Both the Finnish and French projects are paying the price for being prototypes. In the case of Finland, the delays have resulted in acrimonious arbitration between Areva and its Finnish customer, the utility TVO, about who will pay the additional costs. First-of-its-kind effects were a big issue, says Claude Jaouen, vice-president in charge of reactors and services at Areva. The main problems were design and the supply chain which had to be constructed, as no reactor had been built in Europe for 20 years and the amount of documentation that had to be produced. Arevas reactor design will also be used by EDF for its plants in the UK but Mr Jaouen insists that things wont be the same at all. Not only will Areva have the experience of projects in Finland, France and China, but the licensing process for the design is different in the UK and will be finalised earlier.
FT 2nd Dec 2011 more >>
West Cumbrias planned new nuclear power station will be called Moorside. NuGen, the consortium behind the project, has ditched the Sellafield name to go with a fresh image. Site investigations on land earmarked for the scheme, just north of the existing Sellafield site, are due to start next year. NuGen, owned by energy giants Iberdrola and GDF Suez, plumped for Moorside as a project name after consulting local people.
Cumberland News 2nd Dec 2011 more >>
PLANS for the latest generation of nuclear power stations including one in Cumbria have been dealt a blow as the Government delays the scheme by a year.
Carlisle News & Star 3rd Dec 2011 more >>
The government will not set targets for future nuclear or renewable energy as it does not know how costs will change over time. In the Carbon Plan set out by government this week, it states it wants to see nuclear, renewable and CCS technology compete to deliver energy at the lowest possible cost. It states: The government is happy for fossil fuels with CCS, nuclear or renewables to make up as much as possible of the 4070 GW we think we may need. The government would like to see the three low carbon technologies competing on cost in the 2020s to win their share of the market.
Construction News 2nd Dec 2011 more >>
In its response to the final report by chief nuclear inspector Dr Michael Weightman that was published in October, the Government said it was committed to working with its international partners in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on developing an ‘Action Plan’ for future incidents.
Out Law 2nd Dec 2011 more >>
4 million gallons of fresh water are abstracted every day from Wastwater to flush over the radioactive wastes at Sellafield. The British Government wants to make even more high level wastes with the plan for a new MOX plant and new build next to Sellafield – they describe it as ‘recycling’ the plutonium.
You Tube 2nd Dec 2011 more >>
Unwilling or incapable of learning from the UKs disastrous MOX fuel experiences, yesterdays Government approval for the re-use of plutonium as MOX fuel is branded by CORE as a decision made in the dark that yet again puts the proverbial cart before the inevitable nuclear white elephant.
CORE 2nd Nov 2011 more >>
Engineering giant GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has today unveiled plans to re-use the UKs legacy plutonium stockpile for a new nuclear power station in Sellafield in West Cumbria.
New Civil Engineer 2nd Dec 2011 more >>
Six people were arrested after protestors blockaded the entrance to a landfill site in Northamptonshire. They’re trying to stop hazardous substances, including low-level nuclear active material, being dumped there.
Anglia Tonight 2nd Dec 2011 more >>
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A Carlisle firm has landed a lucrative four-year contract to supply to the nuclear industry. ERIKS will provide mechanical spares to Sellafield and other Nuclear Decommissioning Authority-owned sites under the deal. The firm, which has a base on the Kingstown Industrial Estate, will create a number of new jobs to fulfil the contract. ERIKS, which has a base on the Kingstown Industrial Estate, will provide Sellafield and nuclear sites from Dounreay, to Dungeness, in Kent, with items including valves, pumps, bearings, power transmissions, seals and gaskets.
Cumberland News 2nd Dec 2011 more >>
The big six energy companies have been repeatedly taking advantage of brief spikes in the wholesale price of electricity to pass on much longer-term increases to householders, new analysis for the Guardian shows.
Guardian 2nd Dec 2011 more >>
How one sees the health of the NPT regime depends upon what one wants out of it. The review process itself is arguably fairly healthy, at least in the superficial sense that diplomats will continue to draw their per diem allowances and stay in pleasant cities around the world in order to engage in NPT discussions that are at least somewhat less acrimonious than in the not-so-distant past. If thats the point, then I suppose there is little to complain about. For those of us who tend to expect a nonproliferation treaty to advance the cause of nonproliferation, however that is, anyone who has not mistaken diplomatic process for policy substance the outlook is less encouraging. Indeed, in some critical respects, the regime has been heading in quite the wrong direction, and things have worsened during the last three years.
New Pardigm Forum 30th Nov 2011 more >>
A WEST FIFE councillor has expressed concerns over Fife’s continued affiliation of the Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA), saying the money paid in fees could have been better spent to benefit Fifers. Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay Labour councillor Bob Eadie (pictured with wife Helen) claims Fife Council has spent around £10,000 towards the NFLA over the last three years – expenses he says that cannot continue in the current economic climate.
Dunfermline Press 2nd Dec 2011 more >>
Fukushima Crisis Update 19th Nov to 1st Dec.
Greenpeace International 2nd Dec 2011 more >>
Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yukio Edano stressed on Dec. 2 the need for a fundamental review of Japan’s energy policy in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear accident but stopped short of speculating on the fate of the trouble-prone Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture. During a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo, he also declined to elaborate on Japan’s future involvement in the ITER, originally known as the International Thermonuclear Experiment Reactor, an international project under way in France. The project is bringing together the European Union, Japan, China, India, South Korea, Russia and the United States.
Mainichi 2nd Dec 2011 more >>
A FORMER serviceman feels he has been left stranded in his efforts to obtain an apology from the Ministry of Defence after his MP said she could no longer help him. Ken Moses, aged 74, of Kingsley Holt, was serving in the Army on Malden Island in the Pacific Ocean when nuclear bombs were tested on May 15 and 31, and June 19, 1957.
Leek Post & Times 1st dec 2011 more >>
Letter from various: the government should be highly embarrassed by new estimates that one in four English households is now in fuel poverty. But its reaction to this escalating problem would sadly suggest the contrary. Warm Front, the government’s one remaining grant programme for the fuel-poor, has had its budget slashed by two-thirds over the next two years and will end completely in 2013. Even more worrying was last week’s government consultation on the new Energy Company Obligation, which is designed to subsidise energy efficiency measures for low-income and vulnerable households from 2013. With 4.1m English households officially in fuel poverty in 2009 and with a government duty to eradicate this scourge by 2016 we hoped that the consultation would include ambitious plans for tackling the problem. Instead we find that, even on the most ambitious estimates, the ECO will bring relief to only 840,000 fuel-poor households by the end of 2015. This will mean at least 3m households left to choose between heating and eating.
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