Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. Nuclear Energy News .




CIVIL NUCLEAR
Europe's nuclear plants need 25-bln-euro upgrade
by Staff Writers
Brussels (AFP) Oct 02, 2012


From missing seismic devices to insufficient emergency systems, Europe's nuclear power plants face hundreds of problems requiring billions in new investment, a European Union report said Tuesday.

EU-sponsored stress tests conducted on 134 reactors point to a myriad of potential safety hazards, notably in Britain, France and Spain, according to a report obtained by AFP. But it does not go as far as recommending the closure of a single plant.

In the report, the European Commission estimates the cost of improving nuclear safety across the continent "in the order of 10-25 billion euros" ($13-$32 billion), and wants all upgrades to be closely monitored and then finalised by 2015.

The report is to be officially released by Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger on Thursday.

The recommendations, which will be put to European Union leaders for approval at an October 18-19 summit, are based on stress tests carried out on the heels of Japan's Fukushima disaster in March 2011.

With 111 European reactors located in built-up areas -- with more than 100,000 people living within 30 kilometres -- "the EU must learn the lessons of Fukushima to further reduce the risk of nuclear incidents in Europe," the report says.

The 25-page document was drafted with the participation of the 14 EU nations that operate nuclear power plants, as well as Lithuania, Switzerland, Ukraine and Croatia. The tests simulated safety in case of floods, earthquakes and airplane crashes when "normal safety and cooling functions" are shut down.

A separate study looking at the risk to a nuclear plant in the case of terror attacks is also under way.

On the basis of the stress tests, "practically all nuclear power plants need to undergo improvements as hundreds of technical upgrade measures have been identified," it said, lamenting that measures agreed after the accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl are "still pending in some member states."

It notably cited the case of 10 reactors where on-site seismic instrumentation has yet to be installed. In some 50 others seismic instruments needed to be upgraded.

The presence -- and state -- of quake measuring instruments was one of 11 key requirements identified by nuclear experts.

The 19 power plants assessed in France, Europe's largest nuclear nation, were given poor marks on five to seven of those chapters, notably for lacking safety equipment in the case of severe flooding or a severe quake.

The French plants however are equipped with hydrogen "recombiners" to prevent hydrogen explosions. This is not the case in 10 British plants and in five of the six Spanish ones.

The 12 German plants on the other hand were slammed for failing to fully implement "severe accident management guidelines".

And two power plants in Finland and Sweden were criticised for having no automatic backup safety system in the event of a power cut.

But in a first response Greens MEP Yannick Jadot said the tests did not go far enough.

He called for a far wider inquiry into "the threat of fire, explosions, a plane crash, malicious behaviour, human error, a plane crash or a combination of several of these."

.


Related Links
Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Science, Nuclear Technology
Powering The World in the 21st Century at Energy-Daily.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





CIVIL NUCLEAR
EU vows 'no complacency' on nuclear plant defects
Brussels (AFP) Oct 01, 2012
The European Commission vowed Monday there would be "no complacency" when it comes to nuclear safety in Europe despite "hundreds of defects" revealed by stress tests especially in France. "Our stress test was strict, serious and transparent," European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said in a statement, after German daily Die Welt published what it said were figures from a repor ... read more


CIVIL NUCLEAR
Napiergrass: A Potential Biofuel Crop for the Sunny Southeast

Most biofuels are not green

New Uses for Old Tools Could Boost Biodiesel Output

World's first biofuel jet flight to take off in Canada

CIVIL NUCLEAR
New efficiency record for photovoltaic cells - thanks to heterojunction

Trina Solar Roadshow puts Installers on Fast Track

SolarAid and SunFunder Launch New Crowdfunding Project to Finance Solar Lighting in Zambia

KYOCERA Solar Modules Tested to Show Only Minimal Power Output Degradation After 20 Years in the Field

CIVIL NUCLEAR
EU wind power capacity reaches 100GW

Lawsuit fights Obama ban on wind farm sale to Chinese

US bars China wind farm deal on security grounds

Wind power faces tax credit uncertainty

CIVIL NUCLEAR
French supermarket takes to water to cut carbon footprint

Lightning sparks mass power cut in Azerbaijan: official

LADWP Approves Environmental Study of New Transmission Project to Access Renewable Energy

US Electricity Generation Wastes Huge Amounts Of Water

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Chinese ships enter disputed waters: Japan

Volcano power plan gets U.S. go-ahead

Glum Chinese data sinks oil prices

Time bomb: Military ordnance in Gulf poses threat to shipping

CIVIL NUCLEAR
The Magnetic Wakes of Pulsar Planets

Stagnant Interiors Suppress Chances of Life on Super-Earths

Meteors Might Add Methane to Exoplanet Atmospheres

Two 'hot Jupiters' found in star cluster: NASA

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Lockheed Martin-Led Team's Second Littoral Combat Ship Commissioned by US Navy

Brazil's sub project boosts local industry

China's Liaoning carrier enters service

Fueling the Fleet, Navy Looks to the Seas

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Near Possible Target for Use of Arm Instruments

Rock Grinding Action

Learning to live on Mars

Mars Rover Opportunity Working at 'Matijevic Hill'




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement