Archive for August, 2013

2013 Nuclear Issues Vol 36 No 8

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30 Wasted years

The last reactor to be commissioned in the UK, Sizewell B was connected to the National Grid, in 1995. The next will be Hinkley Point C with 2 Areva EPR s each of 1600MW, for which the first unit may not come into operation before 2025 (if indeed a contract with EDF is eventually signed) -30 wasted years.

In the 18 years since 1995 Government responsibility for energy policy has been in the hands of 10 different ministers two ...

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August Newsletter No179

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ALL WE WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS HINKLEY POINT

It may not be until the end of this year that EdF will decide whether to go ahead with two new reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset. This news came in the Daily Telegraph of July 31. It sounded authoritative. Henri Proglio, EdF’s CEO, was quoted as saying “We continue to work with the British Government and expect to have a decision by the end of the year”.

He did not, of course, say ...

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Europe Has Taken ‘Urgent And Significant’ Steps on Safety, Says Ensreg

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European countries have taken “urgent and significant” steps to improve the safety of their nuclear plants, but with varying degrees of practical implementation, the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (Ensreg) has said.

In its latest report on its activities to the European Commission, Ensreg said in spite of differences in national approaches, peer reviews showed an “overall consistency” across Europe in the identification of positive features, weaknesses and possible ways to increase nuclear plant robustness in light of preliminary lessons learned ...

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South Africa Remains Committed To New Nuclear, Says Minister

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South Africa’s new energy minister Ben Martins has said the country remains committed to adding new nuclear to its energy mix in line with an electricity security plan first put forward 20 years ago.

Mr Martins, who took over the energy portfolio from Dipuo Peters in July 2013, said in a statement released by the energy ministry that the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for 2010-2030 was developed through “a robust public engagement process” and recognises the need for South Africa to ...

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