Letter from Stephen Salter: The figure for carbon release from nuclear power quoted by Steuart Campbell (Letters, 24 January) must be based on a very rich ore grade from the early days of the nuclear industry from mines that are now exhausted. They cannot include waste disposal, because it is hard to see how you can spend £70-£90 billion on civil engineering projects without releasing lots of carbon. The release from mining, rock crushing and uranium extraction is strongly dependent on ore quality, and several sources indicate that, with present grades of about 1,500 parts per million, releases are about one-third of those from natural gas burnt to generate the same electrical energy. The break-even point will be reached when ore grades are down to 100 parts per million, which is likely to occur in 50 years at present rates of consumption; earlier, perhaps 25 years, if there is a dash for uranium. He is quite right about the amount of uranium in sea water, but the concentration is only 3.3 parts per billion and the energy required to extract it far exceeds what it could generate.
Scotsman 29th Jan 2008 more >>
A new Ipsos MORI survey of public attitudes to the nuclear energy industry on behalf of the Nuclear Industry Association shows the industry to be favourably regarded on balance, a stark contrast with the position just five years ago. Favourable opinion has reached 35% and unfavourable opinion is 26%; a complete reversal of the position in December 2002, when favourable opinion was just 21% and unfavourable opinion 33%.
Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment 28th Jan 2008 more >>
CONSTRUCTION students from South Cheshire College have been standing firm in a debate about nuclear power as part of their course. A group of BTEC HNC, Building Studies students were split down the middle in the mock argument which exploded into life last week. Half of the group represented a nuclear power construction company, while the other students acted on behalf of major environment groups such as Greenpeace.
This is Cheshire 28th Jan 2008 more >>
Turkish energy-to-construction firm Enka Insaat ENKAI.IS has agreed with Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) to work together on nuclear energy in Turkey, the Turkish firm said on Monday.
Reuters 28th Jan 2008 more >>
Turkey’s Sabanci Holding SAHOL.IS will choose by mid-March from up to six European and Asian companies to partner its bid in a Turkish nuclear power plant tender, the head of Sabanci’s energy group said on Monday.
Reuters 28th Jan 2008 more >>
Coal prices in Asia jumped to a record high on Monday as the region suffered acute shortages because of disrupted supply in Australia, South Africa and China. The coal market is facing a short-term increase in consumption in Japan, as the country’s power utility, Tepco, relies more heavily on its coal thermal power plants to offset the impact of the closure of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant after an earthquake in July.
FT 29th Jan 2008 more >>