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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Nuclear news 16/01/2008

Power failure: What Britain should learn from Finland's nuclear saga

The island of Olkiluoto, off Finland's west coast, seems like the perfect picture of Nordic serenity. Surrounded by the still, idyllic waters of the Gulf of Bothnia, it looks like an ideal spot for a peaceful retreat away from it all. Anyone wanting to visit the island has to travel down a long, lonely road, hugged tightly on each side by a thick forest of spruce and birch, and avoid the many elk that roam freely.
Yet many people have increasingly been paying close attention to this remote corner of Northern Europe – and not because of the scenery. At the end of this winding road, masked by such dense forest, is a building project that first became a national saga, and now has international resonance. For the island is home to the problem-plagued construction of Olkiluoto 3, the first nuclear reactor built in Western Europe for more than a decade.

China: Ningde nuke power plant planned
China Daily

The first phase of the planned Ningde nuclear power project in eastern China's Fujian Province is currently undergoing evaluation, and the results will be reported to the country's top economic planner soon for approval, the People's Daily's Web site reported. The National Development and Reform Commission has entrusted China International Engineering Consulting Corporation (CIECC) to evaluate the project report.
The Ningde nuclear power project, with a designed installed capacity of six million kilowatts, will be located on the three islands in Beiwan Village of Fuding City, away from residential areas.

Russia says 'nothing prevented' Kudankulam atomic power deal
The Hindu

Russia has said that "nothing prevented" it from going ahead with the sale of four reactors to India for Kudankulam atomic power plant within the framework of their current international obligations and was ready to sign the deal whenever it suited New Delhi.
"Nothing prevented Russia and India from signing a four-reactor accord within the framework of their international obligations," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said avoiding a question whether it could be signed during Russian Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov's New Delhi visit next month.

ANALYSIS-Japan nuclear power plant on long road to recovery

The world's biggest nuclear power plant, shut down following an earthquake in Japan six months ago, will probably remain closed far longer than expected, hurting profits and increasing oil demand for operator TEPCO.
Tokyo Electric Power Co, Asia's biggest utility, is unlikely to get clearance to reopen its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in northwest Japan before the second quarter of 2009, analysts and market sources now say, long past the mid-2008 target first mooted in the aftermath of the July 16 quake.

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