Archive for July, 2014

2014 Nuclear Issues Vol 37 No 5 July

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Our nuclear future

“Use it or Lose it”. This paper by Candida Whitmill gives a rare, sensible assessment of the role of nuclear power in the UK both in its comments and the implied but unanswered questions it raises. (Civitas, Issue 11 June 2014). The fact that the author is the managing director of the Newcastle-based Penultimate Power, (which also lists Ian Fells as a director), – “a UK-led consortium to build small modular reactors in the UK for the domestic ...

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July Newsletter No190

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Methinks these soothsayers are slightly potty

While the good ship “Nuclear Power” is becalmed in the bureaucratic doldrums, there has been a flurry of excitement about David Cameron’s re- shuffle which saw 40 changes and brought in ten women – three into the cabinet.

The reason is that the promotion of Energy Minister, Michael Fallon, to Defence Secretary and the dropping of Greg Barker, Minister for Climate Change, has brought two new Conservative faces to the Department of Energy and Climate Change. ...

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Regulator Gives Go-Ahead For Restart Of Two Japan Reactors

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Japan’s nuclear regulator has said that two nuclear reactors meet new standards put in place after the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi disaster and can be restarted.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority, in a 418-page report released today, gave Kyushu Electric Company preliminary approval to restart the two pressurised water reactor units at its Sendai station in the southern part of the country.

Kyushu Electric Company confirmed the approval in a statement on its website.

The report, published on the NRA’s website in Japanese only, said the ...

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Europe Signs EUR 238 Million Contract As Jet Prepares For Tritium Experiments

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A major new contract worth 283 million euros (386 million US dollars) has been signed between the European Commission and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) in Oxfordshire, England, enabling CCFE to continue to operate the Joint European Torus (Jet) until the end of 2018.

CCFE has been operating Jet, Europe’s largest fusion energy experiment, since 2000. But the new agreement represents the largest ever single contract to be awarded to CCFE and gives Culham and the European fusion programme ...

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