Developers of a new £10bn nuclear power station on Anglesey have unveiled a more compact design.Horizon Nuclear Power has launched a third formal consultation on its Wylfa Newydd plans, including 17 public meetings and drop-ins. The main power station would take up a smaller area, with more buildings shared between the twin reactors.Horizon hopes to submit a planning application, known as a development consent order, later this year.It also confirmed an accommodation campus for temporary staff would be located at the construction site near Cemaes.Developers had been in long-running discussions with Land and Lakes, the firm behind a £120m holiday village proposal, over accommodating temporary staff at their Cae Glas and Kingsland locations.Instead, it has proposed a single "carefully managed" campus for construction workers on site, with about 2,500 beds and the capacity for 4,000.It will include leisure, shopping and health facilities to ease the burden on public services.But … [Read more...] about Wylfa Newydd: Anglesey nuclear power station to be smaller
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A new study will look at whether a third Menai Strait crossing could also carry power cables from a planned new nuclear power station.The Welsh Government wants to combine plans for a £135m road crossing with National Grid's proposals for its own power link to Wylfa Newydd.The new study will examine whether a combined scheme would deliver value for money.Opposition parties welcome the idea, but said ministers must act swiftly.There are currently two Menai Strait crossings - the Menai Bridge, which was built by Thomas Telford in the 1820s, and Robert Stephenson's Britannia Bridge, which was opened to carry rail traffic in 1850 but was rebuilt in the 20th century to also carry road traffic.Last year, options for a new crossing - which would aim to reduce congestion - were put to the public.National Grid senior project manager Gareth Williams said such a scheme could present challenges in terms of "construction programme, cost and technical delivery."He added: "We'll continue to move … [Read more...] about Third Menai crossing study to look at adding power cables
A tunnel under the Menai Strait, which will contain cables linking Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station to the National Grid, is set to cost £100m and take up to five years to complete.Last year, National Grid said it would use underground cables instead of pylons between Anglesey and the mainland in Gwynedd. It said this would protect the Menai Strait's natural beauty.The tunnel will be based on a network of power tunnels in central London.Plans to connect Wylfa Newydd at Cemaes Bay to a substation at Pentir, Gwynedd, have been controversial, with campaigners concerned about the impact of pylons.Aled Rowlands, external affairs manager for National Grid, said: "We are going to be using the same type of technology [that we are using under the River Thames] to go underneath the Menai."When we've listened to local people and to those specialist bodies, they've asked us to preserve the natural beauty that's already there."This option is more expensive than just putting cables across the … [Read more...] about Wylfa Newydd: Power tunnel under Menai Strait to cost £100m
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said the BRICS summit in Brasilia this week was like a meeting of old friends. Indeed, the collected leaders do share a common gender and age group: The presidents of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are all over 60. But the leaders were hard pressed to find any more in common at their most recent meeting. Criticizing the US — but not too loudly The summit's final communique expressed agreement in fostering multilateralism, rejecting protectionism and increasing trade within the bloc. Each point was an indirect criticism of US President Donald Trump — but only indirect, as Brazil's right-wing president is a big Trump fan and the US is also a strategic trading partner for India. The situation illustrates the fact that conflicts of interest are increasing within the bloc at the same time as the importance of the economic collaboration between these fast-growing developing economies has begun to wane. Watch video 01:35 … [Read more...] about BRICS — Still an alternative power bloc?
A glut of oil, the demise of Opec and weakening global demand combined to make 2015 the year of crashing oil prices. The cost of crude fell to levels not seen for 11 years – and the decline may have further to go. There have been four sharp increases in the price of oil in the past four decades – in 1973, 1979, 1990 and 2008 – and each has led to a global recession. By that measure, a lower oil price should be positive for the world economy, with lower fuel costs for consumers and businesses in those countries that import crude outweighing the losses to producing nations. But the evidence since oil prices started falling from their peak of $115 a barrel in August 2014 has not supported that thesis – or not yet. Oil producers have certainly felt the impact of the lower prices on their growth rates, their trade figures and their public finances butthere has been no surge in consumer spending or business investment elsewhere. Economist still reckon there will be a … [Read more...] about Recession, retrenchment, revolution? Impact of low crude prices on oil powers