Archive for October, 2014

October Newsletter No193

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SONE, with new blood, working for a real nuclear renaissance

SONE is to continue its efforts, subject to resources, to secure a substantial nuclear-powered future for Britain. It will do so with a partly new team.

The AGM, held on October 20 at the Institution of Civil Engineers, elected the new secretary, Harold Bolter, former industrial editor of the Financial Times and company secretary of BNFL, as a director of the SONE company and a member of its committee. He was joined ...

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2014 Nuclear Issues Vol 37 No 8 October

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SMRs and MSRs

The similarity of the acronyms is confusing, but the two nuclear reactor concepts are quite different.

Small Modular Reactors are seen as an alternative to the large water reactors now being built. It is argued that ever-larger reactors with their complex safety structure and systems, are examples of diseconomies of scale – the larger the reactor, the less competitive it becomes.

The IAEA defines SMRs as “advanced reactors that produce electric power up to 300 MW(e), designed to be built ...

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All eyes on Hinkley

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The European Commission’s decision that the revised UK support package for EDF’s Hinkley Point C nuclear project is compatible with EU state aid rules does not necessarily provide an easy blueprint for subsequent projects. Other EU nuclear project sponsors and investors face a number of difficult issues that should be at the heart of planning for subsequent projects, write George Borovas, Nick Buckworth and James Webber.

The Commission found that although the UK’s deal with EDF included state aid, such aid ...

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