The nuclear option

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Gordon Brown has committed Britain to a nuclear future, but can a new generation of reactors shed their murky, costly image in time to solve the looming energy crisis?

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Lack of engineers puts government's nuclear power ambitions at risk

Monday, June 23, 2008

Government plans for a new generation of nuclear power stations risk delays after warnings by its own inspectors that no decision can be made on reactor designs because of a shortage of skilled engineers.

Delays in receiving documentation from various parties and the difficulties of talking to overseas regulators and receiving final reactor designs are referred to in a letter from Mike Weightman, chief inspector at the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII), to the Department for Business Enterpriseand Regulatory Reform.

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Areva seeks leading role in UK nuclear

Monday, June 9, 2008

Areva, the French nuclear reactor manufacturer, aims to dominate the next wave of UK nuclear power generation after receiving government assurances that its goal of supplying the technology for all the nation’s new reactors would not breach competition rules.

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The reality of France's aggressive nuclear power push

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

* Developing countries that have expressed interest in French nuclear power technology can't implement it anytime soon.
* A French-led global nuclear power renaissance is problematic, since the country's nonproliferation record is poor.
* French nuclear reactors aren't as safe as its promoters claim.
* Nuclear power provides only a small portion of total French energy consumption.

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Power Company Could Pay for Nuclear Reactor Delays

Monday, June 2, 2008

The French nuclear power company Areva could end up paying billions of euros to compensate for delays in the Olkiluoto nuclear power project.

A report in the online financial publication Capital said that Areva could pay the power generation company Teollisuuden Voima up to 2.2 billion euros. The publication based its report on information from confidential sources. Areva refutes the claims.

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EDF ordered to halt work on reactor

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

France’s nuclear safety watchdog has ordered EDF to halt work temporarily at its flagship new generation nuclear power station after finding that the French electricity giant had failed to address deficiencies in quality controls.

The Nuclear Safety Authority, charged with inspecting France’s 59 reactors, said on Tuesday that it had detected anomalies in the reinforcement of concrete for the 1,600MW EPR reactor being built at Flamanville in northern France.

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Areva denies report it may have to pay TVO 2.2 bln eur for nuclear plant delays

Thursday, May 22, 2008

PARIS (Thomson Financial) - Nuclear power plant maker Areva denied a report on the website of the French business magazine Capital that it may be obliged to pay 2.2 billion euros in penalties to Finnish power generator TVO for delays in the construction of the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear plant.

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EDF faces challenge over nuclear technology

Saturday, May 17, 2008

EDF, the French utility, could face a legal challenge over the technology it has decided to use in building Britain’s latest generation of power stations.

EDF announced last May that it planned to employ Areva, the French nuclear energy group, but its decision, which was made without giving rival reactor manufacturers an opportunity to bid for the contract, could be illegal under European law, according to Ros Kellaway, partner and head of EU competition law in Eversheds.

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France launches international wing of nuclear agency

Thursday, May 8, 2008

PARIS, May 7 (Reuters) - The French cabinet passed a decree on Wednesday allowing the country's Atomic Energy Commission to promote French nuclear expertise and safety standards globally.

The Commission's new international division will help other countries build nuclear power stations safely and without harming the environment, while ensuring the technology is not used for weapons, the government said in a statement.

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EDF's Flamanville nuclear plant site has 'shortcomings' - report

Saturday, April 12, 2008

PARIS (Thomson Financial) - France's nuclear safety authority identified 'shortcomings' during an inspection in March of the Flamanville site where Bouygues is building a new nuclear power plant for EDF, Les Echos reported.

The authority criticised Bouygues for bad preparation of a concreting operation and asked EDF to supervise the work more closely, according to the business daily.

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