Anglesey’s Wylfa Newydd nuclear power consultation starts soon

The existing Wylfa plant on Anglesey

Japanese firm Hitachi took over the nuclear power plant project in 2012

Plans for a new nuclear power station on Anglesey are due to go out for community consultation.

Bosses behind the £8bn Wylfa Newydd power plant say it is the first time people will be able to view the proposals for Wylfa Newydd in detail.

The current Wylfa power station will close in 2015 at the latest, after beginning operation in 1971.

Horizon Nuclear Power say the community consultation is a major step in the planning process.

People will be able to access information online, at a series of public exhibitions and at libraries across north Wales from Monday 29 September.

Horizon chief operating officer Alan Raymant said: “Wylfa Newydd is a major investment in the region and brings with it a wide range of benefits, from the economic to the educational, so we want to encourage people to take the time to get involved and understand what the project means for them, for the local area, and for Wales and the UK more widely.”

Source: BBC News

Wylfa nuclear public consultation set out


The Wylfa nuclear power station on October 30, 2012. Copyright: Christopher Furlong/Thinkstock

People can now have their say on plans for the construction of a new nuclear power station in Wales.

Horizon Nuclear Power has set up a 10-week consultation period, starting on 29th September, for the proposed Wylfa Newydd power station on Anglesey, which would have a minimum generating capacity of up to 2.7GW.

The company believes the consultation is a major step in the planning process and is the first time people will be able to view its proposals in detail.

Alan Raymant, CEO at Horizon said: “Wylfa Newydd is a major investment in the region and brings with it a wide range of benefits, from the economic to the educational, so we want to encourage people to take the time to get involved and understand what the project means for them, for the local area and for Wales and the UK more widely.”

The current Wylfa power station, which started operation in 1971, is expected to close later this year.

Source: Energy Live News

Steps forward for new gas plants by Carlton power

Two new gas power plants in the UK took another step forward this week as developer Carlton Power assigned contractors for building.

The Stokesley, North Yorkshire firm Carlton Power signed an agreement with US engineers GE, Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas, UK and Irish firm Ferrovial Agroman.

GE will build the Trafford Power project near Manchester, while Carlton Power has bought GE’s interest in the 1500 megawatt (MW) Thorpe Marsh gas-fired power station project near Doncaster.

Thorpe Marsh is the site of a former coal plant and the gas version was given consent by the Department of Energy & Climate Change in 2011.

The pair of plants are expected to be ready by 2018/19 and will be bid into DECC’s Capacity Market Auction – meant to make sure there is enough baseload power in the UK – scheduled for December 2014.

Keith Clarke, Managing Director of Carlton Power said: “With the Energy Act now passed and DECC’s desire to see new independent players in the UK generation market, we have confidence in the Capacity Market arrangements and so, as long as there are no unexpected changes, we will bid both projects into the Auction.”

Source: Energy Live News

£2.8m for better transport links to nuclear power plant

Artist's impression of Hinkley Point C. Copyright: EDF Energy
Artist’s impression of Hinkley Point C. Copyright: EDF Energy

The Government is providing funding worth £2.8 million to improve transport links to the UK’s first nuclear power station in more than 20 years.

The Hinkley Point C power plant in Somerset, being built by EDF Energy, will include two reactors which will be capable of generating 3.2GW of electricity. That’s enough to power nearly six million homes or an area twice the size of London.

The cash will be used to improve connections between railway and the power station and local bus services, for a cycle route linking Bridgwater to Hinkley Point as well as fixing potholes and general roads maintenance.

Read more here

Source: Energy Live News

NuGen moves forward with on-site assessment work

NuGen this week re-commenced site assessment work as the company continues to move forward with plans for its Moorside project in West Cumbria.

NuGen logo


The company, which announced a change in ownership in June, with Toshiba partnering GDF Suez in the joint venture, re-started assessment work on the 200-hectare site aimed at giving technical experts in-depth feedback on the land’s key characteristics.

The Moorside site, to the immediate north and West of the Sellafield complex, will see a series of site assessments including geophysical surveys, archaeological age-dating and some borehole drilling work, through 2014 and 2015.

The work will help NuGen’s technical team draw-up detailed plans for site lay-out for the planned three Westinghouse AP1000 reactors, which will make the Moorside project the biggest single nuclear project in Europe.

Relevant planning permissions are in place, and NuGen is committed to work with safety, care for the environment, and partnership with local neighbours as key principles for the site assessment programme.

NuGen’s Chief Executive, Sandy Rupprecht, said the work would go largely unnoticed – but that care would be taken to ensure environmental impacts were kept to a minimum.

“We are delighted to be back on site to carry out these technical surveys and assessments. We will work hard to keep our stakeholders informed, and we have already held briefing sessions with our nearest neighbours.”

“This is an exciting phase of NuGen’s Moorside project, and the work carried out here will be vital in establishing the final layout for what will be the biggest new nuclear development in Europe.”

Source: Nugeneration

ABB bags $800m order for Scottish power link

Copyright: ABB
Copyright: ABB

Engineering giant ABB has won an order worth $800 million (£496m) for a subsea power line to connect the grids on either side of the Moray Firth in Scotland.

The Switzerland-based firm will design, engineer, supply and commission the Caithness-Moray transmission link, which is scheduled to come into operation in 2018.

The subsea cable will be capable of carrying up to 1,200MW of electricity – equivalent to the power needs of around two million homes – between Caithness and Moray.

The deal with SSE’s network arm Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission comes after energy regulator Ofgem ruled there was a need for the power link.

Claudio Facchin, Head of ABB’s Power Systems division said: “We are pleased to support this major transmission project that will enable integration of a significant amount of renewable energy into the grid and supply clean, emission-free electricity to millions of people.”

It is said to be the largest investment in north Scotland’s electricity network since the hydro development era of the 1950s.

Source: Energy Live News

Tender for construction of Spain waste store

Spain’s decommissioning firm Enresa has launched a tender for the contract to carry out the main civil construction works at the planned national high-level waste storage facility in central Spain.

Villar de Canas

How the Villar de Cañasfacility could look (Image: Enresa)

Enresa said that the purpose of the tender is the procurement of the main civil works for the main nuclear facilities and some auxiliary buildings located both within and outside of the so-called ‘protected area’. The scope of the work to be carried out under the contract includes construction of the used fuel and waste reception building, processing buildings, phases 1 and 2 of the storage modules, a storage container warehouse and a waste container maintenance workshop. It also includes the construction of used fuel and radioactive material laboratory, radioactive waste treatment facility and other ancillary buildings.

The maximum value of the contract will be €218 million ($283 million), Enresa said, adding that interested companies have until 27 October to submit bids. The contract is expected to be awarded on 1 February 2015.

Work on the centralized temporary storage facility will begin once a municipal building permit has been obtained, as well as a construction licence from the ministry of industry, energy and tourism. Construction of all the main civil works is expected to take 58 months to complete.

The small town of Villar de Cañas in central Cuenca province was officially selected as the location of the storage facility in December 2011. Thirteen other localities had also declared individual interest at the end of 2009 in hosting the facility.

The facility at Villar de Cañas will accept transport casks of used nuclear fuel assemblies or vitrified wastes that are currently stored at each of Spain’s nuclear power plants. These items will be removed and placed in smaller containers for placement in a dry store cooled by the passive circulation of air. The facility will provide storage for some 12,816 cubic metres of waste for 60 years, by which time a repository for permanent disposal should be available. The Spanish facility is modelled on the successful HABOG plant that fulfils the same role in the Netherlands.

Source: World Nuclear News