Spanish-led power consortium won the bidding to buy 470 acres of land
put up for sale by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority around Sellafield. A deal was sealed
yesterday between Her Majesty's
Government and the winning consortium,
Iberdrola (Spain), GDF SUEZ (France), and Scottish and Southern Energy.
Nutters Club Jump The Gun
Greenpeace is threatening to take legal action against
E.ON and other nuclear companies for rushing ahead with plans to build new
reactors before they have got the proper planning consents following reports that
preparatory bore holes will start being drilled on 3rd August at Oldbury in
EDF is also thought to be considering similar work at
Hinkley in Somerset. Greenpeace points out we are still waiting for the
final national policy statement on nuclear, the finalised “justification”
report and the assessment of reactor designs by the Nuclear Installations
Greenpeace has asked the government to ensure that no work goes ahead unless
and until it has been formally permitted. (1)
E.ON denied it was jumping the gun: “We will do nothing
of a serious nature until the government gives the green light. This is just
preparatory seismic work to make sure the ground is suitable. We are not
preparing the foundations or anything like that”. (1) Guardian 27th July 2009
E.ON has awarded Hydrock Group Ltd a preliminary ground investigation
contract, involving the drilling of some 22 boreholes with work due to start
on 3 August 2009. (2)
(2) Nuclear Engineering International 21st July 2009
165 British Nuclear
Accidents Since 2001!
in Parliament SNP energy spokesperson Mike Weir lamented the fact that there
have been 83 escapes of coolant from reactors
and 82 fires since 2001.
Six fires and nine
leaks have happened in the last six months.
One of the nuclear sites with
the most incidents was Hunterston in North Ayrshire, which recorded 24.
There were also eight fires or leaks at Torness in East Lothian, seven at
Dounreay in Caithness and one at the Rosyth naval dockyard in Fife.
“This catalogue of fires and leaks is extremely
disturbing, and the obvious fear is what could have happened if any one of
these incidents had not been detected in time.
paints a very unsettling picture about the state these installations are in,
and how they are operating. I have now written to the Health and Safety
Executive’s Nuclear Directorate asking them to investigate whether current
safeguards are adequate.”
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