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Fears that oil exporters will control the next COP climate summit

Fears are growing among climate experts and campaigners over the influence
of fossil fuel producers on global climate talks, as a key Gulf petro-state
gears up to take control of the negotiations. The United Arab Emirates, one
of the world’s biggest oil exporters, will hold the presidency of Cop28,
the next round of UN climate talks that will begin in late November next
year. Decisions taken at the Cop27 climate summit in Egypt, which finished
on Sunday, showed the clear imprint of fossil fuel influence, according to
people inside the negotiations. They said Saudi Arabia – an ally of Egypt
outside the talks – played a key role in preventing a strong commitment
to limiting temperature increases to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. Many
countries, including the UK and the EU, were bitterly disappointed. Alok
Sharma, the UK president of last year’s Cop26 summit, said in visible
anger at the conclusion of Cop27 on Sunday morning: “Those of us who came
to Egypt to keep 1.5C alive, and to respect what every single one of us
agreed to in Glasgow, have had to fight relentlessly to hold the line.”

 Guardian 22nd Nov 2022

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/22/fears-over-oil-producers-influence-with-uae-as-next-host-of-cop-climate-talks

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November 22, 2022 Posted by | climate change, MIDDLE EAST | Leave a comment

Finland’s Fortum turns to U.S. in bid to replace Russian nuclear fuel

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/finlands-fortum-turns-us-bid-replace-russian-nuclear-fuel-2022-11-22/ HELSINKI, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Finnish power company Fortum (FORTUM.HE) on Tuesday said it was planning to begin buying nuclear fuel from U.S.-based Westinghouse Electric.

Fortum began looking to replace Russian fuel, which it has been using solely since 2008, last March as a response to Moscow’s war in Ukraine.

“The new and parallel fuel supplier will diversify our fuel strategy, improve security of supply and ensure reliable electricity production,” head of Loviisa power plant Sasu Valkamo said.

Fortum has applied for a licence to run its two plants in Finland until 2050, while the current fuel-supply agreements with TVEL, a subsidiary of Russian state-owned power company Rosatom, will run until 2027 and 2030, it said.

“A tendering process will be arranged for fuel supply for the new operating licence period,” the company said.

Fortum has also put its Russian assets up for sale.

November 22, 2022 Posted by | Finland, Uranium | Leave a comment

Threat of Possible Nuclear Accident at Zaporizhzhia Sends Tensions Rising

Recent shelling at the site resurrected worries over the possibility of a nuclear accident and increased the finger-pointing between Kyiv and Moscow.

By Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder, 22 Nov 22, The “period of relative calm” at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine has come to an abrupt end, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Renewed shelling over the weekend at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant resurrected worries over the possibility of a nuclear accident and increased the finger-pointing between Kyiv and Moscow at a time when both nations are struggling to gain an upper hand in the months-long war…………………………………… more https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2022-11-22/threat-of-possible-nuclear-accident-at-zaporizhzhia-sends-tensions-rising

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November 22, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Electricity production at Olkiluoto 3 reactor delayed until 2023.

Full-scale electricity production at Olkiluoto 3 reactor delayed until
2023. An investigation into damage to the reactor’s feedwater pumps will
take a number of weeks, with a knock on effect on the schedule for the
beginning of regular electricity production.

Finland’s newest nuclear reactor will remain offline longer than expected, announced its owner on
Monday, pushing back much-needed relief for electricity consumers. Nuclear
power utility Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) has announced that an investigation
into damage at the much-delayed Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor’s feedwater
pumps will continue for a number of weeks.

In a press statement, TVO said
that as a result of the ongoing investigation, the schedule for when
regular electricity production will begin at the reactor cannot currently
be estimated.

 YLE News 22nd Nov 2022

https://yle.fi/a/3-12679800

November 22, 2022 Posted by | Finland, safety | Leave a comment

Nuclear Industry Liability under the Paris Convention

 The Paris Convention on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear
Energy and the Brussels Convention supplementary to the Paris Convention
established a special legal regime in relation to the compensation payable
in the event of an accident involving a civil nuclear power installation or
the transportation of nuclear substances to and from that installation.


Unlike general tort law, which is based on fault or negligence, under the
convention, the plant operator or party involved in the transportation is
exclusively liable for damages in the event of an accident and is always
deemed to be liable, regardless of whether fault can be established.

These two conventions were amended by agreement between the contracting powers,
including the United Kingdom, on 17 December 2021. After 1 January 2022,
nuclear plant operators became liable to pay compensation of up to €700
million in the event of an accident.

This level of liability will be increased by €100 million in each of the next five years leading to an
ultimate maximum liability of €1.2 billion towards claims involving
‘personal injury or loss of life, economic loss, the cost of preventive
measures and of measures of reinstatement of impaired environment’.

 NFLA 21st Nov 2022

November 22, 2022 Posted by | legal, UK | Leave a comment