UK grants first nuclear site licence for 25 years

The UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation today granted the first new site licence for a nuclear power station in Britain for 25 years.

The licence has been granted to NNB Generation Company, a subsidiary of EDF (Euronext: EDF), which wants to build a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
Hinkley Point
The granting of the licence comes after more than three years work by the ONR, in which it assessed NNB GenCo’s suitability, capability and competence to hold a nuclear site licence.

The UK’s chief nuclear inspector Mike Weightman said today: “Although a significant step, it is important to note that granting a nuclear site licence does not constitute permission to start construction of nuclear safety-related plant. That requires permission from ONR, permits from the Environment Agency and planning consent from the Secretary of State.”

He explained that NNB GenCo “will now be required to comply with 36 conditions attached to a nuclear site licence. These conditions provide ONR with the necessary regulatory powers to ensure the protection of people and society from the hazards associated with such nuclear power generation.”

NNB GenCo wants to build two UK European Pressurised Water Reactors (EPR) at Hinkley Point C.

The announcement today comes as Hitachi also confirmed it had completed its purchase of the Horizon project, a company originally set up – and now sold by – RWE and E.ON to build new nuclear plants in the UK.

The two developments edge Britain a step closer to a much-heralded nuclear renaissance, which many major players in UK industry claim is much needed.

At a nuclear conference last week, Gordon Waddington, president of civil nuclear at Rolls Royce, said there were “huge opportunities across the whole supply chain” if government and industry could relaunch nuclear new build in the UK, but warned: “We cannot expect a free ride. We have to compete on an international stage.”

Norman Haste, executive director of nuclear new build at construction firm Laing O’Rourke, said the UK had “allowed its nuclear skills to dissipate.”

However he said a nuclear revival would in turn create a UK skills revival, which if nurtured could result in those skills being exported across Europe and wider.

Nuclear power in the UK received a further boost last week when details on the government’s long-awaited Energy Bill – which will be published in full this week – were leaked, revealing that nuclear will get a share of a £7.6bn pot of money for low-carbon generation brought in by utilities via energy tariffs.

For more nuclear power news

     

 

Share
     

Follow Power Engineering International on Twitter




Editor's Picks

Kangdong Thermal Power Plant

Coal-fired power plant under construction in North Korea

The North Korean government is attempting to address its chronic power shortage problems through the construction of a coa...
Sigmar Gabriel and Angela Merkel

German energy minister denies plan to shut down coal power plants

German Energy and Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel responded to speculation regarding Germany’s coal industry to s...
Peterhead

Gas-fired power plant failure threatens UK capacity margin

Peterhead power plant’s unexpected failure to fire last week has placed Britain’s ability to avoid power blackouts under f...
Yuriy Prodan

Ukrainian energy security exposed as Russia suspends coal supply

Just 12 days after Ukraine’s energy minister admitted his country would have to rely on Russian coal to make it through th...
Johan Sandberg

Securing the future of offshore wind: steps to reducing the cost of energy

Offshore wind as a source of energy is still unknown in many parts of the world. In other parts it is still a distant drea...

PEI Magazine Issues



>> Current Issue           >> Past Issues

Latest Wire News

Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited Liberia Update

Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited Liberia Update

American Leisure Holdings, Inc. Announces Letter of Intent to Acquire Wroblewski Oil and Gas Company

American Leisure Holdings, Inc. Announces Letter of Intent to Acquire Wroblewski Oil and Gas...

Blue Earth Completes $10 Million Private Placement

Blue Earth Completes $10 Million Private Placement

Energy Services Company ENSERVCO to Present at LD Micro Conference

Energy Services Company ENSERVCO to Present at LD Micro Conference

Philip Falcone Departs Harbinger Group Inc. and Will Continue to Advance HC2 Holdings, Inc.

Philip Falcone Departs Harbinger Group Inc. and Will Continue to Advance HC2 Holdings, Inc.


Editorial Guides

How to cut your OPEX

How to cut your OPEX In a constantly evolving electricity market, factors such as over capacity and low coal costs can pu...

Alstom Editorial Guide: Thailand to showcase latest upgrade of Alstom's GT26 in combined-cycle

Read all about Alstom's new advanced GT26 gas turbine in the North Bangkok CCPP expansion project online with the Power En...

PLEXOS® Integrated Energy Model – Leading the Field in Energy Market Modelling

PLEXOS® Integrated Energy Modelling is an advanced software tool that employs the latest mathematical programming methods ...

Buyers Guide Companies

Huggenberger AG

AVC Specialists Inc

POWERCON 900 electrostatic precipitator voltage controllers, RAPPERCON 9...

Standardkessel-Baumgarte Group

Founded more than 80 years ago, Standardkessel and Baumgarte are today a...

URS

URS plans, designs, engineers, constructs, retrofits, and maintains powe...

Mid America Engine Inc

Mid-America Engine is a distributor and reseller of new and used, diesel...

Moisttech

Dynamic Systems Inc

Barcode Tracking Includes: > Equipment & Tool > Inventory > ID Badge Sys...

EPG Enginuity Portable Grid

Enginuity Portable Grid (EPG) designs and manufactures unique rental gra...

M+M Turbinen-Technik GmbH

M+M Turbinen-Technik designs and manufactures steam turbines and package...

Paharpur USA

Manufactures water cooling towers, air cooled heat exchangers (fin fan c...

Buyers Guide Products

Spare parts manufacturing / Re-engineering / CNC / CMM / Machining / workshop service

CMM/laser scanning technology (workshop, r...

Steam turbine maintenance / overhaul / (blade) repair / outage management

Outage delivery/managementOn-site inspecti...

Gas turbine maintenance / overhaul / (blade) repair / outage management

Outage delivery/managementProject manageme...

Hydro turbine maintenance / repair / overhaul / rebuild service

Outage support in workshop/on-site Site i...

Inspection service (Nondestructive testing and evaluation)

Life time evaluationPhased array /Ultrason...

Transformer Oil Moisture Measurement Instruments

Vaisala offers a wide variety of online tr...

DPT145 Multiparameter Transmitter for SF6 Gas

DPT145 is a unique innovation that enables...

SNCR - NOxOUT and HERT

25-50% NOx reduction - Urea-based Customiz...

TIFI Targeted In-Furnace Injection

Improve Fuel Flexibility - Reduce Slagging...

ASCR Advanced SCR

80% + NOx Reduction - Lower Capital and Op...

Power Engineering International

Whitepapers

Understanding Moisture Dynamics in Power Transformers

In this webinar recording "Moisture Dynamics in Power Transformers" (held originally in September 23, 2014) you will have a chance to learn about the phenomena and its importance to your ...

How to lower your total cost of ownership on DC Control Power

In this whitepaper, we look at implementing battery management solutions and how smart battery management effectively lowers the total cost of DC Control power systems and the risk of their failure...

Portfolio Optimization by PLEXOS

To achieve Portfolio Optimization, PLEXOS performs the Security Constrained Unit Commitment and Economic Dispatch using Mixed Integer Programming (MIP) to minimize a cost function subject to all op...

Evaluating cogeneration for your facility: A look at the potential energy-efficiency, economic and environmental benefits

The energy-efficiency, economic and environmental benefits of cogeneration are the subject of this in-depth white paper. The paper argues that producing electricity and heat/cooling from the same f...

The Effect of Moisture on the Breakdown Voltage of Transformer Oil

Power transformers utilize oil as a heat transfer medium and a dielectric material, together with cellulose. Breakdown voltage (dielectric strength) is one of the most important parameters of trans...

Improving Mission Critical Cooling Systems With More Reliable Level Sensing

The choice of coolant level sensor may seem like an insignificant detail when designing complex machinery such as emergency generators and cranes, but if this sensor fails, the operator has no warn...

Steps Towards a Low Carbon Future: Solutions and Technologies That Will Support the Global Revolution Required

A smart grid is becoming more and more essential as clean energy becomes more dominant. In addition, the demand for electricity is expected to treble the ability to supply it over the next decade. ...

Latest Digital Edition

  Power
  Engineering
  International
Look Inside >
Cover
Current Issue

Article Archives for Power Engineering International Magazine

Latest Energy Jobs

View more Job Listings >>