“A Nuclear Power Renaissance? Maybe Not.” – New Book Analyses Role of Nuclear Energy in 31 Countries. Launch 8 June 2009 at 11h00, Chatham House, (Royal Institute of International Affairs), Astor Room, 10 St James’s Square. What is the current role of nuclear power in the world and what are the trends? Thirty international energy experts have analysed the situation in 31 countries. They conclude, quite contrary to the general impression, which nuclear energy is rather in the dusk than in the dawn. In 2008, for the first time since the beginning of the civil use of nuclear energy, no new reactor has started operating in the world and the installed capacity declined. In most countries the outlook for nuclear energy is uncertain. Edited by Lutz Mez, Managing Director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre at the Freie University, Berlin, Germany, Mycle Schneider, Independent International Energy and Nuclear Policy Consultant, Paris, France, Steve Thomas, Professor for Energy Policy at the Public Services International Research Unit of the University of Greenwich, UK. The event will be chaired by Walt Patterson, Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Development Programme, Chatham House. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The U.K.’s plans to build four new nuclear power stations is on schedule and is unlikely to be derailed by public fears, according to Graham Fagence, business development manager of Hitachi Power Europe. He said the impending energy crunch facing the U.K. in 2016 will keep current plans to get the first of four nuclear plants operational by 2018 on track.
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Vatenfall is pulling out of the race to build new reactors in the UK for at least 12 to 18 months because of the recession.
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For the first time in eight years, countries are contemplating giving nuclear stations carbon credits in the run-up to the crucial world summit on climate change in Copenhagen in December. This could greatly boost prospects of a global nuclear expansion. Draft text currently under negotiation at climate change talks by 182 countries in Bonn, Germany, includes an option to make nuclear facilities eligible for funding from 2012 under two schemes meant to help poorer countries develop low-carbon technologies: the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation. Nuclear power was excluded from these schemes under the Kyoto protocol in 2001, after opposition from European and developing countries. Now the nuclear industry is hoping to overturn that, and open the door for funding to flow to nuclear stations across the developing world. “it’s a survival strategy for the nuclear industry not the planet”, according to Shaun Burnie, a nuclear energy consultant and former Greenpeace campaigner: He estimates that carbon credits could cut the capital cost of building new nuclear stations by up to 40%.
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A new nuclear research centre is to be built near Whitehaven. The Dalton Cumbria Facility, funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the Dalton Institute of the University of Manchester, is planned for the Westlakes Science and Technology Park. The centre will create a dedicated research facility for radiation science and decommission engineering. The applicants, Energus, said that the centre will provide ongoing research and development study in key areas that will support the broader nuclear and energy agenda of west Cumbria.
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More than 1,000 atom bomb test veterans could receive compensation following a victory at the High Court.
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SCOTLAND’S biggest naval base has been hit by a swine flu alert after two sailors and a civilian fell ill Faslane – home of the UK’s nuclear submarines – yesterday confirmed they had three suspected victims of the virus.
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Russia on Friday played down hopes of a breakthrough on reducing nuclear arsenals ahead of a visit to Moscow by the U.S. President, linking arms cuts with U.S. plans to deploy an anti-missile system in Europe.
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Spain’s nuclear regulator CSN on Friday recommended that the Garona plant may renew its operating permit for another 10 years on safety grounds, newspaper online reports said. The government has the final say and must decide by July 5. Permits to operate another six of Spain’s eight nuclear plants are up for renewal in the next two years, or within the mandate of a government that has vowed to phase them out. Here are some key facts about Spain’s eight nuclear power stations.
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The first component modules for the Sanmen AP1000s have been completed in China. The manufacturing company has just received the N-Stamp accreditation for its nuclear-grade steelwork.
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China hopes to start building the next phase of its Sanmen nuclear plant by the end of 2011, the head of the project company said on Thursday. Sanmen in Zhejiang province, near Shanghai, is one of two sites in China where Westinghouse, a unit of Toshiba Corp, and the Shaw Group are building the first of their AP1000 reactors, so-called “third generation” nuclear plants. The firms have started building the first phase — two of a total planned six AP1000 reactors — and expect it to start operating in 2013.
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