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USA Nuclear Plants Shut Due To Flaws

It was announced recently that the troubled San Onofree nuclear plant in the US is to be shut permanently1. The plant has had a large number of problems and it has been reported that a leak at the plant was fixed using masking tapes and a broomsticks2. However, this is only one of the major […]

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The Economics of Nuclear Energy – British Energy History

I thought it would be good to have a look at the economics of nuclear power by having a look at the history of ‘British Energy’. If you want a general overview have a look at New Nuclear – The Economics Say No1. When the Central Electricity Board was privatised in the 1990s it was […]

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Financing Nuclear Build

I have been having a quick look at the cost of nuclear power compared with wind, solar, CHP etc. However, I have many problems many problems in the data used. So here are a few points that need to be taken into account. Interest During Construction If you are building a nuclear power station you […]

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French Nuclear Outages August 7th 2012

List of nuclear power plant outages in France as of 7th August 2012. Only 39 out of 58 French nuclear plants currently operating. UNIT NAME MW OUT RETURN Cruas-3 915 Aug. 4 — Paluel-2 1,330 Aug. 4 — Fessenheim-2 880 Aug. 4 — Blayais-2 910 Aug. 1 — Flamanville-1 1,330 July 21 — Cattenom-3 1,300 […]

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Rising Costs of Nuclear Build in USA and Canada

I wrote previously about the delays and increasing costs of Olkiluoto and Flamanville reactors in Europe. Things are not much better – or possibly even worse in the USA and Canada. There are 6 new plants under construction according to ‘World Nuclear’ every one of these is over budget and delayed. Repair of the Crystal […]

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The local Impact of Sizewell C and D on employment and the economy

Key Matters of Concern: At present it is not clear if Sizewell C&D or any other nuclear power station will be built in the UK. People are being encouraged to prepare for jobs that may never exist. EDF has claimed that ‘25,000 new jobs’ will be created through the new build at Sizewell. This figure […]

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Olkiluoto and Flamanville – More Defects

Concrete pouring has been suspended at Flamanville due to weld defects. Other parts made by the same manufacturer are now beind investigated. Despite the fact that it could take a year before pouring continues EdF claim that they are still on target for 2016 (original target was 2012)[1]. It is now known how much this […]

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UK R&D Expenditure on Energy

Just a quick look at the UKs R&D expenditure on energy. Not that exciting but I thought I would have a look. Data is taken from the International Energy Agency (http://www.iea.org/dbtw-wpd/Textbase/stats/rd.asp) Nuclear accounts for 65% of the R&D Expenditure since 1974. However, things have changed recently if we look at the expenditure per year: So […]

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Jobs – The Weakest Argument for Nuclear

Nuclear Jobs In Perspective The number of people employed on the construction site will vary over the lifetime of the project. Research by the CITB[1] suggest that even if all eight proposed plants go ahead then employment within the construction industry would peak at less than 17,000 over the UK. This is an increase of […]

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‘Slave Labour’ building nuclear plants

Two nuclear power plants of the type proposed for Hinkley and Sizewell are currently under construction. One of them is at Flamanville in France and the other at Olkiluoto in Finland. Both are over budget and suffering from long delays and it is not certain whether either of them will be completed. However, this post […]

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