Chinese ‘plan for Bradwell reactor'

Chinese ‘plan for Bradwell reactor'

Chinese ‘plan for Bradwell reactor'

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CHINESE nuclear power giants want to build an atomic reactor at Bradwell, it has been claimed.

The site, home to the partly decommissioned Magnox power plant, has emerged as a favourite for a new Chinese-built and designed plant, according to a report in the Sunday Times.

Andy Blowers, chairman of the Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group, said: “We alerted people some months ago to the fact the Chinese were possibly eyeing up Bradwell.

“It could still be speculation as there have been discussions about other sites in the UK.”

He said the only thing which made it more than just a rumour was the fact the Chinese would like to build their own power plant or plants.

China General Nuclear Power Corporation and China National Nuclear Corporation have already agreed to help finance Britain’s first new atomic power plant for nearly 20 years.

It will be built by the utility company EDF at a cost of £16billion at Hinkley Point, in Somerset.

China General and China National also pushed for permission to build their own plant in Britain.

In June, Prime Minister David Cameron signed an agreement with the Chinese premier Li Keqiang which paved the way for such a plant.

In 2010, the Government identified eight sites where new plants could be built.

Industry sources have reportedly said an EDF development site adjacent to the plant at Bradwell, overlooking the Blackwater Estuary, had emerged as the leading contender in early talks.

Mr Blowers said in light of the speculation, he would write to the Government’s Head of New Nuclear Policy seeking clarification, as he felt the public needed to know what was happening at Bradwell.

Any development of a Chinesedesigned nuclear reactor on British shores is still years away.

The agreement between EDF and its partners to build the Hinkley Point reactor, which will take a decade to construct, still has to receive approval from Brussels.

EDF yesterday declined to comment.

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10:11pm Wed 27 Aug 14

bubbles1869 says...

Less talk just get on with it and build it oh yeah us british spend to long debateing rather than doing
Less talk just get on with it and build it oh yeah us british spend to long debateing rather than doing bubbles1869
  • Score: -2

10:22pm Wed 27 Aug 14

omgwtfbbq says...

China is the biggest cyber security threat to the usa and uk, if that turns to real war and they have control of our nuclear power plants, what's to stop them just pressing the self destruct button?
China is the biggest cyber security threat to the usa and uk, if that turns to real war and they have control of our nuclear power plants, what's to stop them just pressing the self destruct button? omgwtfbbq
  • Score: 1

11:06pm Wed 27 Aug 14

MerseaFisherman says...

The estuary of the River Blackwater has recently been designated as a Marine Area of Special Conservation MSAC and so has protected status from any development which may harm the MSAC. This is likely to include the cooling water intakes for any nuclear plant built at the Bradwell site and the resultant killing of fish and other marine life sucked into the cooling water system and then heated which could act like a giant vacuum cleaners sucking the life out of the estuary. For this and many other reasons this development should not be allowed and both Colchester BC and West Mersea TC have already taken this position.
The estuary of the River Blackwater has recently been designated as a Marine Area of Special Conservation MSAC and so has protected status from any development which may harm the MSAC. This is likely to include the cooling water intakes for any nuclear plant built at the Bradwell site and the resultant killing of fish and other marine life sucked into the cooling water system and then heated which could act like a giant vacuum cleaners sucking the life out of the estuary. For this and many other reasons this development should not be allowed and both Colchester BC and West Mersea TC have already taken this position. MerseaFisherman
  • Score: 10

9:07am Thu 28 Aug 14

totallyfootball says...

Why would we entertain foreign intervention in the UK, don't we have enough of that already? We are migrated to the hilt do we need more?
Why would we entertain foreign intervention in the UK, don't we have enough of that already? We are migrated to the hilt do we need more? totallyfootball
  • Score: 2

10:32am Thu 28 Aug 14

Davidmills says...

Would it not be better to either build a wind farm or solar farm on this site. we have enough Nuclear waste in this county from our own plants and what we take in from others do we really need anymore.
Would it not be better to either build a wind farm or solar farm on this site. we have enough Nuclear waste in this county from our own plants and what we take in from others do we really need anymore. Davidmills
  • Score: 4

11:46am Thu 28 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

Build these Plants in Scotland-they will need the income.
Build these Plants in Scotland-they will need the income. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 0

12:12pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

MerseaFisherman wrote:
The estuary of the River Blackwater has recently been designated as a Marine Area of Special Conservation MSAC and so has protected status from any development which may harm the MSAC. This is likely to include the cooling water intakes for any nuclear plant built at the Bradwell site and the resultant killing of fish and other marine life sucked into the cooling water system and then heated which could act like a giant vacuum cleaners sucking the life out of the estuary. For this and many other reasons this development should not be allowed and both Colchester BC and West Mersea TC have already taken this position.
100% agree.
The people of Mersea need the support of North Essex to stop this scheme-not just sit back a watch a disaster happen.
We need to clean up North Essex. The Scots need industry and income to support their tiny population and subsidised lifestyle-it makes sense to locate new Nuclear Plants there in remote locations.
[quote][p][bold]MerseaFisherman[/bold] wrote: The estuary of the River Blackwater has recently been designated as a Marine Area of Special Conservation MSAC and so has protected status from any development which may harm the MSAC. This is likely to include the cooling water intakes for any nuclear plant built at the Bradwell site and the resultant killing of fish and other marine life sucked into the cooling water system and then heated which could act like a giant vacuum cleaners sucking the life out of the estuary. For this and many other reasons this development should not be allowed and both Colchester BC and West Mersea TC have already taken this position.[/p][/quote]100% agree. The people of Mersea need the support of North Essex to stop this scheme-not just sit back a watch a disaster happen. We need to clean up North Essex. The Scots need industry and income to support their tiny population and subsidised lifestyle-it makes sense to locate new Nuclear Plants there in remote locations. Shrubendlad
  • Score: -1

4:23pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

Davidmills wrote:
Would it not be better to either build a wind farm or solar farm on this site. we have enough Nuclear waste in this county from our own plants and what we take in from others do we really need anymore.
Totally agree.
[quote][p][bold]Davidmills[/bold] wrote: Would it not be better to either build a wind farm or solar farm on this site. we have enough Nuclear waste in this county from our own plants and what we take in from others do we really need anymore.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 3

7:44pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Davidmills wrote:
Would it not be better to either build a wind farm or solar farm on this site. we have enough Nuclear waste in this county from our own plants and what we take in from others do we really need anymore.
David, there is some discussion on the actual overall carbon cost of wind and solar farms. Also the energy produced is quite small, just enough to get near our renewable target. If the nuclear reactors were built in Scotland the transmission losses would huge. The Chinese have done significant work on thorium reactors which have alleged advantages over conventional uranium systems - 1 ton of thorium produces the same energy as 200 tons of uranium, and 3500,000 tons of coal. Thorium produces minimal waste and is not a viable source of weapons material, whereas uranium was traditionally the choice of government because of the weapon useful by product - this overshadowed the horrendous waste problems. Look it up! thorium could be a safe source if safe energy, and its the most abundant nuclear fuel in the world.

The other advantage of the Chinese option would be some really super restaurants.
[quote][p][bold]Davidmills[/bold] wrote: Would it not be better to either build a wind farm or solar farm on this site. we have enough Nuclear waste in this county from our own plants and what we take in from others do we really need anymore.[/p][/quote]David, there is some discussion on the actual overall carbon cost of wind and solar farms. Also the energy produced is quite small, just enough to get near our renewable target. If the nuclear reactors were built in Scotland the transmission losses would huge. The Chinese have done significant work on thorium reactors which have alleged advantages over conventional uranium systems - 1 ton of thorium produces the same energy as 200 tons of uranium, and 3500,000 tons of coal. Thorium produces minimal waste and is not a viable source of weapons material, whereas uranium was traditionally the choice of government because of the weapon useful by product - this overshadowed the horrendous waste problems. Look it up! thorium could be a safe source if safe energy, and its the most abundant nuclear fuel in the world. The other advantage of the Chinese option would be some really super restaurants. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 2

2:48pm Thu 18 Sep 14

Dawn Tibble says...

China seems to be getting a lot of contracts deals here in the UK. HS2 for instance. While we still allow the development and investment into more nuclear, fracking or anything else toxic less interest will be given to the problem of global warming or encourage investment in renewable energy. WHilst nuclea, fracking and other toxic energy sources are given full backing and interest, mainly by those with vested interests in Government, it gives a false sense of importance of the real issues. There are plenty of countries who have embraced renewable energy and found it is working very well for them. Ironically china regains top spot for renewable energy investments. http://www.solarserv
er.com/solar-magazin
e/solar-news/current
/2014/kw38/ernst-you
ng-china-reclaims-th
e-top-spot-for-renew
able-energy-investme
nt-europe-and-the-us
-lose-ground-to-emer
ging-markets.html makes interesting reading. UK ranking is 7 and australia 10th. There is no doubt that the UK is taking risks with their tendency to take investments for new project just to make the economy look good. But lets see who is investing and what for. French firms investing in Fracking, currently banned in France, China investing in HS2, which seems a huge cost just to save 20 mins of your journey, and Nuclear, With China concentrating on renewable investments themselves. It is the policy makers that allow this and while we have many climate change deniers with vested interests making the decisions and signing deals more needs to be done to educate the public with the truth about Fracking and Nuclear and how renewables will benefit all for many generations, where other sources of energy have run out long before.
China seems to be getting a lot of contracts deals here in the UK. HS2 for instance. While we still allow the development and investment into more nuclear, fracking or anything else toxic less interest will be given to the problem of global warming or encourage investment in renewable energy. WHilst nuclea, fracking and other toxic energy sources are given full backing and interest, mainly by those with vested interests in Government, it gives a false sense of importance of the real issues. There are plenty of countries who have embraced renewable energy and found it is working very well for them. Ironically china regains top spot for renewable energy investments. http://www.solarserv er.com/solar-magazin e/solar-news/current /2014/kw38/ernst-you ng-china-reclaims-th e-top-spot-for-renew able-energy-investme nt-europe-and-the-us -lose-ground-to-emer ging-markets.html makes interesting reading. UK ranking is 7 and australia 10th. There is no doubt that the UK is taking risks with their tendency to take investments for new project just to make the economy look good. But lets see who is investing and what for. French firms investing in Fracking, currently banned in France, China investing in HS2, which seems a huge cost just to save 20 mins of your journey, and Nuclear, With China concentrating on renewable investments themselves. It is the policy makers that allow this and while we have many climate change deniers with vested interests making the decisions and signing deals more needs to be done to educate the public with the truth about Fracking and Nuclear and how renewables will benefit all for many generations, where other sources of energy have run out long before. Dawn Tibble
  • Score: 0
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