Tuesday, 5 February 2013

I don't want to be foreboding...but....

Centrica have had cold feet over UK nuclear power, another firm that's decided  nuclear is too expensive to develop - do you think they maybe have a point? - See Centrica pulls out of new UK nuclear projects

And as we know Cumbria have had cold feet over burial of nuclear waste, and it seems we could have a bit of a problem...if we don't find somewhere we can keep the radioactive waste safe for a very long time. See: No nuclear storage = no Wylfa B?

So I think there's a possibility that Wylfa B might not be built, you know the thing that was going to transform the island...put us on a firmer footing, all them jobs etc etc

I hope therefore someone is actually thinking of a Plan B.. C.. D ....E just in case Wylfa B never happens... if Hitachi cant find the investors, or anyone in fact to run Horizon after they have built the power station - 'cause they've already said they don't want to run it in the long term.

 You know if Wylfa B doesn't get built what happens then?


MH said...

I'd like to pick up on your comment that Hitachi don't want to run Wylfa B in the long term. When did they say this, and do you have a link?

When their interest in developing Wylfa B was announced last October their president, Hiroaki Nakanishi, was reported:

"Today starts our 100-year commitment to the UK and its vision to achieve a long term, secure, low carbon and affordable energy supply."

Rhys Williams said...

Hi MH see my previous post http://angleseytelegraph.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/wylfa-b-we-been-here-before.html

“As it is deemed difficult for Hitachi alone to prepare funds for constructing the power stations, we want to solicit investors,” he said, according to the online version of the Nikkei newspaper.

“It will depend on whether Hitachi can develop it into an attractive company,” he said, adding his company would not itself get involved in power generation.

MH said...

Thanks, I was unaware of that. I suppose the question now is how to square the idea of a hundred-year commitment with the idea that they only want to be involved with the construction of nuclear power stations rather than running them.

Perhaps he was being cautiously prudent, thinking that it might take a hundred years to get them built.