South Korea has announced plans to spend 2.44 trln won over five years to build homegrown light-water nuclear reactors and develop fuel technology.
ABC Money 30th Jan 2007
Sweden’s nuclear authority on Monday asked prosecutors to investigate whether the operator of a nuclear power plant broke the law in its response to a malfunction last year. Two reactors at the Forsmark plant, 60 miles north of Stockholm, were shut down in July after two backup generators malfunctioned during a power failure. They went back on the grid two months later after security upgrades.
ABC Money 30th Jan 2007
A reactor at Russia’s Balakovskaya atomic power plant was automatically stopped because of a technical problem, media reported on Tuesday. Interfax news agency quoted emergency officials as saying that radiation levels at the plant were normal and that officials were investigating the matter.
Reuters 30th Jan 2007
Nuclear companies are positioning themselves to win lucrative contracts to build new nuclear reactors ahead of the government’s energy white paper in March. Mike Graham, national secretary of trade union Prospect, which represents nuclear engineers, said there was “a lot of interest” in the possible revival of the UK nuclear industry from suppliers. “Everything seems to have been speeding up within the last month.” Although deal-making cannot go ahead until a formal decision from government to give the green light to new nuclear reactors, companies that make nuclear reactor technology as well as those that build nuclear plants have started positioning themselves.
FT 30th Jan 2007
The US has rejected a call from the head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog for a “timeout” in the showdown with Iran over its nuclear programme. The US ambassador to the UN said the sanctions already being applied against Iran were not open to reinterpretation.
BBC 30th Jan 2007
The Albanian Prime Minister has urged Brussels to reconsider the closure of the two Bulgarian reactors saying the region needs electricity.
EU Business 29th Jan 2007
Residents near Oldbury Nuclear Power station in south Gloucestershire want the site left to nature when it is closed down next year. Over 1,000 people who live within a five mile radius of the plant responded to a public consultation on what should happen to the site.
BBC 29th Jan 2007
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday that nuclear power plant operators should not be expected to stop terrorists from crashing an airliner into a reactor, saying that responsibility lies elsewhere. Plant operators instead should focus on limiting radioactive releases and public exposure from any such airborne attack, the agency said in a revised defense plan for America’s nuclear plants.
Guardian website 29th Jan 2007
IT is an island divided. The increasingly bitter debate over the giant Lewis wind farm will be rekindled this week as islanders wrestle again with the issue of whether an environmental price is worth paying for much needed jobs and local investment. Some are already looking to Shetland, where the council is progressing its own £1bn wind farm which could provide power for a quarter of Scotland’s homes and which, as one of the largest community power projects in the world, could generate £20m a year. The Lewis and Shetland projects depend on getting an interconnector to the mainland, and there are doubts that ministers would support both. It would be a bitter blow to Western Isles councillors if they were to lose out to Shetland. There are three major wind farm developments proposed for Lewis, but the one by Amec and British Energy, in the name of Lewis Windpower (LWP), for the north and west, is generating most heat. Calum Macdonald, the former Labour MP, has even identified his support for it as one of the main reasons for him losing the Westminster seat, and the issue will doubtless feature in the forthcoming Holyrood election.
Herald 29th Jan 2007
The Herald 29th Jan 2007
LONGANNET power station is to be converted to burn gas as a temporary measure to secure electricity supply. The coal-burning plant in Fife, on the banks of the Forth, was closed last week after a coal-bearing conveyor belt collapsed. That could take up to two months to repair and, to ensure continuity of supply, the turbines are being switched to gas as early as this week. Generating capacity is now “tighter than normal”, while Hunterston nuclear plant in Ayrshire is also closed for repairs.
Herald 29th Jan 2007
TORNESS nuclear power station may escape the worst of the rising seas caused by global warming, a Met Office report says. The report looked at the effects of climate change on sea levels and how it would affect British Energy’s nuclear sites across the UK.
Edinburgh Evening News 26th Jan 2007