Unions are pressing government ministers to extract guarantees on British jobs from the Westinghouse-led consortium, which wants to build more than £10bn of new nuclear reactors in Britain. A joint delegation from Westinghouse and Shaw Group, the controversial US group recently appointed as lead contractor for the work, will fly to London next month to meet ministers from Lord Mandelson’s business department and Ed Miliband’s energy department.
Guardian 5th Jan 2010 more >>
Industry leaders and expert advisors are set to attend the Nuclear New Build Conference at London’s Charing Cross Hotel on January 26 and 27. The annual industry event, organised by think tank C5, brings together regulators, energy companies, supply chain members and site licence holders plus leading consultants and legal advisors. Major industry players such as Westinghouse UK, EDF Energy, Fluor, Amec, Mott Macdonald, AON, Areva and Atkins Global will be joined by Ed Miliband MP, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, who will present the opening keynote address.
The Manufacturer 4th Jan 2010 more >>
SHEFFIELD Forgemasters International Limited (SFIL) will join fellow industry leaders and expert advisors at a national conference on nuclear power provision. SFIL chief executive Graham Honeyman is among speakers at the second UK Nuclear New Build Conference, which will tackle the hottest legal, regulatory and contractual issues for the UK supply chain.
The Business Desk 5th Jan 2010 more >>
MORE than 700 placard-waving campaigners walked across North Somerset countryside to demonstrate against plans for a new power line in the area.
Weston & Somerset Mercury 4th Jan 2010 more >>
British Energy’s Heysham 1-1 nuclear reactor was producing power early on Monday, the first working day in 2010, a website operated by the National Grid showed. The 575 megawatt unit in northern England had been shut for refuelling on December 7.
Reuters 4th Jan 2010 more >>
Security company G4S has bought Nuclear Security Services Corporation (NSSC) from founder Inge Collins for $22m (£14m). NSCC installs and tests security systems for the nuclear power generation and government sectors, but has recently expanded into chemicals and petrochemicals.
Share Cast 4th Jan 2010 more >>
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With India’s energy needs growing rapidly, the country is planning a major expansion of its nuclear-power capacity. To do so, it will need to greatly increase international collaboration, including negotiating contracts for the purchase of reactor technology and nuclear fuel. But critics say that such deals would weaken the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the international agreement that aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, which India has not signed.
Nature 4th Jan 2010 more >>
IRAN’S CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 10 uranium-enrichment facilities has renewed global attention on nuclear energy ambitions in the Middle East. Several pro-Western Arab states are rolling out their civilian nuclear projects with the backing of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Petroleum Economist 4th Jan 2010 more >>
A Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)-led consortium has beaten those of GE+Hitachi and Areva to win a USD20 billion tender for four 1,400MW civil nuclear power reactors in the United Arab Emirates.
Nuclear Engineering International 4th Jan 2010 more >>
A NUCLEAR-powered submarine would be the centrepiece of ambitious plans for a major maritime visitor attraction in Plymouth. HMS Courageous would be moved out of the Navy’s secure area at Devonport and made more freely accessible for visitors under proposals by Rear-Admiral Mike Wood, a retired Navy engineering chief.
Plymouth Herald 5th Jan 2010 more >>
Nuclear Weapons Free Zones
Combined with treaties prohibiting the placement of nuclear weapons in outer space and the Antarctic, much of the world is now covered by one of five existing nuclear weapons-free zones (NWFZ). With the entry into force of what is formally known as the African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty (the Treaty of Pelindaba) on 15 July 2009, the entire southern hemisphere, by treaty, can now be considered a NWFZ.
Janes Defence Weekly 4th Jan 2010 more >>