The UK needs to keep drilling for reasons of energy security. Increasing reliance on imported oil and gas is causing “anxiety”, he says before rattling alarming statistics that 60pc of new stations will be gas-fired, while 70pc of supply will be imported. There’s no point in denying the urgency of building new power capacity, Hendry claims, and also no point in panicking. But, having argued in opposition that steeply rising bills and unreliable supplies are a danger, he also accepts that the pressure is on to deliver policy decisions quickly. “We have to secure £200bn of investment and if we don’t get that we’re in trouble, not necessarily in 2015, but in the 2020s,” he says. How does the Government persuade industry to build 10 new nuclear stations, 7,000 wind turbines and invent the first clean coal technology when these options have borderline economics at best?
Telegraph 23rd Aug 2010 more >>
David Cameron and other British ministers will “get out there” lobbying Russia and other oil-rich countries to give UK energy companies new business, according to Charles Hendry, the energy minister.
Telegraph 23rd Aug 2010 more >>
Low Level Waste
GARDENS are at risk of contamination from low-level radioactive waste through compost taken from a landfill site, according to an environment group. Part of the site where the waste is dumped is also used for the extraction of compost which is sold to vegetable and flower growers. Anti-nuclear group Radioactive-Free Lakeland claims that the site at Lillyhall in Cumbria is not suitable for the dumping of nuclear waste. It warns that plans by site owners, the Waste Recycling Group Ltd and EnergySolutions, its USA partner, to take higher-level nuclear waste could have health implications for residents in the area.
Sunday Sun 22nd Aug 2010 more >>
The United States and the 45 other countries that set the global rules on nuclear trade expect to be confronted with Chinese plans to flout those rules by building two reactors in Pakistan. The looming deal is emblematic of Beijing’s growing nuclear assertiveness and also threatens to undermine global nonproliferation efforts championed by President Obama. Washington should be critical of this transaction, but more importantly, the United States should use this opportunity to hold bilateral talks with China on nuclear trade, security and nonproliferation issues.
New York Times 20th Aug 2010 more >>
Angela Merkel on Sunday stood by plans for a tax on nuclear power as debate intensified over her government’s energy policy following public criticism by leading business people. A plan to raise €2.3bn ($2.9bn, £1.8bn) with a nuclear fuel tax was the only “proposal on the table” and was part of fiscal consolidation efforts, Germany’s chancellor said in a television interview, in response to opposition from large power utilities. Opposition to the tax plan mounted at the weekend with an open letter from a wide coalition of business leaders and other personalities, which also demanded that the government make good on a promise to extend the life span of Germany’s nuclear power stations.
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Iran’s ambitions to become a nuclear superpower have edged closer to realisation, with the opening of the country’s first energy-producing nuclear reactor. The long-awaited project, dogged by opposition from the US since plans were first drawn up in the 1970s, is now complete.
Belfast Telegraph 23rd Aug 2010 more >>
Iran`s Bushehr nuclear plant has “no proliferation threat,“ the U.S. State Department said Saturday.
Mathaba 23rd Aug 2010 more >>
UN observers watched engineers switch on Iran’s first nuclear reactor on Saturday. Iranian and Russian officials attended a ceremony at the Bushehr plant in the south of the country to mark its opening. The Russian-built facility will be internationally supervised in order to appease Western states led by Washington. Moscow has pledged to ensure that no uranium from the facility is diverted elsewhere.
Morning Star 22nd Aug 2010 more >>
Iran has unveiled an unmanned, long-distance bomber drone described by the country’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as “an ambassador of death” to Tehran’s enemies.
Guardian 23rd Aug 2010 more >>
India’s main opposition party has reneged on a promise to support a bill that seeks to open up the country’s nuclear power market, saying current provisions make it difficult to get compensation in case of accidents. The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) had agreed to support the bill, crucial for the entry of companies like U.S.-based General Electric and Westinghouse Electric, after the Congress Party-led coalition government agreed to hike compensation caps and extend liability to suppliers.
Yahoo 23rd Aug 2010 more >>