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British Energy Profit Falls on Nuclear Reactor Halts

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- British Energy Group Plc, the U.K.'s biggest power producer, said fiscal third-quarter profit fell 18 percent, weighed down by the cost of unscheduled reactor shutdowns and lower electricity prices.

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Speed of construction is key to choice of nuclear reactors

Monday, February 11, 2008

The speed with which new nuclear power plants can be built will be key to the decision on which atomic reactor designs are selected for use in the UK, according to the Government.

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British Energy plans more nuclear plant stoppages

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

LONDON, Feb 4 (Reuters) - British Energy will inspect three more reactors at its Hunterston B and Hinkley Point nuclear power stations later this year after stopping one unit over the weekend for boiler checks, a spokeswoman for the company said on Monday.

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Ministers' nuclear-free zone call

Monday, February 4, 2008

Ministers on both sides of the border are calling for the island of Ireland to be made a nuclear-free zone.

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Trawsfynydd’s future

Friday, February 1, 2008

Feb 1 2008 by Tom Simone, Daily Post

Radioactive waste – mostly caesium and cobalt, with traces of uranium – will be stored at Trawsfynydd until the government designates a national depository.

Although there are no definite plans for what to do with radioactive waste in the long term, a geological solution, where waste is buried, is favoured.

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Treasury set to reward nuclear sell-off boss for raising £8bn in BNFL disposals

Friday, February 1, 2008

The Times, January 31, 2008
The man responsible for raising £8.3 billion for the Treasury by selling off some of the country's most controversial assets is poised to receive a bonus of £766,200 for successfully winding up British Nuclear Fuels.
Mike Parker, chief executive of BNFL, which used to own Westinghouse, the nuclear reactor maker, as well as Sellafield, could receive the bonus before the end of the financial year, The Times has learnt.

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Canada sets bad example with Chalk River reactor: British magazine, expert

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Canada's decision to restart the nuclear reactor at Chalk River, Ont., has prompted stinging criticism in Britain that Ottawa is setting a poor example for other countries.

The British magazine "New Scientist" says Canada is "sending out a dangerous message over nuclear safeguards."

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Britain 'facing energy shortfall'

Monday, January 28, 2008

By Richard Black
Environment correspondent, BBC News website

Britain is likely to face a shortfall in electricity generation within five to seven years, a report concludes. Energy and environment consultancy firm Inenco says that the number of nuclear and coal plants coming out of service over the period makes shortages likely.

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Torness-2 nuclear plant restarts

Thursday, January 24, 2008

LONDON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - British Energy's Torness-2 nuclear reactor restarted early on Thursday after tripping on Tuesday due to a faulty reading, a spokeswoman for the company said.

The 625-megawatt power plant stopped unexpectedly on Tuesday after an apparent problem in the boiler area of the power station in Scotland.

"There wasn't actually anything wrong with the plant," the spokeswoman said. "It was a spurious reading."

British Energy's nuclear plants can produce up to one fifth of Britain's power when they are all fully operational. (Reporting by Daniel Fineren)

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Scots vote reinforces anti-nuclear position

Friday, January 18, 2008

18 January 2008

Members of the Scottish Parliament yesterday voted against new nuclear plants, reinforcing the stated anti-nuclear position of the SNP government.

Some 63 members voted in favour of the anti-nuclear motion, 58 were against and there were two abstentions.

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