Nuclear Power Debate Heats Up

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

MADRID, Mar 25 (IPS) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown are about to agree on a new generation of nuclear power plants in London this week, and plan to export the technology to the rest of the world, according to unconfirmed reports.

Downing Street has refrained from commenting on news of the deal, which was reported last week by The Guardian, a British newspaper. The move would fly in the face of the opinions of Germany and Spain, which wish to gradually phase out all nuclear plants for safety reasons, and generate electricity from renewable sources instead.

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Iberian power prices dip on weather, nuclear plant

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

MADRID, March 25 (Reuters) - Iberian power prices declined on Tuesday as temperatures rose after an unseasonable cold snap and a nuclear power plant came back on stream, traders said.

The 1,000-megawatt Trillo plant near Madrid was automatically disconnected from the national grid on Monday afternoon due to a sudden drop in power while water tanks were being cleaned.

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EDF may swap nuclear plants for Iberdrola stake-paper

Sunday, March 16, 2008

PARIS/MADRID, March 14 (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy has persuaded his Spanish counterpart to let EDF take a 15 to 18 percent stake in Spain's Iberdrola in exchange for control of some nuclear power plants in France, ABC newspaper reported.

Citing no sources, ABC said this solution would allow state-controlled EDF to gain a foot in Spain, and let Iberdrola add more nuclear power to its portfolio while Spain keeps the lid on building more nuclear plants at home.

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Spanish opposition would keep nuclear plants

Friday, February 22, 2008

MADRID, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Spain's opposition Popular Party, narrowly trailing the ruling Socialists before March elections, would prolong the working life of existing nuclear power stations but build no new ones, a spokesman said.

Although nuclear power is back on the table in many countries after years of unpopularity, neither of Spain's major parties is calling for new plants ahead of March 9 elections.
"Unless there is a different general consensus, which I doubt, we propose no new emplacement of nuclear plants," Jose Folgado, member of parliament and secretary of state for energy with the last Popular Party government, told Reuters.

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Spain nuclear lobby calls for 13 GW in new plants

Thursday, February 7, 2008

MADRID, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Spain needs to build at least 13,000 megawatts worth of nuclear plants to achieve a feasible power generation mix by 2030, according to a study released by the country's nuclear lobby on Thursday.

Spain's eight existing nuclear power reactors each produce about 1,000 MW of electricity, but new reactors being built in other countries are much bigger.

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Cofrentes nuclear power station shut down after fire

Thursday, August 2, 2007

The fire in a transformer was extinguished in an hour and safety measures worked correctly

The Nuclear power station at Cofrentes, Valencia, suffered a transformer fire on Thursday, which lead to the reactor being shut down.

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Greenpeace protest outside nuclear plant

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Activists chained themselves to the main entrance gate at the plant in Cáceres.

A Greenpeace protest outside the Almaraz nuclear plant in Cáceres on Thursday blocked the main access for a number of hours, as activists demanded that the Spanish government put in place its ‘promised plan to abandon nuclear energy.’

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Spanish government to sell abandoned nuclear plant sites

Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Spanish government plans to open tenders for purchase of land at three sites for nuclear power plants that never operated, a spokesman at the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Tourism said May 9. The plants fell victim to the country's 1984 nuclear construction moratorium.

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