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Friday, June 11, 2010

WarNewsUpdates: Did China Sell Nuclear Missile Technology To Saudi Arabia?

WarNewsUpdates: Did China Sell Nuclear Missile Technology To Saudi Arabia? http://warnewsupdates.blogspot.com/2010/06/did-china-sell-nuclear-missile.html
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Saudi study for a vision of nuclear from World Nuclear News by Jeremy Gordon

Saudi study for a vision of nuclear
from World Nuclear News by Jeremy Gordon

A draft renewable and nuclear strategy for Saudia Arabia is to be prepared by the Pöyry consultancy firm. The company said is had been chosen by the KA-CARE organisation, responsible for the future King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, to "help prepare a draft of the national vision and high-level strategy in the area of nuclear and renewable energy applications." This would include details on "strategy, operating model, key short and longer term priorities, immediate initiatives and an action plan." Pöyry said nuclear and renewables will be "key future technologies" in a balance of non-fossil generation as Saudi Arabia's energy needs grow.

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/IT_Saudi_study_for_a_vision_of_nuclear_1106102.html

Saudi Arabia awards nuclear-consulting contract to Poyry

Saudi Arabia awards nuclear-consulting contract to Poyry
Finland-based Poyry secured a deal to provide advice to Saudi Arabia on nuclear and renewable-energy consumption. The company will develop a long-term policy that contains tips on what type of regulatory bodies the country needs and what international nuclear pacts should be followed, said Poyry official Philipp Elkuch. Reuters

Russia, Ukraine sign nuclear-cooperation deal

* Russia, Ukraine sign nuclear-cooperation deal
Russia has forged a deal to help build two reactors at Ukraine's Khmelnytskiy Nuclear Power Plant. Under the terms, Russia will fund the design and commissioning of the units, said Sergei Kiriyenko, general director of state-run Rosatom. Platts

America’s nuclear future must involve the public By: Iain Murray

America’s nuclear future must involve the public
By: Iain Murray
Special to the Examiner

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/Examiner-Opinion-Zone/Americas-nuclear-future-must-involve-the-public-96075909.html#ixzz0qYiHen00

Thursday, June 10, 2010

GE, Hitachi seek global expansion of nuclear energy operations

GE, Hitachi seek global expansion of nuclear energy operations
Hitachi and General Electric will jointly set up five operating bases around the world to sell their nuclear energy expertise. The companies intend to forge partnerships with governments and local companies. Nikkei Business Publications

Graham completes break with Kerry climate plan, backs Lugar energy bill with no emissions cap

Graham supports energy proposal with no limits on emissions
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Wednesday announced his support of an energy bill authored by Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., which would not impose mandatory caps on greenhouse-gas emissions. "Senator Lugar has found a way forward that I think will be attractive to the business community, to Democrats and Republicans alike," Graham said. Lugar's bill also includes larger loan guarantees for new nuclear projects, as well as federal aid for industrial energy-efficiency improvements. The Hill/E2 Wire blog

A Call to Triple U.S. Spending on Energy Research By JOHN M. BRODER



A Call to Triple U.S. Spending on Energy Research
By JOHN M. BRODER

Asia Is On The Brink Of Nuclear Proliferation from War News Updates by Bookyards

Asia Is On The Brink Of Nuclear Proliferation
from War News Updates by Bookyards
China’s DF-31A ICBM. Photo from China-Defense-Mashup

Grappling With Nuclear Asia -- Richard Weitz, The Diplomat

The latest NPT review had interesting implications for Asia's nuclear security. But securing binding agreements was tough.

Last month saw the conclusion of the eighth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (otherwise known as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty or NPT) in New York City. Membership in the NPT is virtually universal. At present, it has 189 states parties—more than any other disarmament treaty—with only 4 countries recognized by the United Nations that are not members. But this broad tent makes significant progress extremely difficult.

Read more ....http://warnewsupdates.blogspot.com/2010/06/asia-is-on-brink-of-nuclear.html

Enforcing nuclear proliferation safeguards in this part of the world is very difficult at best, impossible at the worse. It is a good summary on what is happening in the region, and the problems that are going to arise as these states continue with their nuclear weapon's programs.

UN slaps fourth set of sanctions on Iran

UN slaps fourth set of sanctions on Iran
United Nations (AFP) June 9, 2010 - World powers on Wednesday slapped new military and financial sanctions on Iran aiming to rein in its suspect nuclear program, but stressed that the door remains open for talks. A US-drafted resolution was adopted by 12 votes in favor in the 15-member Security Council, with Lebanon abstaining and Brazil and Turkey voting against. Though swiftly hailed by the United States, Britain and Fra ... more
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/UN_slaps_fourth_set_of_sanctions_on_Iran_999.html

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Russia to help Iran operate first nuclear plant, official says

Russia to help Iran operate first nuclear plant, official says
Russia has formed a joint venture with Iran to operate its first nuclear facility, said Sergei Kiriyenko, head of Russia's state-run nuclear power company. The plant could start running by the end of summer, he added. Google/Agence France-Presse (6/8)

Report: U.S., France urge Japan to sign nuclear deal with India

* Report: U.S., France urge Japan to sign nuclear deal with India
The U.S. and France called on Japan to finalize a civilian nuclear pact with India so that General Electric and Areva could use Japanese technologies for Indian nuclear projects. Japan refused to sign a deal with India because it is not part of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, according to a report. Reuters

Kerry: Senate climate bill has broader support than House version

Kerry: Senate climate bill has broader support than House version
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said that the climate-and-energy bill he co-wrote with Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., has attracted more support than last year's House-approved legislation. In an interview shown on PBS's "Charlie Rose" on Monday night, Kerry said that the Senate proposal has gained a "new coalition" of supporters that include faith-based communities, the nuclear industry and utilities. The Hill/E2 Wire blog

Expert: Nuclear is our safest, cleanest energy source

Expert: Nuclear is our safest, cleanest energy source
Nuclear is the safest, cleanest and potentially the most abundant energy source we have, according to Art Crino, an expert in power-generation technology. Yet, the government continues "to waste taxpayers' money on wind, solar" and other renewable-energy resources that cannot reliably provide affordable power without subsidies, Crino said. The New American

Oasis Near Death Valley Fed By Ancient Aquifer Under Nevada Test Site

Oasis Near Death Valley Fed By Ancient Aquifer Under Nevada Test Site
Provo UT (SPX) Jun 09, 2010 - Every minute, 10,000 gallons of water mysteriously gush out of the desert floor at a place called Ash Meadows, an oasis that is home to 24 plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. A new Brigham Young University study indicates that the water arriving at Ash Meadows is completing a 15,000-year journey, flowing slowly underground from what is now the Nevada Test Site. ... more

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Oasis_Near_Death_Valley_Fed_By_Ancient_Aquifer_Under_Nevada_Test_Site_999.html

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

EU probes Areva, Siemens civil nuclear deal

EU probes Areva, Siemens civil nuclear deal
Brussels (AFP) June 2, 2010 - European competition regulators announced on Wednesday they are probing the terms of a deal between French and German nuclear giants Areva and Siemens. The European Commission is investigating whether "non-compete clauses... in the field of civil nuclear technology may be in violation of European Union antitrust rules," according to a statement. Areva and Siemens came together in this ar ... more
http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/EU_probes_Areva_Siemens_civil_nuclear_deal_999.html

UN atomic watchdog meets on Iran as new sanctions loom

UN atomic watchdog meets on Iran as new sanctions loom
Vienna (AFP) June 7, 2010 - Iran's controversial nuclear drive tops the agenda at a week-long meeting of the UN atomic watchdog starting here Monday as world powers are poised to slap new sanctions on Tehran. The International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-member board of governors was scheduled to convene at 10:30 am (0830 GMT) for a heavy agenda, focussing not only on Iran and Syria, but also wider discussions on nuclear ... more

Iran's Ahmadinejad to visit China to discuss sanctions

Iran's Ahmadinejad to visit China to discuss sanctions
Tehran (AFP) June 7, 2010 - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is heading to China this week to discuss the threat of new UN sanctions over Iran's nuclear programme, as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said world powers have the necessary votes at the Security Council. Ahmadinejad will be attending Expo Shanghai 2010, but will also meet top Chinese officials to discuss Iran's nuclear programme, the threat of sanctions ... more

Evidence points to Myanmar nuclear program

Evidence points to Myanmar nuclear program
Bangkok (UPI) Jun 7, 2010 - Myanmar's military dictatorship is working on nuclear weapons, a report by a Norway human rights and democracy group claims. The evidence from Myanmar, formerly called Burma, is analyzed in a 30-page report by a former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Robert Kelley, and published on the Web site of the non-profit Democratic Voice of Burma. Myanmar is likely min ... more