The wave of wildcat strikes sweeping the UK showed no sign of letting up yesterday as contractors at two nuclear plants joined workers at sites across the country to protest about the use of foreign labour. The walkouts at Sellafield and Heysham came as employers and union leaders were locked in negotiations aimed at preventing a further escalation of the dispute.
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More than 600 engineering contractors working on the Sellafield nuclear site went on strike yesterday in protest at the employment of foreign workers. Wearing thick anoraks and woolly hats to shield themselves from the raw wind whipping the Cumbrian coast, the contractors gathered just before 8am to murmur support and grudgingly extract hands from pockets to agree to a 24-hour strike.
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GDF-Suez looks set to become the latest European energy giant to set its sights on the rejuvenated UK nuclear energy market, after it was reported yesterday that the company is in talks about forming a joint venture to bid for UK nuclear sites. According to reports in The Sunday Times, the French company is in parallel talks with Germany’s RWE, Spanish energy giant Iberdrola and Sweden’s Vattenfall about forming a joint venture to table bids. It is expected to make a final announcement on which partner it has chosen soon.
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Nuclear waste from the reactors likely to be built in the UK will be up to seven times more hazardous than that produced by existing reactors. The admission was made in an ‘environmental impact assessment’ report by nuclear company Posiva. Posiva are responsible for managing the waste which will be produced by the European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) currently being constructed in Olkiluoto, Finland. And an independent nuclear consultant has warned that this will increase the costs of nuclear energy, as waste storage and safety expenses will rise above expected levels.
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Workers at two nuclear power stations in Suffolk will make a decision today about holding further industrial action in a row over the use of foreign workers. Sub-contractors employed by companies working on the decommissioning of Sizewell A, and routine work at Sizewell B, walked out yesterday in a show of solidarity for energy employees at a Lincolnshire oil refinery.
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Up to 70 sub contractors went on strike at the Sizewell A and B power stations in Suffolk today.
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NUCLEAR power generator British Energy yesterday said it was ready to restart another reactor hit by technical issues. The firm has been dogged by long-term problems at its Heysham and Hartlepool sites, but said a “comprehensive” return to service for Reactor 1 at its Heysham 1 plant was due in the “coming days”.
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Workers at Heysham nuclear power station will decide today whether or not to stage a wildcat strike in a simmering row over foreign workers.
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Letter from Stephen Salter: You report that nuclear power has no carbon emissions. The truth of this statement depends on how much of the cycle is being considered and greatly on the quality of ore from which the uranium is extracted. With the present ore grades, nuclear generation has a carbon advantage over gas of about three times, but the gap closes at grades of 100 parts per million, which may well be reached within the lifetime of plant planned now.
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Scottish Government plans for a massive expansion in green energy employment were cautiously welcomed yesterday by environmental groups. Finance Secretary John Swinney announced the move, saying it would help Scotland through the recession and provide a sustainable economy
for the future. At a conference in Glasgow he announced plans to invest in renewable technology to help create up to 16,000 jobs over the next 10 years. He said the Scottish Government will be implementing their Renewable Energy Action Plan which is hoped to boost production and deliver cost savings for consumers. Plans to increase power from wave wind and water technology to lower carbon emissions and reduce reliance on
fossil fuels will, he said, put Scotland at the forefront of a global renewables industry.
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Areva, a provider of technological solutions for nuclear power generation, and the Swiss electric utility KKL have signed a contract aimed at providing KKL with casks for the interim storage of spent nuclear fuel from the Leibstadt power plant in Switzerland. The contract is to be applied for the duration of the power plant’s operation, ultimately resulting in all spent fuel being removed, with these operations to continue until 2049.
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India has signed an agreement with the UN atomic watchdog to allow inspections of its civilian nuclear plants. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei and Indian Ambassador Saurabh Kumar signed the accord in Vienna. The deal requires India to make 14 of its 22 nuclear reactors subject to non-proliferation inspections by 2014.
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Despite the French government’s global marketing of its flagship European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) as cheap and safe, nuclear energy is rapidly becoming the most expensive way to produce electricity, and its highly radioactive waste poses an ever-increasing problem. At a time when France is setting itself up as the political and industrial champion of a supposed worldwide expansion of nuclear power, Global Chance – an association that includes among its members several of France’s few independent nuclear experts – has produced a report that shows how France’s nuclear promises are a dangerous illusion. France is locked into nuclear power in a way that presents an obstacle to the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.
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North Korea said on Monday it would never unilaterally dismantle its nuclear weapons and demanded inspectors probe the South to make sure it is not harbouring U.S. atomic arms, further stepping up tensions with its neighbour.
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The SNP will step up its calls for Scotland to be rid of nuclear weapons. The calls will come at a conference in Edinburgh on the day the Westminster Government launches a policy paper on the issue. The conference, to be attended by a range of anti-nuclear groups, will focus on Trident and international law.
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