Archive for February, 2015

2015 Nuclear Issues Vol 38 No 1 February

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Energy and Economic growth

In explaining how the economy is tied to energy, with the leveraging impact of cheap energy creating growth, the American commentator on energy Gail Tverberg states that “In order for economic growth to occur, the wages of workers need to go farther and farther in buying goods and services. Low- priced energy products are far more effective in producing this situation than high-priced energy products. Substituting high-priced energy products for low- priced energy products can be expected ...

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February Newsletter No197

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A CLIMATE CHANGE COMPROMISE

This month has seen several important political initiatives – and one which seemed important on a first reading but amounted to very little. This was the joint pledge to tackle climate change signed by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg in what one newspaper called “a rare show of unity” before the General Election.

This “pledge” ignored the role of nuclear energy in reducing CO2 emissions completely and failed to take account of the different attitudes of ...

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Eight EU States Ask For Recognition Of Nuclear In Energy Union Policy

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Policies & Politics

Ministers responsible for energy in eight EU member states have written to the European Commission asking for a forthcoming action plan on EU energy policy to include nuclear power alongside other low-carbon technologies.

The ministers of Romania, France, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and the UK urged the EC to ensure that the Communication on Energy Union, due to be published on 25 February 2015, includes “a package of initiatives to develop a supportive EU framework for ...

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UK Regulators Declare Sizewell A Fuel-Free

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Decommissioning

UK regulators have confirmed that Sizewell A is completely fuel-free with 99 percent of the radioactive hazard now removed from the former nuclear station in Suffolk, eastern England.

Sizewell A’s two Magnox gas-cooled reactors operated from 1966 until 2006. Defuelling began in 2009, with fuel removed from the reactors placed in the site’s used fuel storage ponds before being packaged in transport containers for shipment to the Sellafield complex for reprocessing.

A Sizewell spokesman said confirmation of the reduction in hazard allows ...

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UK’s NuGen Moves From London To Manchester

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Plans & Construction

NuGen, the UK nuclear developer, will next week move its main office from London to Manchester.

The company, developing Europe’s largest new nuclear project in West Cumbria, said Manchester was chosen for its proximity to key stakeholders such as regulators and supply chain companies.

NuGen is planning to build three Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at Moorside, but must first complete land surveys and plan the site layout. A final investment decision is expected by the end of 2018, a statement said.

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UK Magnox site declared fuel free

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UK regulators have confirmed that Sizewell A is completely fuel free. The decommissioning milestone marks the removal of 99% of the radioactive hazard from the former Magnox nuclear power station.

Sizewell A’s two 210 MWe Magnox gas-cooled reactors operated from 1966 until 2006. Defuelling began in 2009, with fuel removed from the reactors placed in the site’s used fuel storage ponds before being packaged in transport containers for shipment to the Sellafield complex for reprocessing. The final flask of fuel was ...

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Fukushima-Daiichi Situation Remains ‘Very Complex’, Says IAEA Team

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Decommissioning

The situation at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear station in Japan remains “very complex”, with the increasing amount of contaminated water posing a short-term challenge and the need to remove highly radioactive spent fuel from the reactors that suffered meltdowns “a huge long-term challenge”, the International Atomic Energy Agency has said.

The IAEA’s third review of decommissioning plans for Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (Tepco) Fukushima-Daiichi found an “improved” situation with lower radiation in many areas, but added that many challenges to cleaning up ...

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Nuclear Accounted For Largest Share Of EU Energy Production In 2013, Says Eurostat

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Plant Operation

Nuclear energy accounted for the largest share of European Union domestic production of primary energy in 2013 with 29 percent, ahead of renewables (24 percent), solid fuels (20 percent), gas (17 percent), oil (nine percent) and non-renewable wastes (one percent), a statement released yesterday by the EU’s statistical office Eurostat said.

The gross electricity generation from nuclear plants within the EU-28 countries in 2013 was 876.8 million gigawatt-hours (GWh), a 10.3 percent increase compared with 1990, equivalent to an average ...

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