Seabed robot seeks Dounreay pollution

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

03 October 2007

Operators of the Dounreay nuclear plant in northern Scotland have come up with a seven-year plan to retrieve spent fuel particles from a section of seabed around the plant’s old active effluent outlet.

The plan to remove offshore particles is to be accompanied by the ongoing legal requirement to detect and remove particles from local beaches – work that is expected to total about £18–25 million.

The 0.6km2 section lies above the site’s old effluent diffusion chamber and is believed to be the main source of particle pollution washing up on local beaches, although there are other less significant suspected sources.

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Young Russian giant ponders the nuclear option

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

By Rebecca Bream

Published: Oct 09, 2007

Almost exactly a year ago, a deal was announced that shook up the well-established pecking order in the global aluminium industry.

Rusal, Russia's largest aluminium producer, unveiled the takeover of Sual, its smaller compatriot, and the aluminium assets of Glencore, the Swiss commodities trader.

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Delta bouwt centrales over de grens

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

PZC, 5 oktober 2007

Energiebedrijf Delta wil in België centrales bouwen. De ruimte in het Sloe wil het benutten voor een tweede kerncentrale. "Met de Sloecentrale zijn we er niet."
De palen voor de Sloecentrale zijn koud de grond in of Delta kijkt al weer verder. "We moeten wel, om de concurrentie het hoofd te bieden." Voor de duidelijkheid trekt Dick van der Klaauw, directeur energie, een vergelijking met koeriersbedrijven. "Wij zijn een koerier met vier auto's en concurreren met bedrijven met drieduizend wagens. Valt er bij ons een auto uit, dan merken we dat direct."

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Windscale: A nuclear disaster

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

By Paul Dwyer
Producer, Windscale: Britain's biggest nuclear disaster

Fifty years ago, on the night of 10 October 1957, Britain was on the brink of an unprecedented nuclear tragedy. A fire ripped through the radioactive materials in the core of Windscale, Britain's first nuclear reactor.

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MEPs urge suspension of Kroes's nuclear remit

Monday, October 8, 2007

Green MEPs have urged the European commission to suspend EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes's responsibilities for nuclear issues following her remarks in support of the sector on Monday. In an open letter to commission president Jose Manuel Barroso the MEPs question the impartiality of her decisions and call for a re-evaluation of the recent EU approval of French aid to a new Finnish reactor. A spokesman for Ms Kroes told ENDS the call was "ludicrous", arguing that all decisions
are taken on competition grounds.

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EUR 200 million for uranium enrichment facilities in UK and Netherlands

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Date of release: 24/09/2007

The European Investment Bank has signed a EUR 200 million loan with Urenco Ltd for the expansion of two uranium enrichment plants based in the UK and the Netherlands. This project forms part of the company’s medium-term investment programme, meeting global uranium enrichment demand by the use of Urenco’s world-leading energy-efficient technology.

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TVO says won't share nuclear reactor cost overruns with Areva

Friday, September 28, 2007

HELSINKI (Thomson Financial, AFX News Limited) - Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oy (TVO) reiterated that it has no intention of sharing the costs resulting from delays in the construction of the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor with the plant's supplier Areva.'We have not agreed to share costs. We've got a fixed price with a fixed delivery time. We've made our view clear to the plant's supplier,' chief executive Pertti Simola told Finnish business paper Kauppalehti.

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Renewables group questions EC neutrality on nuclear power

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Brussels (Platts) - 26 Sep 2007

A renewable energy group said it was "deeply worried" about the neutrality of the European Commission when it comes to nuclear power. The European Renewable Energies Federation, or EREF, was reacting September 26 to a September 25 EC decision. The EC decision was that there was no illegal state aid involved in the 570-million-euro (US$805 million) export credit guarantee from French export credit agency Coface to French nuclear vendor Areva for the Olkiluoto-3 reactor under construction in Finland.

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UK New Build Does Not Need Subsidies, Says BE

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

24 Sep (NucNet): New nuclear build in the UK does not need to be subsidised provided fossil fuel alternatives carry the cost of the carbon emissions associated with their use and that standard designs are adopted, British Energy (BE) has said.

In its submission on 20 September 2007 to the government’s consultation on possible new build in the UK, BE said private companies should be given the option of investing in new nuclear units and no restrictions should be placed on the amount of new capacity that could be built.

The company also said there is no need for restrictions on the siting

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France begins 'strategic reflection' on future of nuclear sector, presidential spokesman says

Thursday, September 13, 2007

France begins 'strategic reflection' on future of nuclear sector, presidential spokesman says

The Associated Press
Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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