Anglesey’s Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant plans on display

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Horizon Nuclear Power says its proposed Wylfa Newydd power plant will employ more than 1,000 people once it begins working in the first half of the 2020s.

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

Horizon is a subsidiary of Hitachi which bought the site in 2012 for around £700m.

Hitachi has opted to build a smaller plant, deciding to construct two reactors – called Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWR) – instead of three.

Up to 6,000 jobs are expected to be created in the construction phase.

Horizon says the community consultation is a major step in the planning process.

Horizon’s chief operating officer, Alan Raymant, said: “This is a big step forward for a project that will contribute to the future prosperity of north Wales for many years to come.


“Not only will it provide direct job opportunities, it will also build and support an extensive local supply chain and inspire the region’s young people.”

Phi Steele, treasurer of the lobby group Pawb, said the plans would be a “hard read” for the average visitor to the exhibition.

He said: “We know that people on the island have very real concerns about basic question.

“The main concerns the danger from nuclear waste, the security of the site and, of course, the economy – i don’t just mean the local economy, which is a major concern, but the wider economy. This is a very expensive technology we’re talking about.

“And also the question of evacuating the island in the event of an emergency is one thing that comes to mind.”

A delegation from four campaigning groups opposed to the new plant, including Pawb, is flying out to Japan later this week deliver an anti-nuclear message to Hitachi.

Members of Pawb, Greenpeace, CND Cymru and Cymeithas Yr Iaith on the trip will visit the city of Tomioka, which had to be abandoned after the nuclear reactor explosions at Daiichi in Fukushima in 2011.

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Dates and venues of proposals exhibition

Fri 3 Oct, Cemaes Village Hall, High Street, Cemaes 14:00-18:00

Wed 8 Oct, Llanfachraeth Village Hall, Llanfachraeth 14:00-18:00

Thurs 9 Oct, Ucheldre Centre, Mill Bank, Holyhead 14:00-18:00

Fri 10 Oct, Rhosneigr Library, High Street, Rhosneigr 14:00-18:00

Sat 11 Oct, The Coach House, The Bull Hotel, Bulkely Square, Llangefni 10:00-15:-00

Wed 29 Oct, War Memorial Community Centre, Water Street, Menai Bridge 14:00-18:00

Thurs, 30 Oct, Llandudno Town Hall, Lloyd St, Llandudno 14:00-18:00

Fri 31 Oct, Celtic Royal Hotel, Bangor Street, Caernarfon 14:00-18:00

Sat 1 Nov, Penrhyn Hall, Ffordd Gwynedd, Bangor 10:00-15:00

Thurs 20 Nov, Wylfa Sports and Social Club, Tyn y Maes, Cemaes Bay 14:00-18:00

Fri 21 Nov, Amlwch Agewell Centre, Memorial Hall, 18 Market Street, Amlwch 14:00-18:00

Source: BBC News


UK pledges £8m to train new nuclear engineeers

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The UK Government has pledged to invest £8 million to train the next generation of engineers and technicians for the nuclear industry.

Business Secretary Vince Cable made the funding announcement, which builds on the Government’s Nuclear Industrial Strategy – aimed at making sure Britain can benefit from the £930 million being invested in the sector in the next two decades.

The scheme will fund 320 apprenticeships, with 50 new ‘Electrical, Control and Instrumentation’ programme and another 270 for nuclear supply chain companies.

It will also pay for 100 traineeships for 16 to 19 year-olds, 60 summer school places – aimed at engineering undergraduates – and 720 STEM workshop places – a two-day course aimed at school years 10 and 11 to give them an insight into engineering and construction careers.

Read the full article here

Source: Energy Live News

Hinkley nuclear power plant recommended for approval

View of Hinkley Point C with Hinkley Point A and B in the background
The European Commission has investigated whether the power price deal broke EU subsidy rules
Plans to build a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset have been recommended for approval following a European Commission investigation.

Since December, the commission has been examining whether funding for the £16bn plant, to be built by developers EDF Energy, broke state aid rules.

Hinkley Point C would be the first new nuclear power station to be built in Britain since 1995.

Anti-nuclear campaigners have called the commission’s decision a “U-turn”.

Antoine Colombani, commission spokesman for competition and for vice-president Joaquin Almunia, said: “Our discussions with the UK authorities have led to an agreement.

‘Vital project’

“On this basis, vice-president Almunia will propose to the college of commissioners to take a positive decision in this case. In principle a decision should be taken within this mandate.”

A spokesman for EDF said the recommendation was “another positive step forward for this vital project”.

“Hinkley Point C is an important project which will deliver Europe-wide objectives, offering the prospect of reliable, secure and low-carbon electricity for many decades to come as well as boosting jobs and skills.”

Andrea Carta from Greenpeace said: “If competition commissioner Almunia has backed state aid for Hinkley, it risks a backroom deal prevailing over the rule of law.

“Only a year ago the Commission said that Hinkley was ‘in principle incompatible under EU state aid rules’.

‘Controversial decision’

“Now, under pressure from the UK government and French nuclear operator EDF, the commission is preparing to perform a U-turn.

“European commissioners should oppose the plan and resist rushing through a controversial and far-reaching decision in the dying weeks of this commission.”

Gary Smith of the GMB union said: “We lobbied the commission to move ahead on this important project for the UK economy, so we are very pleased at this latest development and look forward to the recommendation being accepted.”

The recommendation must now be approved by the commission’s College of Commissioners in the next few weeks.

A final decision is expected in October.

Source: BBC News

Hitachi Opens European Nuclear Research Centre

Hitachi is to open the European Nuclear Research Centre (ENRC) in the UK.

The centre will open on September 30 and will co-ordinate Hitachi’s nuclear research activities in Europe as well as provide “additional resources to facilitate the development of safe and efficient nuclear power technologies based on advanced plant maintenance technology and proven decommissioning techniques in Europe”.


Hitachi will utilize the new base to conduct joint research with UK and European universities to bring together the leading technologies developed in Europe and Hitachi’s Boiling Water Reactor technology.

It will work on developing “safer and more efficient nuclear power technologies, including technology to reduce the level of radiation exposure to plant personnel, and technology to raise plant utilization”

Hitachi will also undertake R&D on reducing the volume of waste and lowering the cost of decommissioning.

The opening of the centre comes as the UK hopes to launch a renaissance of nuclear power. Eight sites are earmarked for new reactors, with the first – Hinkley Point C- awaiting the outcome of an EU State Aid probe before operator EDF makes the final investment decision to go ahead.

Hitachi hopes to build new reactors at Wylfa in Wales and Oldbury in England.

Since April, Hitachi has been collaborating with the University of Manchester on technology to reduce the level of radiation exposure in annual inspection.

Source: Power Engineering International

Hinkley Point nuclear plant ‘to get EU state aid approval’

Britain’s first new nuclear plant in a generation set to be approved, according to reports

Nuclear industry at risk over ministers' dithering, experts warn

The site of EDF Energy’s proposed Hinkley Point C power station in Somerset Photo: Alamy

Plans to build Britain’s first new nuclear plant in a generation at Hinkley Point in Somerset are likely to gain EU state aid approval within weeks, according to reports.

The European Commission has been examining the proposed £16bn project since December amid concerns the UK has offered developer EDF Energy excessively generous subsidies.

UK energy consumers could pay the French company and its partners as much as £17.6bn in subsidies over a 30-year period, under the terms of the Government’s deal, the EC said in January. It warned this could be unnecessary and may constitute illegal state aid.

But after months of deliberation regulators are now set to approve the project, Reuters reported, citing several unnamed sources.

An approval would come in the context of heightened fears over Europe’s energy security in the wake of the Ukraine crisis and Russian threats to cut off gas supplies to Europe.

“We can expect some resolution (approval) in the next couple of weeks. The intention is to move forward,” said one of the sources.

Joaquin Almunia, the outgoing EU Competition Commissioner, is expected to make a recommendation to his colleagues ahead of a formal decision.

However, Reuters also reported sources saying that while the recommendation would be positive, it would come with “a number of conditions”, and that regulators were still awaiting further information from the UK before taking their decision.

EDF and the Government have been locked in talks to try to thrash out key details of the funding arrangements in time for Mr Almunia to take a ruling before he steps down at the end of October.

Headline subsidy terms were agreed to much fanfare last October but EDF and the Treasury remained in negotiations over the summer over the details of a £10bn loan guarantee.

An investment decision on the project, once targeted for December 2012, has been repeatedly delayed.

Failure to gain state aid approval from Mr Almunia would see approval further delayed until well into next year when a new Commission is in place.

If the details are resolved and state aid approval is granted, EDF will still need to finalise deals with Chinese state-backed nuclear firms who are expected to take significant stakes in the project, before taking a final investment decision.

Under the subsidy deal, EDF and its partners in the project will be guaranteed a price of £92.50 – twice the current market price of electricity – for each megawatt-hour of power that the reactors generate over a 35-year period.

The UK argues that the project would not take place without the subsidies and fears that if Hinkley does not go ahead it will destroy investor confidence, resulting in “a complete lack of investment in new nuclear plants”.

Source: Telegraph

Sizewell B simulator upgrade

The simulator of the Sizewell B plant in the UK is being upgraded and additional training devices installed under a contract awarded to L-3 MAPPS by EDF Energy.

Sizewell B simulator 460 (L-3 MAPPS)
The control room simulator at Sizewell B (Image: L-3 MAPPS)

Through the contract – the value of which has not disclosed – L-3 MAPPS will rehost Sizewell B’s simulation software using its Orchid simulation environment. The reactor core model will be upgraded to provide a higher-fidelity model. The simulator’s containment model will also be upgraded.

The enhanced simulator will be equipped with new cameras and microphones to enable training exercises to be recorded and played back so that plant operator actions and communication skills can be studied. The upgraded simulator will also feature a sound system used to generate control room sounds depending on the simulator scenario.

The Canadian company will also supply six classroom simulators to be used by reactor operators and other plant workers to become familiar with the plant control room and its operation. These simulators can be used independently or together depending on training needs. L-3 MAPPS will also supply four touch-screen trainers, allowing plant technicians to interact with simulated local panels that are coupled with the simulation.

The project to upgrade the simulator of Sizewell B is already underway and expected to be completed by mid-2015. The plant, which started up in 1995, is currently the UK’s only operating pressurized water reactor.

Source: World Nuclear News

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