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Monday, February 18, 2008

Nuclear news 18/02/2008

China starts building Fujian nuclear power plant

China on Monday started building the first nuclear power plant in southeastern Fujian province, the official People's Daily reported, quoting the Fujian Provincial Development and Reform Commission.
The first phase of the Ningde plant will have four reactors with 1 gigawatt (GW) of generating capacity each, and cost 51.2 billion yuan, the largest energy investment project in the province, the newspaper said.
Investors of the plant include Guangdong Nuclear Power Investment Co, Datang International Power Generation Co Ltd and Fujian Coal Group, it said, without detailing the stake each holds.

Indonesian nuke plant
The Jakarta Post

The idea of introducing nuclear power to Indonesia is nothing more than a vehicle for a few needy individuals to gain public attention.
Any moderately educated engineer will agree that Indonesia's need for electricity is widely decentralized so nuclear power or large coal power plants are the ideas of people lacking technical understanding.
It should be common knowledge that "the transmission of electricity over long distance comes with huge loss." There are very few countries in the world with better chances than Indonesia to realize enormous decentralized energy generation at low cost or even free for the country.
Indonesia has a potential 27,000 MW of geothermal sources requiring low investment of which currently only 837 MW are in use. Why? Because Pertamina, PLN and the government have not, over the past 30 years, managed to give the many waiting investors investment security.

Nuclear energy enjoys renaissance

Global warming and rocketing oil prices are making nuclear power fashionable, drawing a once demonized industry out of the shadows of the Chernobyl disaster as a potential shining knight of clean energy.Britain is the latest to recommit itself to the energy source, with its government announcing support Thursday for new nuclear power plants. Nuclear power plants produce around 20 percent of Britain's electricity, but all but one are due to close by 2023.However, some countries hopping on the nuclear bandwagon have abysmal safety records and corrupt ways that give many pause for thought.

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