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£7.4 million ventilation overhaul

Friday, January 18, 2008

NEI, 18 January 2008 - UK firm JGC Engineering and Technical Services has won a £7.4 million contract to replace an old ventilation network at the Dounreay nuclear plant in Scotland.

The old system, in the site’s fuel cycle area, is not up to modern standards and has been earmarked for upgrading for some time, partly due to radiological contamination.

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Power failure: What Britain should learn from Finland's nuclear saga

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

It was hailed as the template for all future reactors – but then they tried to build it.

The island of Olkiluoto, off Finland's west coast, seems like the perfect picture of Nordic serenity. Surrounded by the still, idyllic waters of the Gulf of Bothnia, it looks like an ideal spot for a peaceful retreat away from it all. Anyone wanting to visit the island has to travel down a long, lonely road, hugged tightly on each side by a thick forest of spruce and birch, and avoid the many elk that roam freely.

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Britain has "ambitious" nuclear plans -UK minister

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

PARIS, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Britain has ambitious plans for nuclear power expansion but it will not subsidise this development, UK Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks said on Tuesday.

Britain will let private utilities freely set up the country's energy mix, Wicks also said in a press briefing at the British Embassy.

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How the nuclear industry lost its power

Monday, January 14, 2008

Nuclear power is back on the agenda in Britain. If more nuclear stations are ordered, which is far from certain, it will mark a fresh start for an industry in which Britain once hoped to lead the world, but which was crippled by a series of misjudgments on the part of politicians, managers and investors.

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With Nuclear Rebirth Come New Worries

Sunday, January 13, 2008

By GEORGE JAHN, The Associated Press

VIENNA, Austria -- Global warming and rocketing oil prices are making nuclear power fashionable, drawing a once demonized industry out of the shadows of the Chernobyl disaster as a potential shining knight of clean energy.

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New generation of nuclear reactors promises ‘greener and safer’ energy

Friday, January 11, 2008

Mark Henderson, Science Editor

Energy companies building the next generation of nuclear power stations will choose between four models, the manufacturers of which have already applied to have their designs approved for use in Britain.

The four reactor types were all accepted into a “prelicensing process” in July. This will assess their safety and efficiency before any orders are placed or sites chosen.

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Presenting nuclear as the grown-up option is deceptive and delaying

Friday, January 11, 2008

Faced with persistent cabinet and industry lobbying and professors bearing heavy statistics, MPs have simply caved in

Polly Toynbee, Friday January 11, 2008 The Guardian

Marking the new political year, Gordon Brown promised to take "the difficult long-term decisions, even if at times it may be easier to do simpler or less difficult things". Going nuclear is a big decision and a difficult one, but that doesn't necessarily make it the right one.

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France shows the nuclear way

Friday, January 11, 2008

By Peggy Hollinger in Paris

When Anne Lauvergeon took over France's nuclear group Cogema in 1999, one of her first acts was to install cameras in the fuel and waste treatment chambers of La Hague, France's highly sensitive reprocessing site on the north coast.

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New nuclear plants get go-ahead

Thursday, January 10, 2008

A new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK has been given formal backing by the government.

Business Secretary John Hutton told MPs they would give a "safe and affordable" way of securing the UK's future energy supplies while fighting climate change.

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UK nuclear power: The contenders

Thursday, January 10, 2008

A new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK has been given the formal go-ahead by the government.

Ministers have invited energy companies to submit plans to build new nuclear plants, which will replace the ageing fleet that currently provides about 18% of the UK's electricity.

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