The UK’s nuclear watchdog is still in talks with British Energy over the generator’s request to restart its Hinkley Point power plant, a spokesman for the Health & Saftey Executive said on Tuesday. British Energy must convince the HSE’s Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) that Hinkley Point, which has been shut for about six months for boiler repairs, can run safely at 70 percent of capacity until further work planned for next year. The company had hoped to get at least one of the two affected reactors at the power station in southwest England going by the end of March, subject to NII approval.
Reuters 3rd April 2007
Britain’s International Nuclear Solutions Plc said on Wednesday it had agreed to a cash offer from Babcock Plc which valued the company at around 39.3 million pounds ($77.7 million).
Reuters 4th April 2007
Pyongyang is unlikely to meet a mid-April deadline to shut down a nuclear reactor as the United States and North Korea remain divided over a transfer of the North’s funds in Macau, a Chinese envoy was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
Reuters 4th April 2007
A senior MI6 officer has become the first civilian chief constable in Britain for more than 50 years and will head the armed force that guards nuclear power stations. The decison to choose Richard Thompson, who was a station chief in Baghdad and worked in Kosovo, to head the 700-strong Civil Nuclear Constabulary will cause concern among police officers. The post for a director of policing was advertised, and the Government has also been discussing introducing civilians who have management expertise or specialist skills into at least the middle ranks of the police. Mr Thompson, 46, who will earn more than £100,000, is described by the constabulary as a senior diplomat at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Times 4th April 2007
Shares in Alstom, the French construction engineer, were up 2.5 per cent to €100.80 on Tueseday after it announced a joint venture to develop nuclear power plants in Russia. The company’s partner in the deal will be the state-controlled company Atomenergomash. Alstom said the deal could be worth up to €100m, and added that negotiations for a similar deal in India were under way.
FT 3rd April 2007
Italian firm Enel has signed a memorandum of intent with Russia’s Rosatom on the development of the electricity sector and nuclear power generation in Russia, and in central and Eastern Europe.
Nuclear Engineering International 3rd April 2007