Archive for April, 2013

Energy Security Will Be A Challenge Without Nuclear, Says UK Report

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Continuing to deliver energy security in the UK at the lowest possible cost will be “particularly challenging” over the next five to 10 years partly because of the significant amount of nuclear capacity that is scheduled to close, a report says.

The report, by the London-based think-tank Carbon Connect, says other factors affecting energy security will be electricity market reform, which will cause an “inevitable temporary hiatus” in the building of new power stations, and uncertainty over the future availability of ...

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UK Announces Plans To Sell Stake In Urenco

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The UK government said it would proceed with the sale of some or all of its one-third stake in Urenco, a major supplier of enriched uranium for the nuclear power industry, as part of a strategy that could see it part with more assets to help reduce its debts.

“Urenco is a world-leading, high technology company with strong earnings and the time is right for government to sell its stake,” business and energy minister Michael Fallon said in a statement.

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New Safety Rules Have ‘Major Implications’ For Nuclear In China

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New safety requirements for the nuclear industry in China will have “major implications” with capital costs for each nuclear power plant increasing by up to 20 percent and Chinese companies forced to develop indigenous reactor designs instead of relying on imported technology, a science journal has said.

An article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (http://thebulletin.org) also warned that to really be a leader in nuclear safety, China should speed up the adoption of new laws on nuclear energy and ...

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Lithuania Confirms Plans To Resurrect Visaginas Project

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Lithuania says it plans to reopen the project to construct a new nuclear power plant at Visaginas, on a site next to the shut-down Ignalinas nuclear station.

Prime minister Algirdas Butkevicius said Lithuania will renew talks about building the plant with GE-Hitachi as well as other Baltic nations Latvia and Estonia, seeking ways to make the project cheaper.

“The current Visaginas nuclear power plant project, as its terms stand now, is too expensive for Lithuania,” Mr Butkevicius said in a statement. “Continuing ...

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EDF Energy Cuts Hinkley Point Jobs As Talks With Government Continue

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EDF Energy is cutting the number of people working on its planned new nuclear plant in Somerset, England, as talks continue with the government over a contract price for electricity to be produced by the plant.

The company said it had taken steps to “refocus its activities” at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project “as part of good project management and to control costs”.

Planning consent has been given for construction of the first new nuclear power plant in the ...

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Energy Security Will Be A Challenge Without Nuclear, Says UK Report

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Continuing to deliver energy security in the UK at the lowest possible cost will be “particularly challenging” over the next five to 10 years partly because of the significant amount of nuclear capacity that is scheduled to close, a report says.

The report, by the London-based think-tank Carbon Connect, says other factors affecting energy security will be electricity market reform, which will cause an “inevitable temporary hiatus” in the building of new power stations, and uncertainty over the future availability of ...

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New Safety Rules Have ‘Major Implications’ For Nuclear In China

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New safety requirements for the nuclear industry in China will have “major implications” with capital costs for each nuclear power plant increasing by up to 20 percent and Chinese companies forced to develop indigenous reactor designs instead of relying on imported technology, a science journal has said.

Writing in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (http://thebulletin.org/), Hui Zhang and Shangui Zhao* also warned that to really be a leader on nuclear safety, China should speed up the adoption of new laws ...

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Regulators Must Improve Experience Sharing, Concludes IAEA Conference

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Nuclear regulators do not have a systematic way of collecting, analysing and sharing regulatory experiences, nor do they routinely assess less significant events and issues which would contribute towards improving the regulatory process, a conference has concluded.

Nuclear regulators from over 50 countries who met at the International Conference on Nuclear Regulatory Effectiveness in Ottawa, Canada, called for action to strengthen nuclear regulatory effectiveness and to increase their information sharing.

They said that while regulators perform detailed assessments of regulatory requirements, systems ...

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