Archive for June, 2014

June Newsletter No189

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A minister crying in the wilderness

We live not just in interesting but incredible times. The Ukraine remains a threat to oil and gas supplies. The fragmentation of Iraq (and Syria) by a murderously fanatical Islamic agent known as ISIS has already raised the price of petrol and put global oil supplies at risk.

The economic recovery seems to be well established and energy demand is rising with greater activity and an immigrant-swollen population.

The European Commission is still trying to decide whether ...

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2014 Nuclear Issues Vol 37 No 4 June

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Avoiding Blackouts

The warnings of future electricity shortages follow the failure of the private power companies to invest in sufficient new capacity. The National Grid is looking to save up to 330 megawatts (MW) of power demand capacity this winter and is offering to pay companies to cut their electricity use to prevent blackouts. The company explains that the UK is facing a reduction in electricity generation as old plants shut and new ones are slow to start up.

But adding to ...

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UK And China Sign ‘Landmark’ Deal On Nuclear Cooperation

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The UK and Chinese governments have signed a “landmark” agreement which confirms that Chinese companies could own and operate a Chinese designed nuclear power station in the UK, provided they meet the stringent requirements of the UK’s independent nuclear regulator.

The governments also signed a separate four-way civil nuclear agreement that could be worth hundreds of millions of pounds to British companies over several years by facilitating cooperative work in areas such as waste treatment and decommissioning, the UK’s Department of ...

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China Manufactures AP1000 Components To Westinghouse Criteria

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China has successfully manufactured a steam generator and a reactor pressure vessel (RPV) for an AP1000 reactor and both have passed hydrostatic testing and meet Westinghouse’s quality criteria, the China State Nuclear Power Technology Company (SNPTC) has said.

The RPV passed pressure testing on 8 June 2014 and the steam generator passed hydrostatic testing on 21 May 2014, SNPTC said.

SNPTC said this shows that Chinese domestic enterprises have “fully mastered” the key manufacturing technology and quality management needed for Generation III ...

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Japanese Economic Organisations Make Urgent Appeal For Reactor Restarts

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Three major economic organisations in Japan have issued an urgent appeal for the government to accelerate the process of restarting nuclear power reactors whose safety has been confirmed, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum has said.

The Japan Federation of Economic Organisations (Keidanren), the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (JACE), said they are concerned that sharp increases in fossil fuel imports, made necessary by the shutdown of all the country’s 50 commercial nuclear ...

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Hong Kong Needs ‘Dedicated Nuclear’ From China, Says Society

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Hong Kong’s electricity supply will be more reliable and cost-competitive if it increases the amount of nuclear energy it imports from China through dedicated transmission lines, the Hong Kong Nuclear Society said.

HKNS said it supports using more nuclear energy, but buying electricity from the China Southern Grid (CSG) – one of the options proposed by the government – does not provide the desired level of reliability, environmental performance and cost efficiency.

In response to the government’s public consultation on Hong Kong’s ...

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NEA Report Aims To ‘Dispel Myths’ Surrounding Uranium Mining

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Uranium mining is one of the most regulated and safest forms of mining in the world, but remains controversial, principally because of environmental and health impacts associated with the early years of uranium mining, according to a new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency.

The NEA said the report aims to “dispel some of the myths, fears and misconceptions” about uranium mining by providing an overview of how “leading practice” mining can significantly reduce the ...

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