British Energy has taken offline four nuclear power units, totaling some 2.4 GW of power capacity, in four unrelated unplanned outages, company
spokeswoman Sue Fletcher said Monday.
Platts 5th Jan 2009 more >>
The British government must declare a national need for new nuclear power stations by the end of this year if EDF is to launch its first
new generation reactor by 2017, according to senior executives of the French energy group. EDF on Monday finalised its £12.5bn takeover of British Energy, operator of 10 UK nuclear power plants. The group plans to build four of the French-designed 1,600MW EPR reactors on British Energy sites.
FT 6th Jan 2009 more >>
Construction of new nuclear power stations in Britain will be delayed unless the government acts to streamline its planning and safety approval process, according to senior executives of EDF, the French energy group.
FT 6th Jan 2009 more >>
EDF is still in talks to sell 25 percent of British Energy Group Plc to Centrica Plc at the same price the French utility paid adding that EDF is also discussing the possibility of a stake in future nuclear reactors.
Bloomberg 6th Jan 2009 more >>
Areva is stepping up the drive to win orders for its European Pressurised-water Reactor (EPR) in the UK. Last month, the company announced agreements with two UK engineering firms, Balfour Beatty and Rolls-Royce, covering engineering, manufacturing and construction of new nuclear reactors, including the provision of skill and supply chain requirements. Areva says the country’s nuclear construction programme could be as large as 25 gigawatts, indicating a market for about 15 reactors.
Petroleum Economist Jan 2009 more >>
Despite Government plans to increase nuclear power generation, public fear about the nuclear option and in particular the management of nuclear waste has the power to forestall these developments, claims Dr Peter Wilson MA (Oxon), PhD (Leeds) of the Joan Pye Project – an independent network of physicists, chemists and engineers established to help balance the debate concerning the future of energy in the United Kingdom, and to put the case for nuclear generated electricity as part of a balanced power generation programme.
Environment Times 5th Jan 2009 more >>
In the last days of 2008, the pound/euro exchange rate has hovered around 1.03. At the time of the 2007 consultation paper, the government used a figure of almost 1.50/£1. This change has added over 40% to the cost of constructing a new power station. Expressed in terms of UK pounds, the 5.2bn prospective cost of the Finnish power station now implies a price in UK£ of about £5bn rather than about £3.5bn. This raises the prospective cost of electricity generated by the nuclear power station to around £70 per megawatt hour, or over £20 more than the current wholesale price. To be clear, at today’s electricity prices and exchange rates the operator of a nuclear power station built for the same price as the Finnish plant would lose £20 per megawatt hour. No rational electricity company intent on making a profit would contemplate making an investment in a nuclear station if these conditions persist.
Carbon Commentary 1st Jan 2009 more >>
Guardian 5th Jan 2009 more >>
Brown Old Deal
The transport department is one of several ministries putting forward long-term infrastructure projects to the Treasury, including wind farms, and expansions of broadband and the nuclear power programme. Gordon Brown’s more modest short-term boost for infrastructure projects includes flood defences and motorway widening schemes.
Guardian 5th Jan 2009 more >>
Former ministers are being allowed to cash in with impunity on their contacts and insider knowledge, a damning report from MPs warns today. They called for strict new rules to curb the ‘revolving door’ that has seen a string of politicians walk straight into highly-paid jobs linked to their old areas of responsibility. The committee also drew attention to the number of former MPs and ministers employed by the nuclear industry, including Jack Cunningham, Ian McCartney, Richard Caborn, Brian Wilson and Alan Donnelly. Saying self-regulation had entirely failed, the committee called for all lobbying activity to be registered and monitored by a tough watchdog.
Daily Mail 5th Jan 2009 more >>
Times 5th Jan 2009 more >>
npower renewables and Bristol-based tidal power developers Marine Current Turbines (MCT), have announced a pioneering partnership to help deliver one of the world’s first commercial-scale tidal stream projects, off the coast of Anglesey, north Wales. This exciting and innovative showcase tidal farm scheme would be capable of generating 10.5 megawatts (MW) of clean, green power, drawn entirely from the sea’s major tidal currents.
npower renewables January 2009 more >>
The Shaw Group and AP1000 consortium partner, Westinghouse Electric Company have been awarded an Engineering Procurement and Construction contract by Progress Energy, Florida.
The Engineer 5th Jan 2009 more >>
Retailers have stopped stocking the bulb, which has been illuminating British homes for more than 120 years, and anticipate that they will have run out within weeks. The withdrawal is part of a Government campaign, launched by Gordon Brown in 2007, to push people into buying fluorescent bulbs. It is hoped the switch will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by around five million tonnes a year. Low energy lightbulbs are small versions of the fluorescent strip lights found in offices and public buildings. They use just a quarter of the energy of a conventional bulb. Replacing just one ordinary 100 watt can knock £7 a year off a household energy bill.
Telegraph 6th Jan 2009 more >>