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Canada Press Release:
Canada and the United Kingdom Strengthen Nuclear Cooperation
June 29, 2015
Natural Resources Canada
The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Kingdom (U.K.) on nuclear energy cooperation. This MOU will help position Canada’s nuclear industry to capture opportunities in the growing U.K. nuclear energy market.
The U.K. Nuclear Industrial Strategy calls for the construction of at least 12 new nuclear power plants to produce 16 gigawatts-electric by 2030 to replace its existing fleet and to help meet projected growth in demand. The MOU will provide benefits to a wide array of stakeholders in the nuclear energy industry in both Canada and the U.K., including small and medium-sized enterprises, by facilitating stronger industry-to-industry connections and encouraging collaborative work between laboratories and university research networks.
The MOU follows through on the commitment for increased cooperation in the field of nuclear energy that was highlighted in the updated 2014 Prime Ministerial Canada–U.K. Joint Declaration. The MOU was signed in London today by Canada’s High Commissioner to the U.K. and the Director of the Office for Nuclear Development in the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change.
The MOU will reinforce work already underway on feasibility studies related to the disposal of U.K. plutonium, and it will provide a framework to assess the development of power generation based on alternative nuclear fuels.
Canada’s nuclear energy industry accounts for 30,000 high-quality jobs and helps make Canada’s electricity supply among the cleanest in the world.
Nuclear power generates close to 15 percent of Canada’s electricity, including more than half the electricity supply in Ontario.
Nuclear energy production in Canada generates about $5 billion in annual revenues. And Canada’s uranium exports are valued at more than $1 million per year.
The U.K. has identified nuclear energy as an essential low-carbon emitting technology that will help it meet its CO2 emissions targets.
“We are creating opportunities for job creation and economic growth in Canada’s nuclear sector by opening new avenues for collaboration with the United Kingdom. The new cooperation announced today enhances our relationships and gives Canada’s nuclear industry improved access to growing opportunities in the U.K.’s nuclear energy market.”
Minister of Natural Resources http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?crtr.sj1D=&mthd=advSrch&crtr.page=1&crtr.dpt1D=6683&nid=993399&crtr.tp1D=1&crtr.lc1D=&crtr.aud1D=
Also from Canada (Backgrounder):
Memorandum of Understanding on Canada-U.K. Nuclear Energy Cooperation
On June 29, 2015, Gordon Campbell, High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom and Lee McDonough, Director, Office for Nuclear Development, Department for Energy and Climate Change signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (U.K.). The MOU is for the purpose of Enhancing Cooperation in the Field of Civil Nuclear Energy.
The U.K. currently operates sixteen nuclear reactors, generating roughly 18% of the country’s electricity. It is expected that, by 2023, all but one of these reactors will have reached the end of their lifecycles and are likely to be retired. In recent years, however, nuclear energy development has become a priority for the UK as a means to secure its energy supply and reduce CO2 emissions.
The U.K. Nuclear Industrial Strategy identified nuclear energy as an essential low-carbon emitting technology that will be used to meet its CO2 emission targets.
This MOU provides two key benefits to Canada:
Provides opportunities for Canada’s nuclear energy value chain: With near-term growth expected in the U.K. nuclear energy market, the MOU would also provide benefits for stakeholders, including Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), by facilitating stronger industry-to-industry and laboratory-to-laboratory connections.
Enhance industry-to-industry and government-to-government collaboration: The MOU, through an annual work plan, would provide for collaboration between Canadian and U.K. nuclear energy stakeholders and sets the stage for the exchange of policy related information between NRCan and DECC.
Facilitating industrial and research collaboration with other advanced nuclear countries is one of several actions the Government of Canada is taking to strengthen Canada’s nuclear industry. Other measures include investing $325 million to revitalize research infrastructure at federal laboratories, restructuring Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, modernizing nuclear liability legislation and opening the doors to trade opportunities for nuclear energy in the world’s fastest-growing energy markets.
Emphasis our own.
Evading Liability and CANDU MOX?
“Modernizing nuclear liability” generally means that they devise ways for companies to evade liability for the inevitable nuclear disaster.
Reuters makes the following frightening statement: “Canadian reactor maker Candu Energy and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada are exploring solutions for the reuse of Britain’s civil plutonium and recovered uranium stockpiles in its heavy-water reactors.” in “Britain, Canada to strengthen cooperation on nuclear energy Posted:Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:20:44 GMT http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/kI_d5YBM09w/story01.htm
So, is that the translation for “The MOU will reinforce work already underway on feasibility studies related to the disposal of U.K. plutonium, and it will provide a framework to assess the development of power generation based on alternative nuclear fuels“? CANDU MOX?