The Atlantic Osprey arrived in Nordenham carrying eight nuclear fuel rods. It is the first of two deliveries coming from the Sellafield nuclear power station, destined for the Grohnde plant near Hamelin in Lower Saxony. The rods of Mox a mix of plutonium and uranium were already on the special trucks on the ship, which were unloaded and driven slowly from Nordenham to Grohnde, news magazine Der Spiegel reported. The rods were made from nuclear waste at Sellafield. There were some 1,300 police officers to oversee their arrival. Only around three dozen protesters waited to show their opposition, some in canoes and inflatable boats, holding up banners damning the cargo. A man even tried to climb up onto the bow of the Atlantic Osprey.
The Local 24th Sept 2012 more >>
CHINA has emerged as a potential investor in the £14billion project to build the next generation of British nuclear reactors. French energy giant EDF, already Britains biggest nuclear power producer, is in talks to bring partners on board to help spread the cost of the Hinkley Point scheme in Somerset
Express 24th Sept 2012 more >>
Chinese state power companies are said to be in talks to take as much as a 30 per cent stake in the new Hinkley C nuclear power plant project from French energy giant EDF. Almost a third of the £10billion project is up for grabs according to reports in the Sunday press yesterday. EDF Energy, which owns and operates eight of the UKs existing ten nuclear power stations is proposing a new twin-reactor plant at Hinkley Point on the Somerset coast. The company said yesterday: We have said for some time that we were open to the idea of other investment partners and as we approach our final investment decision, it is right to consider funding options. The project is advancing well and has achieved a level of maturity to make it attractive to potential new investors. EDF has declined to discuss the identities of possible partners, but in the most detailed leaks to emerge from the nuclear industry, well-placed sources say EDF has been in discussion with Chinas State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation, and China Guangdong Nuclear Power Corporation. The corporations, which are rivals, have also each joined with Western consortia to try to buy the Horizon Nuclear Power company from RWE and E.O.N. Horizon owns sites at Oldbury, South Gloucestershire and Wylfa on Anglesey. Industry sources told the Sunday Times that if one of the rivals is chosen for Hinkley it is likely to end its bid for Horizon.
Western Daily Press 24th Sept 2012 more >>
The global nuclear power industry has three strikes against it – cost, catastrophes, whether man-made (Three Mile Island, Chernobyl) or natural (Fukushima Daiichi) and the not inconsiderable problem of disposing of nuclear waste generated by NPPs. Despite civilian nuclear programs dating back to the early 1960s, no country has yet developed an environmentally safe means of disposing of NPP’s nuclear by products, and these three issues are forcing a slow but significant worldwide rethink on the viability of nuclear electrical production.
Belfast Telegraph 24th Sept 2012 more >>
Britains plans for a new generation of nuclear plants will take a big step forward this week when three consortiums submit bids for Horizon, the energy group with licences to build nuclear reactors in Anglesey and Gloucestershire. The battle for Horizon, a joint venture between German utilities RWE and Eon which the two put up for sale in March, amounts to a high-stakes contest between three different reactor types, with each consortium saying their design is the right foundation for Britains coming nuclear renaissance. Each of the three consortiums is led by a big reactor manufacturer Westinghouse Electric and Areva, both of whom have formed partnerships with state-owned Chinese groups, and Hitachi. Areva has teamed up with China Guangdong Nuclear Power , and Westinghouse with State Nuclear Power Technology , as well as Exelon, the US power generator. Hitachi is leading an international consortium which has no Chinese role. The deadline for formal bids expires on Friday, with a sale expected to close by the end of the year.
FT 24th Sept 2012 more >>
Parishes and Towns throughout Cumbria have almost unanimously said NO to going any further along the toxic route to geological dumping. This however is the wrong Answer. Nuclear new build obsessed government are now trying the stick approach by sending in the heavies in the form of Sir David King who insists that the answer to climate change is nuclear power and Cumbria will singlehandedly scupper the worlds fight against climate change if we do not accept that the solution is to bury existing and future high level nuclear wastes under Cumbria in a huge mine. This is ludicrous and immoral. ANYBODY in the Silloth area who wants to add their voice to the protest, please tell them to come to a public meeting at the Golf Hotel in Silloth on 3rd October At 7 PM which could be our last chance to publicly air our views about whats happening here. I fear that an awful lot of people still dont seem to know what is being proposed. A frequent visitor to the town, the young guy in the picture knew absolutely nothing about it until we informed him and he was utterly shocked and was telling the local television stations guys exactly what he thought.
Radiation Free Lakeland 24th Sept 2012 more >>
Government plans to build a new generation of nuclear reactors are facing further uncertainty over concerns that local councils are rejecting proposals to store the waste. Shepway Council last week voted against proposals to store nuclear waste underground in Romney Marsh, Kent, with research facilities at ground level. Despite bringing economic benefits to the area, local residents were concerned a storage facility could lead to public health hazards and environmental damage, which could in turn have an impact on the community. Now Cumbria County Council the only other local authority considering hosting a waste repository looks set to reject or postpone their plans too.
Business Green 24th Sept 2012 more >>
A meeting of Copeland council takes place this week and the nuclear dump is at the top of the agenda. The meeting, on Wednesday, will debate the final report from the West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership, ahead of the crunch meeting on October 11 when the county council cabinet and district authorities will decide whether to progress with plans for an underground storage facility as big as Workington. The meeting comes after former government science adviser Sir David King warned that Britains nuclear power programme would be put at serious risk if a suitable repository site cannot be found in Cumbria.
Carlisle News and Star 24th Sept 2012 more >>
COUNCIL bosses were in such a rush to get the ball rolling on the nuclear waste burial centre project they ignored their own competitive tendering rules – by spending £30,000 on a PR firm. According to Shepway District Council’s (SDC) own rules, it must gather at least three written quotes from commercial companies for any public contract worth more £10,000. But it did not do this for its nuclear public consultation exercise, the Herald can reveal, raising questions over fairness and value for money for local taxpayers.
Hythe Herald 24th Sept 2012 more >>
An international fact finding mission recently visited Sizewell B nuclear power station in Suffolk. The mission was led by ENSREG, an independent authoritative expert body composed of senior officials from national regulatory or nuclear safety authorities from all 27 member states in the EU. The ENSREG visit to Sizewell B follows the stress tests held last year and the conclusion of the international peer review held earlier this year. Similar visits will be carried out at a small number of nuclear sites across Europe. These visits will provide ENSREG with information on measures being taken to improve safety and will facilitate sharing of learning gained from implementing these improvements. ENSREG will report its findings from these visits later this year. Its report will include a brief description of the plant, a summary of what was observed, measures already decided or considered, good practices, successes and any lessons learned from events at Fukushima. The ENSREG team were supported at Sizewell B by members of Office for Nuclear Regulation and EDF Energy, the licensee of this power station.
Assystem 20th Sept 2012 more >>
ENERGY Secretary Ed Davey has said he is very confident a consortium will take forward plans for a new nuclear reactor in North Wales. His optimism emerged on a day of mixed messages about nuclear energy as the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton. Party leader Nick Clegg used a question and answer session with members to express his doubts about the technology. He was very sceptical about the economics, because I just so far have not seen any evidence of any successful nuclear industry anywhere around the world which hasnt in the end relied upon great big dollops of public subsidy.
Daily Post 24th Sept 2012 more >>
Donald Trump and the worlds first professor of carbon capture clashed last night in the Spectators first debate in Edinburgh over the motion : as they sparred over the contentious motion Scotlands Energy Policy is Just Hot Air. Stuart Haszeldine, the worlds first Professor of Carbon Capture and Storage. He advises both the UK and Scottish Governments on climate change. An Edinburgh University scientist, he opposed the motion saying he was a scientist not a debater and his role was to explain the facts about climate change and the need to pursue alternatives to finite fossil fuels. Using graphs, tables and charts, Prof Haszeldine said he could prove, both that the world was getting warmer and also that the world had to end its reliance on fossil fuels because they were running out.Oil and gas have 50 years left at the present rate of consumption, coal has 100 years left, at a present rate of consumption, he declared. Prof Haszeldine stressed that it took time to develop new energy sources which is why he backed the Scottish Governments drive to generate the equivalent of 100 per cent of Scotlands electricity supplies from renewable sources by 2020 thought to be the most ambitious renewables target in the world. The professor warned that nuclear energy, although good for reducing greenhouse gas emissions was very expensive, particularly because of the disposal costs and that, when these full costs were taken into account, nuclear energy cost twice as much as renewables. He also attacked the opponents of climate change for spreading misinformation and not basing their arguments on proper scientific research. Pseudo science is being used to show global warming doesnt exist, he warned.
Spectator 21st Sept 2012 more >>
Tim Farron publicly voiced the frustrations expressed privately by senior Liberal Democrat ministers that Mr Osborne is blocking clean energy initiatives that could replace ageing coal-fired power stations. Speaking at a fringe meeting of the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton, organised by The Independent in association with Royal & Sun Alliance, Mr Farron accused the Chancellor of sending “mixed messages” to businesses looking to invest in the UK and called for more radical policies to promote growth.
Independent 25th Sept 2012 more >>
Mr Davey acted to prevent John Hayes, who was appointed in this months reshuffle, taking formal responsibility for renewable energy strategy. Mr Hayes has campaigned against wind farms in his Lincolnshire constituency, describing turbines as a terrible intrusion on the landscape. Conservative MPs opposed to wind farms saw his appointment to the Department of Energy and Climate Change as a positive sign, hoping that the new minister would try to curb the spread of turbines.
Telegraph 25th Sept 2012 more >>
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has indicated he is willing to make a deal on limiting Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium, but expressed doubt in the West’s willingness to negotiate in good faith.
Telegraph 24th Sept 2012 more >>
A senior commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said any attack on Iranian soil could trigger “World War III”, opening the possibility of a pre-emptive strike on Israel.
IB Times 24th Sept 2012 more >>
Almost two thirds of US adults favour the use of nuclear energy as one of the ways to provide electricity in the United States, according to a September telephone survey, the Nuclear Energy Institute announced in a press release.
Nuclear Engineering International 24th Sept 2012 more >>
World Nuclear News 24th Sept 2012 more >>
Uranium 233 looked attractive because it could be made in a reactor from thorium, a cheap and abundant radioactive metal, and, almost magically, the reactor would produce more fuel than it consumed. Utilities manufactured some of it at the Indian Point I reactor in Westchester County, N.Y., which is now retired, and at reactors in Colorado, Illinois and Pennsylvania. the government assembled a few bombs with the 233 version, and a research reactor in Tennessee briefly switched to it as fuel in 1968. But very little was used, so the material sat for decades in government laboratories and weapons plants. Now, wary of the security risks posed by the stockpiles, the Energy Department is making plans to dispose of them at a cost estimated at $473 million. The department faces other disposal challenges, including how to handle tens of thousands of tons of spent fuel from civilian reactors, but uranium 233 is different, given that in the proper form it could easily be used to make a bomb. Robert Alvarez, a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies who was an Energy Department adviser during the Clinton administration, estimates that the government spent at least $5.5 billion, accounting for inflation, to produce the uranium 233. He contends that the government is poised to compound its original error in making the material by disposing of it in a way that is not secure.
New York Times 23rd Sept 2012 more >>
No resource can withstand the pressure of an exponential growth in demand. China burned 3.7 billion tons of coal in 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, compared with 1.2 billion tons in 2000. Today, China uses almost twice as much coal as the U.S. while possessing only half of its reserves. Coal is behind Chinas world-leading economic growth, accounting for more than three-quarters of the countrys power. An ever-increasing supply is needed to keep factories humming, lights on and, most of all, its gross domestic product growing. our supply of economically viable coal is a lot smaller than we think, at least when it comes to the high- grade variety. Not all coal is created equal. The highest grades, such as anthracite and bituminous coal, can have as much as five times the energy content of other brown varieties, such as sub-bituminous and lignite. If you have to ship five times as much low-grade coal to match the energy content of high-grade coal, it makes little sense to transport it to faraway power plants.
Bloomberg25th Sept 2012 more >>
The share of Denmark’s total domestic power supply from renewable sources, mainly wind, exceeded 40 percent for the first time last year, the Danish Energy Agency said on Monday. The share of renewables rose to 40.7 percent of the domestic electricity supply in 2011, from 34.8 percent in 2010, with the portion from wind rising to 28.1 percent from 21.9 percent, the agency said in its annual statistical review. Denmark, which has a target to boost the share of its power supply from wind to 50 percent by 2020, has long been the world leader in wind energy. It has also adopted a goal of getting 100 percent of its energy from renewables by 2050.
Reuters 24th Sept 2012 more >>
Nick Harveys removal as the Liberal Democrat minister in the Ministry of Defence meant the review into less expensive alternatives to a like-for-like replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons system was passed to David Laws. Amid concerns the new education minister had too much on his plate, the review was passed from Mr Laws to Danny Alexander, the Treasury chief secretary. But the Financial Times has learned that Nick Clegg, the party leader, originally said he would take on the task himself, meaning there have now been four people leading the review in as many weeks.
FT 24th Sept 2012 more >>