THE head of EDF in Britain has promised British Energy’s East Kilbride office will retain a core role in the future of a combined group. Vincent de Rivaz, EDF’s UK chief executive, below, has maintained that staff at BE’s current headquarters will be central to the development of new nuclear plants.
Scotsman 6th Oct 2008 more >>
Europe’s governments must work together to deliver a “visible and stable” European energy policy or they will fail to attract the investment they need
to meet sharply rising demand, according to Pierre Gadonneix, president of the World Energy Council and chairman of French energy group EDF. “We must be planning a strategy for high energy prices. That is a new factor in the environment and that will require huge investment,” Mr Gadonneix told the Financial Times. “The challenge for energy policy today is to give investors the visibility they must have to provide the very big sums we need. It is very important for all energy operators that Europe makes these statements.”
FT 6th Oct 2008 more >>
Out of our 10 supposedly operational nuclear plants, over half are in dire trouble, limping along at greatly reduced capacity.
Greenpeace 7th Oct 2008 more >>
How much has the cost of new nuclear construction increased in recent years and what factors have contributed to cost estimates of up to $7000 per kWe?
Nuclear Engineering International 22nd August 2008 more >>
The industry is growing globally and other European nations including Britain and Finland are reviving nuclear. But Germany — where about half the power comes from coal — has so far stuck to a 2001 law to phase out nuclear reactors by 2021. The ground is shifting, however: oil prices which have risen fivefold since 2001, fears about energy supply security and the need to curb carbon dioxide emissions have boosted support for nuclear in Europe’s biggest energy-consuming state.
Reuters 7th Oct 2008 more >>
Areva said on Tuesday it has signed two deals with China Guandong Nuclear Power Company (CGNPC) to reinforce its partnership with China. CGNPC and Areva will create a joint venture held 55 percent by Chinese interests and 45 percent by Areva for the engineering and procurement of nuclear power plants, the French builder of nuclear reactors said in a statement.
Money AM 7th Oct 2008 more >>
Iran’s Shahab missile research work and related sites “are off-limits” to any negotiations by Western governments concerning the country’s nuclear enrichment activities, says Iran’s top delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Janes 7th Oct 2008 more >>
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband warned Tuesday of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East if Iran was allowed to press ahead unchecked with a uranium enrichment programme.
Middle East Online 7th Oct 2008 more >>
Ananova 7th Oct 2008 more >>
Iran has accused six major powers of “unreasonable behaviour” over its disputed nuclear programme, but the European Union said on Tuesday it would stick to a dual approach combining diplomacy with the threat of sanctions.
Reuters 7th Oct 2008 more >>
The future of coal-fired power generation in Europe was called into question yesterday after a European Parliament committee backed new laws that would force power companies to pay for all of their carbon dioxide emissions from 2013. The decision, which could cost the power industry 30 billion (£23 billion) a year and trigger a steep rise in electricity bills, represents a huge boost for Europe’s renewable energy industry. It also casts fresh doubt over the likelihood of a £1.5 billion coal-fired power plant being built at Kingsnorth, Kent, by E.ON, the German power group.
Times 8th Oct 2008 more >>
Four new briefings on 1) Nuclear Costs and Finances 2) Nuclear Siting 3) Nuclear Waste and 4) Nuclear Decommissioning.