The UK plans to build a 16GW of new nuclear energy capacity, Dow Jones reported, citing the UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. As reported, the UK government now sees to triple nuclear energy generating capacity in the country to approximately 40% by 2025 from 13% now. Mr Brown has been quoted by Dow Jones as saying: “We will now build not 12GW of nuclear capacity but 16GW, a total for new building that is bigger than all our current nuclear capacity and represents significant progress toward a low-carbon future.”
Energy Business Review 24th Nov 2009 more >>
An international partnership has been set up to tackle the architectural challenges of design for new nuclear projects. Nuclear Design Partnership is the result of collaboration between London-based YRM and TRO Jung Brannan of Boston. John Clemow, CEO of YRM, told World Nuclear News the move came after the contract from EDF Energy to act as overall architect for the forthcoming reactors at Hinkley Point.
World Nuclear News 23rd Nov 2009 more >>
On Saturday I attended a DECC “consultation” on the plan to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset. We had very short notice, and the conference venue was given as “Near J24 on the M5”. I could not find it on Multimap, so though it must be a massive well signed centre that I couldn’t miss. Wrong. Drove round the vicinity of J24 and finally arrived 10 mins late. Others had the same problem.
Mabinogogiblog 23rd Nov 2009 more >>
The government has announced ten suitable sites for new nuclear power plants including one in Wales. The plans are part of a draft national policy statement to restructure the planning system fast tracking particular projects. The Welsh plant is proposed for Wylfa on Anglesey, already the site of an existing power station. Jake Griffiths, Wales Green Party Leader criticised the way the Assembly has dealt with the proposal saying, “The Welsh Assembly Government silence over the proposed nuclear power station at Wylfa is deafening.”
Gair Rhydd 23rd Nov 2009 more >>
With the increase in demand, there is a concern as to whether the new reactors will be able to secure enough uranium to meet their long-term requirements, since nuclear reactors use about three times the level of uranium to fire up as they need once they reach steady operation. Therefore any pick up in demand for uranium could push up prices and with it, the profitability of producers.
Newcastle Journal 23rd Nov 2009 more >>
Lithuania will issue a tender next month to find a strategic investor in a nuclear power plant and aims to sign a deal in the second half of 2010, the government said on Monday.
Interactive Investor 23rd Nov 2009 more >>
Brazil – Iran
Brazil has reaffirmed its support for Iran’s right to a civilian nuclear programme, but called for a “just and balanced” solution with the West.
BBC 23rd Nov 2009 more >>
The talk in Israel, explicit and open – including in the country’s leading daily, Haaretz, last week – is about a war in the coming spring or summer. The skies will have cleared for air operations, Israel’s missile shields against short- and medium-range rockets will at least be partly operational, and the international community, led by President Obama, will palpably have failed to stymie Iran’s nuclear weapons programme. And the Iranians will be that much closer to a bomb.
Guardian 24th Nov 2009 more >>
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will award a contract worth approximately $40 billion to build nuclear reactors, Reuters reported, citing the head of GDF Suez. As reported, French energy company GDF Suez, nuclear reactor maker Areva and Total, with technical support from EDF, are included in a consortium bidding for the deal.
Energy Business Review 23rd Nov 2009 more >>
The Conservatives will tomorrow make an ambitious pitch to win the environmental vote with a raft of measures including plans to pay the public to recycle and a promise to cut government emissions by 10% within 12 months of taking office.
Guardian 24th Nov 2009 more >>