A new report states that the government must start thinking strategically about energy security to protect the UKs energy supply. The report, published by MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Committee, argues that gas storage capacity needs to be increased in the UK to minimise the potential damage from supply interruptions or price spikes. The UK is already reasonably energy secure, but encouraging investment in gas storage and insulating more homes will improve its position and help to reduce the impact of rising energy prices.
The Engineer 26th Oct 2011 more >>
The committee says it is not convinced that the Government’s Electricity Market Reform White Paper strikes the right balance between encouraging investment in new gas-fired power stations in the short term and the need to decarbonise the power sector by 2030. The proposed Emissions Performance Standard (EPS) could have been used to set out that pathway, but in its weak current form the MPs warn that it could lock the UK into a high-carbon, gas-dependent electricity system.
Energy & Climate Change Committee 25th Oct 2011 more >>
BG will buy 3.5m tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) each year for two decades from Cheniere Energy Partners, which operates a gas terminal in Louisiana. With US gas prices at a low, the move will allow BG to sell into more lucrative markets. Spot prices in Asia are around four times those in the US. The US has not traditionally been an exporter of gas, but new technology has allowed it to access vast reserves trapped in shale rock, swamping its domestic market. Cooling gas into LNG form means it can be shipped far and wide. In the long term, the exports could help bring down the price of gas around the world.
Telegraph 26th Oct 2011 more >>
Statoil has threatened to sell its gas elsewhere if Chris Huhne wins his battle with the Treasury to expand renewables radically and curb fossil-fuelled power plants. The Norwegian energy group, which supplies about a quarter of Britains gas consumption from the North Sea, warned that Britain could become a less attractive market if renewables and nuclear power were favoured at the expense of gas plants. The uncertainty created by the Governments lengthy overhaul of the electricity market has been stoked by political infighting over Britains green agenda, one of the most ambitious and potentially most expensive in the world. Last night Chris Huhne, the Energy Secretary, defied George Osborne when he told renewable energy leaders that Britain would not abandon its green-plan drive, despite the economic downturn. The Chancellor recently vowed that Britain would not cut its carbon emissions any faster than the rest of Europe and blamed record energy bills on renewable subsidies.
Times 27th Oct 2011 more >>
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne made a thinly-veiled attack on George Osborne for opposing green measures. Lib-Dem Mr Huhne criticised “green economy deniers” as he hit back at the Chancellor’s Tory conference declaration that Britain should not lead Europe in cutting carbon emissions if it holds back UK growth. Mr Osborne had said: “We aren’t going to save the planet by putting our country out of business.” Mr Huhne turned the words against him by saying: “We are not going to save our economy by turning our back on renewable energy.”
Evening Standard 26th Oct 2011 more >>
ITS been much debated but now its official the A39 at Washford Cross will get a roundabout if EDF Energys plans for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point are approved. The energy firm must build the roundabout before work begins on the nuclear facility as it forms one of several preliminary works to be carried out at the site earmarked for Hinkley C. It will serve a new park and ride planned by EDF at the nearby Smithyard Terminal for Hinkley construction works if it eventually receives permission for the nuclear station.
Somerset County Gazette 26th Oct 2011 more >>
Work is due to begin next month to construct a £100 million store for low-level radioactive waste from a former nuclear power station. Up to six shallow vaults will be built on land next to Dounreay in Caithness, with the first expected to be ready in 2014. They will be used to hold items like paper, rags, tools, glass, concrete and clothing which contain small amounts of mostly short-lived radioactivity.
Rutherglen Reformer 26th Oct 2011 more >>
Daily Record 26th Oct 2011 more >>
Quarterly report on the progress of Generic Design Assessment (GDA) of the AP1000 and UK EPR reactors. It follows publication of our GDA Issues and the Requesting Party (RP) resolution plans in July.
HSE 26th Oct 2011 more >>
MCNULTY Offshore Construction is a leading manufacturer in the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, and it is poised to clinch orders when the UK nuclear industry starts replacing old stock. McNulty, originally a small stevedore business in 1906, has built an unrivaled reputation, making key sections of offshore oil and gas rigs, and is now taking advantage of the growth in the alternative energy market.
The Journal 26th Oct 2011 more >>
The disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March released far more radiation than the Japanese government has claimed. So concludes a study that combines radioactivity data from across the globe to estimate the scale and fate of emissions from the shattered plant.
Nature 25th Oct 2011 more >>
Scientists 26th Oct 2011 more >>
Japanese authorities are investigating what appears to a major cyberattack involving viruses or trojans against the servers of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in August of this year.
Info Security 26th Oct 2011 more >>
Iran is ready to resume negotiations with world powers on its nuclear programme, focusing on issues of “common ground,” foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Wednesday.
EU Business 26th Oct 2011 more >>
Bulgaria has awarded a multi-million dollar contract to an international consortium for the design of a national low- and intermediate-level waste (LLW and ILW) repository on land adjacent to the Kozloduy nuclear power plant.
World Nuclear News 26th Oct 2011 more >>
A consortium made up of Spanish waste management company ENRESA, Westinghouse Electric Spain (WES) and Germanys DBE Technology has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract for the design of a low and intermediate level waste repository at the Kozloduy nuclear power plant site in Bulgaria.
Nuclear Engineering International 26th Oct 2011 more >>
China is facing increasing safety risks from its nuclear power plants as existing facilities age and a large number of new reactors go into operation, the country’s environmental minister said in comments published on Wednesday.
Reuters 26th Oct 2011 more >>
EU’s energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger, the director general for energy Philip Lowe, and the head of the EU’s Athens task force Horst Reichenbach have discussed the idea of enabling Greece to repay some of its debts to EU member states, such as Germany, by providing them with solar energy. EurActiv has learned that the EU’s energy directorate general has been asked to investigate the idea’s potential, which is so far hampered by a lack of enthusiasm from EU nations. “Several German companies have expressed interest in the idea but it would clearly be more interesting if several member states were involved,” a senior source told EurActiv.
Guardian 25th Oct 2011 more >>