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Recycling and Reusing Saves £15 Million

Savings of around £15 million have been achieved by teams across the NDA estate using an online database to re-use and recycle redundant equipment.

Among the items transferred from one site to another are pumps, cranes, forklift trucks, tractors, blocks of lead, boilers, radiation detectors, breathing apparatus, office equipment, robotic equipment, a snow plough – and more.

The NDA Asset Transfer Scheme (NATS) was launched 8 years ago by NDA for sites to advertise unwanted items, or seek redundant equipment from other sites. Many items are in good condition but no longer needed at a site as progress is made in decommissioning programmes. Other sites can benefit from the equipment if they are at a different stage in decommissioning or undertaking similar projects. NATS is available to all Site Licence Companies with the main aim of reducing costs and waste.

The principle of recycling assets across the estate has now been enshrined in SLC contract specifications. Before buying new, procurement teams seek to acquire goods from other sites first. On-the-ground teams, meanwhile, advertise redundant equipment for a specified period, before following their usual disposal processes, which prioritise the most cost-effective options.

Martin Grey, the NDA’s Engineering Manager (Assurance), said:
“One site has accumulated £1.9 million of benefits in the first few months of 2015 by avoiding the costs of buying new equipment, and by transferring surplus kit to other sites. Another site acquired 50 tonnes of lead that will be used for shielding. These kinds of transactions are taking place across the estate regularly. They deliver huge all-round benefits not just in cost terms but also in encouraging a more sustainable approach to asset use.”

One of the larger exchanges was Dounreay’s super-compactor, which was acquired brand new from AWE where it was surplus to requirements and is now in use to crush drums of Low Level Waste which will disposed of in the site’s new vaults for LLW. The site’s own machine had suffered a major mechanical failure in 2011 and a backlog of 11,000 drums built up before the replacement was found.

The latest version of the Asset Transfer Scheme is being extended to include transport assets for our subsidiary, INS.

Source: Nuclear Matters

Renewable energy overtakes nuclear as Scotland’s top power source

Dawn over Whitlee wind farm on Eaglesham Moor just south of Glasgow, Europe's largest onshore wind farm
Photograph: Global Warming Images/REX/Global Warming Images/REX

 

Analysis by the trade body Scottish Renewables shows that renewables produced nearly one third more power than nuclear, coal or gas in the first six months of the year, generating a record 10.4 terawatt hours (TWh) during the six-month period.

The analysis was compiled by comparing Energy Trends data produced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) on renewable energy output with figures produced by National Grid on coal, gas and nuclear power.

Many renewable energy sources do not feed into the National Grid, and instead are part of a local distribution network, meaning it is difficult for National Grid to compare how renewables are fairing compared to traditional sources of energy.

Read the full article here http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/27/renewable-energy-overtakes-nuclear-as-scotlands-top-power-source

Source: The Guardian

Nuclear News Round Up (14th – 17th Apr 14)

Japan approves energy plan backing nuclear power

Japan approves energy plan backing nuclear power

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament during the 68th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on 26 September, 2013 in New York City
Mr Abe wants Japan’s idled nuclear reactors to be switched back on
The Japanese government has approved an energy plan that backs the use of nuclear power, despite public anxiety after the Fukushima disaster.

The plan reverses an earlier decision to phase out nuclear power by a previous government.

It will set the stage for the government to restart some reactors, all of which are currently idled.

The move comes days after the first Fukushima evacuees returned to their homes inside the exclusion zone.

“We aim to opt for an energy supply system which is realistic, pragmatic and well balanced,” Japanese Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters.

Under the plan, the government would proceed with reactivating nuclear power plants that had met tough regulatory standards, Kyodo News agency reported, while also working to reduce nuclear dependence as much as possible.

The plan did not specify Japan’s future energy mix, but promised to increase its reliance on renewable energy.

Many in Japan distrust the government’s assurances that nuclear power is safe

The opposition Democratic Party of Japan, which was in power during the time of the 2011 tsunami and earthquake that triggered the Fukushima nuclear disaster, had promised to phase out nuclear power.

Until the Fukushima crisis, Japan had relied on nuclear energy for about 30% of its energy needs.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was elected in December 2012, has spent several months persuading lawmakers to back his stance.

The move is likely to prove unpopular with a wary public.

Source: BBC News

UK firm to build $240m waste-to-energy plant in Barbados

UK firm to build $240m waste-to-energy plant in Barbados

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An energy firm based in Guernsey has signed an agreement to build and operate a waste-to-energy plant in Barbados.

Cahill Energy expects to invest up to $240 million (£144.9m) in the facility which could provide up to 25% of the island’s electricity needs while reducing the cost of energy.

The project – which could create up to 650 jobs – will have the capability of transforming 650 tonnes of solid waste every day into clean, renewable energy.

The Government of Barbados has set a target of replacing 29% of its oil-based electricity by renewable and alternative energy sources by 2029.

Read more here http://www.energylivenews.com/2014/03/19/uk-firm-to-build-240m-waste-to-energy-plant-in-barbados/?utm_source=feedly&utm_reader=feedly&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=uk-firm-to-build-240m-waste-to-energy-plant-in-barbados

Source: Energy Live News

Labour vows not to renegotiate EDF nuclear power station deal

Labour vows not to renegotiate EDF nuclear power station deal

Shadow energy chief Caroline Flint rules out reworking controversial £16bn deal for building Hinkley Point C plant.
Hinkley Point nuclear power station

Hinkley Point B nuclear power station, near Bridgwater: EDF plans to build Hinkley Point C on the site. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Labour will not renegotiate the contract with the French-owned EDFEnergy that will deliver Britain’s first new nuclear power station in a generation despite concerns over the price paid for the electricity it will produce, the shadow energy secretary, Caroline Flint, has said.

Flint said a future Labour government would not revisit the contract to build the £16bn Hinkley Point C power station in Somerset despite criticism over the so-called “strike price” for electricity produced at the plant.

Britain will pay £92.50 per MW hour for electricity produced at the plant. Flint said this was still cheaper than other forms of renewable energy.

She said the powerful public accounts committee in the Commons would “look at the details” of the deal to build the power station, which will begin operating in 2023. She added that Labour’s reforms to the energy market would provide clarity in future negotiations.

Asked on BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show if Labour would revisit the deal, Flint said: “No. We’re supporting the contract because we believe in the long run that actually it’s important, we hope that actually this is the first of many new nuclear builds and actually as we go forward the cost will come down.

“But it’s important to recognise that when you look at the unit cost of electricity generated by nuclear it actually works out cheaper than other forms of renewable energy.”

She went on: “It’s not, I think, helpful for governments coming in, if you like, to say ‘we’re going to renegotiate all contracts’. I don’t think that’s right.

“Down the road, obviously, the public accounts committee will look at the details of this, but I do believe nuclear is right and I do think it’s important to get the price right.

“Actually, going back to our reforms, an electricity pool will actually give governments of the future, hopefully a Labour one, much clearer ideas about what the reference price should be.”

Source: The Guardian

DONG Energy picks Vestas to supply turbines for UK project

DONG Energy picks Vestas to supply turbines for UK project

DONG Energy picks Vestas to supply turbines for UK project

Danish manufacturer Vestas has been chosen by DONG Energy to supply turbines for an extension of a wind farm in Liverpool Bay.

The Burbo Bank offshore wind farm currently consists of 25 turbines, with a total capacity of 90MW and an expected annual output of 315 million kWh. The extension will add 258MW, generating enough clean electricity to power up to 170,000 households. Vestas will supply its 8MW turbines (pictured) which follows an agreement in 2012 that the two firms would co-operate on the testing of the prototypes.

Read the full article here http://www.energylivenews.com/2014/02/18/dong-energy-picks-vestas-to-supply-turbines-for-uk-project/

Source: http://www.energylivenews.com/