Archive for August, 2016

August Newsletter No215

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WAITING WITH BATED BREATH

The expression “waiting with bated breath” has two meanings – someone anticipating something attractive happening in the near future and someone fearing the worst. Either of them could apply to the situation we find ourselves in as we wait to hear what Prime Minister Theresa May has decided to do about the Hinkley Point C project and speculate about the likely reactions of the Chinese ...

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New CEO Appointed For UK’s Atomic Energy Authority

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Ian Chapman has been appointed chief executive officer of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) earlier this month, according to a statement on the organisation’s website.

Mr Chapman will assume the new role on 1 October, succeeding current CEO Steve Cowley, the statement said. Mr Chapman will mainly lead the UK’s magnetic confinement fusion research programme at Culham Science Centre (CSC), the UKAEA said. The UKAEA carries out fusion energy research on behalf of the UK government at the CSC near ...

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Russian fast reactor reaches full power

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Unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant started operating at 100% power for the first time today. The BN-800 fast neutron reactor is scheduled to enter commercial operation later this year.

Beloyarsk 4 – BN800 – control room – 460 (Rosenergoatom)
Workers in the BN-800’s control room (Image: Rosenergoatom)

Plant operator Rosenergoatom said, “Thus begins the procedure of comprehensive testing of the unit at its rated power. This procedure is a major and final condition in preparation for the delivery of ...

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Putin Asks For ‘Coordinated Position’ On Use Of Thorium

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Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has asked state nuclear corporation Rosatom and the Kurchatov Institute national research centre to prepare a proposal by 1 March 2017 on the prospects for using thorium for nuclear fuel, the Kremlin website said.

The Kremlin said it wanted to establish a “coordinated position” on using thorium. Thorium, a naturally occurring slightly radioactive metal, is more abundant than uranium, and research is being carried out into its potential use in nuclear reactors in a number of countries, ...

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Horizon Gives €1M To Fund Nuclear Engineering Centre In Wales

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The company planning to build the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station in North Wales has announced the provision of £1m (€1.1m, $1.2m) of funding for Grŵp Llandrillo Menai college.

Horizon Nuclear Power said the funding will help with the design, construction and associated infrastructure of a purpose-built engineering centre next to the existing energy centre at the college’s Llangefni Campus on the island of Anglesey.

The announcement follows a pledge of £5m towards the £10m centre at Coleg Menai – one of ...

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UK-China Relations ‘At Critical Juncture’ Over Hinkley, Says Ambassador

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China’s relations with the UK are at a “crucial historical juncture” amid doubts over the future of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, the Chinese ambassador to the UK said in an article for the Financial Times.

“If Britain’s openness is a condition for bilateral co-operation, then mutual trust is the very foundation on which this is built,” Liu Xiaoming wrote in the article. He said the Hinkley Point C project is at the centre of Britain’s evolving trade relationship ...

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EDF Welcomes High Court Decision To Reject Union’s Hinkley Point Request

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EDF said in a statement on its website yesterday that it welcomed a decision by the High Court of Paris on 5 August 2016 to reject a request by EDF’s Central Works Committee to suspend the board’s 28 July decision to approve the Hinkley Point C nuclear station project in England. Jean-Bernard Lévy, chairman and chief executive officer of the French state-owned power company, also said in the statement he will take legal action against the Sud Energie union.

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