FIVE NOTABLE DEVELOPMENTS IN NUCLEAR THIS WEEK
1. Toshiba announced its intention to wind-up NuGen
The decision puts the Moorside project at risk. It comes after talks to sell NuGen to Korea Electric Power Corp (Kepco) fell apart earlier this year.
The Japanese firm said it would start the process in January 2019
(NuGeneration Limited, 8 November 2018, link)
2. THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION CALLED ON GOVERNMENT TO FACILITATE A NEW NUCLEAR POWER STATION ON THE MOORSIDE SITE
Commenting on Toshiba’s announcement, Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the NIA said:
‘The Moorside site in Cumbria remains a site designated by Government for nuclear new build and has huge local support. It is therefore vital Government facilitates the build of new nuclear on the site for the sake of the energy security of the UK and for the local economy in Cumbria.
‘With all but one of the UK’s nuclear power plant due to come offline before 2030, there’s an urgent need for new nuclear to be built quickly, and the Moorside site has a key role to play in this.’
(Nuclear Industry Association, NIA responds to Toshiba’s decision to win-up NuGen, 8 November 2018, link)
3. UNIONS CRITICISED THE GOVERNMENT FOR ITS ROLE IN THE COLLAPSE OF THE MOORSIDE PROJECT
Both GMB and Unite called for the Government to step in to save the nuclear power station project.
Arguing the case for jobs and energy security, the unions pressed the need for a new nuclear project on the site.
(GMB, 8 November 2018, link)
(Unite, 8 November 2018, link)
4. THE DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS, ENERGY AND INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY TESTED PUBLIC AWARENESS OF SMALL MODULAR REACTORS
16 per cent of people said they had heard of Small Modular Reactors in the latest wave of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Public Attitudes Tracker.
The poll from September 2018 was the first time the question had been asked.
(Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Public Attitudes Tracker, 8 November 2018, link)
5. SELLAFIELD LTD PUBLISHED ITS Q3 UPDATE ON ITS PARTICLES IN THE ENVIRONMENT ANNUAL REPORT
This report sets out the progress on areas monitored for the third quarter of 2018.
(Sellafield Ltd, 8 November 2018, link)
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