Green Party politicians are “shocked” that Bristol is not on the list of authorities to be told of a nuclear emergency at Hinkley Point. Green MEP Molly Scott Cato and Bristol City Council Green Party leader, Eleanor Combley, have voiced concerns that the authority has been left out of a warning list by Somerset Council. Bristol City Council has said the city lies outside the “emergency planning zone” as determined by the Office for Nuclear Regulation and as such does not need to be informed. However, a spokesperson has told the Bristol Post that it has “a number of plans drawn up in case of a range of emergency situations”.
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EDF is currently reviewing the costs and schedule of Hinkley Point C. The firm confirmed the news just days after the head of the National Audit Office, Amyas Morse, described the nuclear new build project as “a high cost and risky deal” following an NAO report examining its costs. The NAO report revealing that value-for-money tests conducted in 2016 by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy showed the economic case for Hinkley Point C to be marginal and subject to significant uncertainty. It also outlined how less favourable – but reasonable – assumptions about future fossil fuel prices, renewables costs and follow-on nuclear projects indicated the deal was not value for money. At least until this review is published the future of Hinkley Point C and the wider UK nuclear new build programme once again seems unclear. However, as the Environment Analyst Business Summit 2017 heard from Hinkley C contractor Costain last week, enabling marine works are already well underway on site – including offshore, tunnelling and estuary activities – which have 21 environmental requirements to comply with. Costain’s head of procurement for the marine project, Lisa Willets, described collaborative efforts to minimise and mitigate ecological impacts, including the construction of a badger hotel, the regular watering of a rare species of seaweed (Coralline), and the project’s limited working hours designed to minimise impacts on waders.
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A £27m ‘cooling water intake screening system’ for Hinkley C will be designed and manufactured in the UK, it has been revealed. Ovivo Inc was awarded the major contract by EDF and the equipment will primarily be designed in Ovivo UK’s Colchester office and manufactured at various facilities over the next eight years.
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National Audit Office has warned the UK Government’s project to develop a new £18bn nuclear power station is “risky and expensive”. The spending watchdog said the economic case for Hinkley Point C was “marginal and subject to significant uncertainty” at the time the deal was finalised by ministers last September. The report said consumers are being “locked-in” to subsidising the Somerset development through their energy bills until 2030, despite the fact the cost of electricity will likely be cheaper by then.
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THE TEAM behind Cannington’s National College For Nuclear held a special topping out ceremony to celebrate the progress on the £10.5m scheme. Builders have historically held a ceremony once a building is watertight to wish is good luck. To this end Steve Rosewell from construction firm The Midas Group, Andy Berry, principal of Bridgwater and Taunton College laid a yew tree sprig within the building. The NCfN is dedicated to supporting the specialist training needs of the nuclear industry.
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