British Nuclear Group has run into new safety problems at the controversial Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant (Thorp) which have delayed its restart. The move threatens to undermine the precarious finances of the government’s clean-up organisation, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which relies on Thorp for its income. Faults have been discovered on evaporators necessary for drying radioactive liquid produced by Thorp and the plant cannot operate until these are fixed. The NDA said it was not prepared to give a date now for Thorp being brought back on stream.
Guardian 29th Jan 2007
Iran is installing 3,000 centrifuges, a top governor said, in an announcement underlining that the country will continue its nuclear programme despite United Nations sanctions.
IC Wales 28th Jan 2007
Igor Ivanov, head of Russia’s security council, said Moscow was committed to launching Iran’s nuclear power plant in September. He is expected to hold a press conference with his Iranian counterpart. Russia supports Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear technology.
Times 29th Jan 2007
SCOTLAND is on the brink of a power crisis after an accident at one of the country’s biggest electricity plants massively reduced supplies to the national grid. Emergency legislation will be rushed through the Scottish Parliament early this week to allow Longannet power station, Fife, to burn gas as well as coal in a bid to stave off potential blackouts. The Longannet shutdown has triggered the nightmare scenario which energy chiefs have long feared. It comes with another of Scotland’s power stations, the nuclear-powered Hunterston B, also shut down, following safety concerns.
Scotland on Sunday 28th Jan 2007