The outcome of Thursday’s referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU will not affect the final investment decision on Hinkley Point C, according to EDF Energy chief executive Vincent de Rivaz. “The absolute need for [Hinkley] will remain regardless of the outcome of the vote, and politicians on both sides of the debate recognise this,” said De Rivaz in a letter to employees.
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The French head of the company that owns Britain’s nuclear power plants has urged his workers in Scotland and England to vote ‘No’ to UK Independence from the EU-bloc. Pro-Independence supporters said that de Rivaz’s comments were undermined by the conflict of interest posed by EDF’s vested interest in the proposed new nuclear power station being built at Hinkley Point.
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Sizewell B nuclear power station in Suffolk was put back into service at the weekend after planned refuelling and maintenance work. The station, which generates enough reliable low carbon electricity to meet three per cent of the UK’s demand, is taken offline every 18 months for this work to take place. A third of the fuel is replaced in the reactor and thousands of maintenance jobs are completed during the eight week period. An additional 1,500 specialist workers joined the station’s 550 employees to complete the work which included major projects such as replacing the low pressure rotor on a turbine generator. Inside the Sizewell dome the 10 year routine inspection of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) was completed and all four steam generators examined. Specialist robotic equipment controlled by skilled engineers was used to complete this work. EDF Energy confirmed that the RPV met its strict safety requirements and following the inspections, the independent nuclear regulator, the Office for Nuclear Regulation confirmed that it was satisfied with the integrity of the pressure vessel. The ONR also said it had reviewed reports that demonstrate Sizewell B RPV dome is not affected by a carbon segregation issue, subject of scrutiny at France’s Flamanville nuclear plant. During the inspections, EDF Energy was able to independently confirm that Sizewell B is not affected by issues under investigation at Areva’s Creusot Forge in France. Areva subsequently confirmed that no parts under investigation from the forge had been supplied to Sizewell B.
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Societal aspects of geological disposal: The purpose of this review is to provide a broad overview of the current knowledge base and practice focused on the areas of community engagement, partnership working, risk perception and intergenerational issues relevant to the implementation of geological disposal. The review also includes research from relevant areas outside of geological disposal, with similar levels of complexity such as high speed rail, carbon capture and storage, and shale gas exploration, as societal aspects are viewed as increasingly important in a range of large scale infrastructure projects.
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UK to get tougher nuclear liability regime. Nuclear operators will be bound by stricter rules in event of a nuclear incident, increasing the range of eligible claimants, the scope of damages and extending liability to waste sites
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The US Air Force has been accused of covering up cancer and other diseases suffered by troops who cleared up one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents. In 1966 a B-52 bomber carrying four hydrogen bombs collided with a refuelling aircraft over the village of Palomares in southern Spain. The explosives from two bombs detonated on impact, contaminating an area 2 km sq with plutonium. About 1,600 US Air Force troops were sent to clean up and an investigation has revealed that of the 40 Palomares veterans traced, 21 had cancer, nine of whom had died from it. Today many veterans claim that they are enduring the crippling effects of radiation poisoning. None of the cases of cancer has ever been linked directly by an independent study to the exposure to radiation the veterans claim they suffered. However, in the decades since the accident the USAF has kept radiation test r esults out of the men’s medical files and resisted calls to retest them.
Times 21st June 2016 read more »
VINCI Technology Centre has UK opened an office at Westlakes Science andTechnology Park, at Moor Row, to strengthen its nuclear service arm. The business was set up in the 1950s to support the construction of the world’s first commercial reactor at Calder Hall. It was formerly part of Taylor Woodrow but is now owned by the French construction giant VINCI.
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Building work on the new National College for Nuclear at Lillyhall will begin at the end of August.
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China is on track to generate more than a quarter of its electricity from wind power by 2030, and the figure could rise to nearly a third with power sector reforms, a new study has found. Within 14 years, more new generating capacity – mostly clean energy – will come online in China than currently exists in the whole of the US, further cementing the country’s image as a burgeoning green giant. Valerie Karplus, a co-author of the study published in the journal Nature Energy and assistant professor at MIT, said that Beijing wanted to increase its wind capacity by a factor of between three and five before 2030. “China is now the world’s wind energy leader by a fairly large margin,” she said. The country’s 145GW of installed wind capacity last year eclipsed both Europe and the US, even if not all of it is yet grid-connected. By 2030, renewables are slated to generate a fifth of China’s primary energy needs.
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Japanese regulators said Monday that two ageing nuclear reactors can stay on line for up to 20 more years — the first such exception under tighter safety rules imposed after the 2011 Fukushima crisis. Environmental group Greenpeace criticised the decision, saying earthquake risks were being ignored. Japan shut down dozens of reactors after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake-generated tsunami on March 11, 2011 triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant in the northeast, the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986. The ensuing decrease in nuclear power generation forced resource-poor Japan to turn to pricey fossil fuels. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared that nuclear power is essential for the economy as he pushes to get reactors back in operation. The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at Kansai Electric’s Takahama plant can operate for up to 20 more years because they meet safety guidelines. The utility had asked the nuclear watchdog to extend the operational period of the reactors. Both are over 40 years old, normally the maximum period under NRA rules. The reactors have been switched off since 2011. The move comes after a district court in March issued an injunction ordering a temporary shutdown of the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at the same plant. The Takahama facility is located 350 kilometres (215 miles) west of Tokyo. Monday’s decision was quickly denounced by Greenpeace, which said the move “goes far beyond regulatory failure”.”The NRA is… doing everything it can to ignore the earthquake risks to nuclear plants in Japan,” Kendra Ulrich, senior global energy campaigner at Greenpeace Japan, said in a statement. Ulrich, citing “known seismic risks” in the area, added: “The NRA is showing itself to be incapable and unwilling to protect the people of Japan.”
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Rice from Japan’s Fukushima region will go on sale in London next month for the first time since the 2011 nuclear crisis. The UK will become the third nation – after Singapore and Malaysia – to commercially import rice from Fukushima since the earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear power plant meltdown in March 2011. The Fukushima rice, called Ten no Tsubu, will undergo radiation testing and obtain official certification confirming its safety before going on sale in shops in the UK.
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Renewables – AD
The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has announced it will launch a ‘best practice’ scheme in July, to help anaerobic digestion plants improve their standards. The scheme will help plants improve their environmental, health and safety, risk management and operational performance. ADBA chief executive Charlotte Morton said: “The AD industry has grown impressively since 2010, and despite a challenging policy environment is continuing to expand.
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Renewables – offshore wind
The Scottish Government has made £1.5m available for offshore wind research. The funding, provided to the to the Carbon Trust to support its Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) research and design programme, is aimed at increasing innovation, reducing costs and encouraging further investment in the offshore wind sector. Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “Previous Scottish Government support for the OWA has helped develop new ideas in key areas of importance to companies operating in Scottish waters and I have no doubt this new funding will help firms to continue this important work.”
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