Japan on August 3. The waste had been produced at Sellafield during the reprocessing of used nuclear fuel for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authoritys Japanese customers. The 76 canisters of HAW were taken back overseas via the Panama Canal and arrived safely in Japan on Thursday.
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A SOUTH Lakeland-based anti-nuclear group has handed a 1,520 signature petition to Cumbria County Council. The petition urges the authority to halt its support for underground storage of nuclear waste from Sellafield. Radiation Free Lakeland, which delivered the document to the councils Kendal offices on Monday, also wants Copeland and Allerdale district councils to withdraw their interest in geological disposal.
Westmorland Gazette 10th Sept 2011 more >>
WEST Cumbrian nuclear boss Dick Raaz is leaving his job heading up the low level radioactive waste repository at Drigg. Hes been LLWR managing director for the last three years as part of the American URS corporation.
Whitehaven News 19th Sept 2011 more >>
In east Northamptonshire, Mr Pickles department quashed the councils judgment by approving a plant processing low-level nuclear waste at Kings Cliffe. Conservative councillors felt betrayed. In the run-up to last years general election, the Conservatives insisted that they would give freedom to local people to decide on developments.In recent months, however, the focus has been on new business-friendly planning guidelines the national policy planning framework to the anger of some conservation charities. A pro-development statement from March, paving the way for the new guidelines, has been cited in many recent decisions including Kings Cliffe.
FT 19th Sept 2011 more >>
The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) has published a detailed briefing on potential future energy policy in Wales to show how the country, if it had full devolved control of its energy policy, can use its beneficial geography to meet its future energy needs without recourse to new nuclear power, whilst reducing the scourge of fuel poverty. The report also shows how the long-held NFLA energy policy of a wide renewable energy mix, a concerted energy efficiency programme and increased efforts to develop local microgeneration projects can provide more than adequate levels of electricity across Wales, with Councils being at the cutting edge of this new energy revolution. This policy briefing has also been adapted in a formal submission to the Welsh Assemblys Environment and Sustainability Committee inquiry into Welsh energy policy.
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See also Ireland.
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Fresh powers to compensate consumers if they are the victims of anticompetitve practices by the big six energy companies will be proposed on Tuesday by the energy secretary Chris Huhne. Huhne is planning for energy companies to be stripped of their current ability to impede action by the regulator Ofgem by forcing it to seek a second opinion from the Competition Commission. Instead, Ofgem will have powers to impose its decisions and energy companies will have a right of appeal.
Guardian 19th Sept 2011 more >>
Householders will be able to switch energy suppliers more quickly, bulk-buy power at discount rates and claim refunds if firms are found to have exploited them for profit, Chris Huhne, the Energy Secretary, is to announce.
Telegraph 19th Sept 2011 more >>
Chanting “sayonara nuclear power” and waving banners, tens of thousands of people marched in central Tokyo yesterday to call on Japan’s government to abandon atomic energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear accident. The demonstration underscored how deeply a Japanese public long accustomed to nuclear power has been affected by the 11 March crisis, when a tsunami caused core meltdowns at Fukushima. The disaster the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986 spewed radiation across a wide part of north-eastern Japan, forcing the evacuation of some 100,000 people and raising fears of contamination in everything from fruit and vegetables to fish and water.
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There is political consensus in Japan to cut the country’s reliance on nuclear power but there needs to be a public debate on how to proceed, a senior Japanese government official told the U.N.’s atomic agency on Monday. Nuclear Disaster Minister Goshi Hosono was speaking hours after 60,000 demonstrators marched in Tokyo to demand an exit from atomic energy after the Fukushima plant catastrophe.
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Stephen Tindale: There are many good people working for Greenpeace who are genuinely and deeply convinced that nuclear power is not part of the solution. But they are wrong to suggest that gas is an adequate low-carbon bridge technology. Greenpeace has published a report arguing that Japan could get 43% of its electricity from renewables by 2020. So it could, though that would be a quadrupling of renewables contribution from the 2008 contribution in just 12 years, and thats just electricity not heating or transport fuel. Most of the transport fuel in Japan, as everywhere else at present, is oil, and most of the heating fuel is gas. Greenpeace argues that Japan should phase out its nuclear stations by the end of next year, and replace them with gas power stations, which pollute less than coal or oil stations do. This is correct. But gas power stations produce over three times as much carbon dioxide per unit of electricity as nuclear stations do.
EU Business 19th Sept 2011 more >>
The South African energy minister Dipuo Peters has drafted a proposal to build six nuclear plants in a bid to meet the nations growing energy demand and to reduce its heavy carbon footprint. The proposal will be submitted to the cabinet for approval which is expected later this year. Bidding process for the multi-billion projects, slated to provide a total of 9,600MW of power, will begin in 2012. The projects are expected to start supplying electricity to the nation’s grid by 2024 or 2025.
Energy Business Review 20th Sept 2011 more >>
Plans by Germany and other EU states to abandon nuclear power because of fears stirred by the disaster in Japan reinforce the need for joint action and magnify the bloc’s problems over security of energy supply, a discussion paper said. The document, seen by Reuters, is the latest text from the European Commission to urge all 27 member nations to put collective energy needs above domestic agendas. It could rile countries such as Germany, which has unilaterally decided to phase out all its atomic plants by 2022. In addition, Italy has voted to ban nuclear power for decades. Poland, as holder of the rotating EU presidency is hosting two days of informal EU energy minister talks in Wroclaw, southwestern Poland.
Reuters 19th Sept 2011 more >>
The head of German industrial giant Siemens has said the company will withdraw its remaining nuclear power offerings and leave the industry. Siemens is one of the world’s major firms in the energy sector and played a front-running role in the growing nuclear field of the 1970s and 1980s. The Kraftwerk Union technology counted as part of Siemens makes up the entire German nuclear fleet, while reactors were also exported to Argentina (Atucha 2), the Netherlands (Borssele), Switzerland (Goesgen), Spain (Trillo 1).
World Nuclear News 19th Sept 2011 more >>
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Belgiums nuclear electricity producer Electrabel has announced its decision to submit a further appeal to court contesting the governments nuclear tax.
Low Tax 19th Sept 2011 more >>
A trial of the Coalitions £3bn green deal, under which householders can take out government-backed loans of up to £10,000 to improve energy efficiency, showed that in some cases bills rose despite the measures. The scheme is being championed by David Cameron and will be available to up to 14m homes from next year. But a trial of 311 households, conducted by companies including B&Q and British Gas, found that 26 per cent of those who measured their energy usage experienced no reduction in bills. A report for the Energy Saving Trust and the Department of Energy and Climate Change singles out poorly performing solar panels as a particular cause for concern.
Telegraph 20th Sept 2011 more >>