North Korea armed with nuclear weapons is still no match for the South, and Pyongyang knows better than to attack its neighbour because it cannot win, South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun was quoted as saying on Thursday.
Reuters 7th Dec 2006
South Korea and the United States have both denied a claim that US nuclear weapons are deployed on the Korean peninsula.
Belfast Telegraph 8th Dec 2006
A division of OMZ has signed a E1.5 million contract to modernize power components on polar cranes in the reactor halls at the Bulgarian Kozloduy nuclear power plant. The contract was signed by Skoda JS, a part of the OMZ-NPPEQ division of OMZ (Uralmash-Izhora Group). The work will be implemented in two stages – the crane at Unit 6 in October 2007 and the crane at Unit 5 in May 2008. The total value of the contract is over E1.5 million.
Energy Business Review 9th Dec 2006
The US Congress has voted in favour of allowing the export of civilian nuclear fuel and technology to India for the first time in 30 years.
BBC 8th Dec 2006
British Energy Group Plc’s debt rating may be cut as production from its nuclear plants falls, according to traders betting on corporate creditworthiness in the credit-default swaps market. Contracts based on 10 million euros ($13 million) of debt sold by British Energy, the U.K.’s biggest power producer, rose to 160,000 euros from 148,750 euros on Dec. 4, according to Credit Market Analysis in London. Credit-default swaps are financial instruments based on corporate bonds and loans that are used to speculate on a company’s ability to repay debt. An increase indicates deterioration in credit quality.
Bloomberg 8th Dec 2006
Planning permission for major projects from nuclear power stations and incinerators to wind farms will become quicker and easier to obtain, with less scope for objections from locals, under proposals made in the long-awaited Barker Review of planning.
Edie 8th Dec 2006
A Japanese electric power company said today it will shut down a nuclear power plant in northern Japan after it leaked a small amount of coolant water containing radioactive material.
Daily Mail website 8th Dec 2006
IN an uncertain world of rogue states, MPs in the Mercury patch believe it would be wrong for Britain to abandon its nuclear deterrent. Conservatives Mark Prisk and Oliver Heald and Labour’s Barbara Follett are supporting Prime Minister Tony Blair’s £20bn updating of the submarine fleet carrying the Trident missile and its nuclear warheads.
Hertfordshire Mercury 8th Dec 2006
The world faces a tricky task balancing fears of nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea with fresh interest in atomic power, including in Asia, to meet energy demands, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei said. With developing countries expected to largely drive a forecast 53 pct increase in global energy consumption by 2030, there has been a resurgence of interest in nuclear power to meet this demand, the UN official said.
Interactive Investor 8th Dec 2006
Israel will continue to keep mum on whether it has atomic weapons, officials said Thursday after the incoming US defense secretary described the Jewish state as a nuclear power.
Middle East Online 7th Dec 2006
Reuters 7th Dec 2006
A specialist team has been brought in to clear up asbestos lagging which fell off a heat exchanger at the Chapelcross nuclear plant in Dumfriesshire. About 20kg of the material crashed onto a staircase after becoming waterlogged during the weekend storms.
BBC 7th Dec 2006
Hotel Bar staff contaminated.
Guardian 8th Dec 2006