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Friday, January 11, 2008

Nuclear power gets the green light in Britain
EuroNews
To give up on nuclear power or give it a kickstart? That was the choice facing the British government. But it was really a decision made for them. Britain has a dozen nuclear power stations, all dating from the 1960s and '70s, and all showing their age. This decaying infrastructure is trying to handle ever- increasing demand.The ruling Labour Party once described nuclear power as the least-attractive energy option, but the rising cost of oil and new emissions squeezes have left ministers with little choice but to invest.Renewable energies like wind and solar power are promoted as the way forward. But the investment is seen as too costly and the return too meagre at the moment for it to be a viable alternative.

German Nuclear Industry Welcomes Britain's Atomic Renaissance
DW-World.de
Britain's decision to back a new generation of nuclear power plants has been welcomed by Germany's nuclear industry, which says the German government would do well to reconsider its commitment to a nuclear phase-out.
The German Atomic Forum, an association of companies, research facilities and institutions involved in the nuclear energy industry, has welcomed the British government's decision to back a new generation of nuclear power plants, calling it indicative of a trend that Germany would do well to follow.
"The fact is that, when it comes to nuclear energy, Germany is becoming ever more isolated," a spokesperson from the Atomic Forum told the Berliner Zeitung.

Four global giants vie to supply nuclear plants to Thailand
Bangkok Post
The world's four largest nuclear technology manufacturers have expressed interest in bidding for Thailand's proposed nuclear power project.
Toshiba and Mitsubishi from Japan, Areva from France and General Electric from the US have each contacted the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) about submitting proposals to build a new nuclear plant.
Thailand hopes to have four nuclear plants, each costing at least $1 billion, in operation by 2020-21. Vietnam and Indonesia are expected to have nuclear plants operational by the same time.

IAEA to re-inspect quake-hit Japan nuclear plant
Reuters
International Atomic Energy Agency experts will revisit an earthquake-hit Japanese nuclear plant, the world's largest, to check safety standards as part of efforts to restart the complex, the IAEA said on Friday.
The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant leaked low amounts of radiation -- below the maximum permitted under safety rules -- when a 6.8 magnitude quake struck on July 16, exceeding the worst seismic impact the plant had been designed to withstand.

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