From the Guardian today:
China is expected to be allowed to build a nuclear power station in Essex as George Osborne embraced the world’s most populous country as an ideal partner for British business.
The chancellor, on a trade mission to the country, argued that Britain should “run towards China” to help boost the UK economy and signalled that China could build a nuclear site in Bradwell, Essex, as part of a wider nuclear co-operation worth tens of billions of pounds.
“This civil nuclear cooperation … opens the door to majority Chinese ownership of a subsequent nuclear project in Bradwell,” said Osborne, according to Reuters.
Energy minister Amber Rudd, accompanying Osborne, said the UK would benefit from low-carbon energy, while China wanted a first showcase in the west for its newly developed nuclear technology. “They very much want to have their design up and running in the UK,” she told the Financial Times.
“That’s because we have such tough standards of regulation everyone can have confidence they are safe and show that they have a great operation to take elsewhere.”
However, the GMB union that represents nuclear workers, while welcoming the £2bn support for Hinkley, said linking that deal to a reactor at Bradwell would be a “betrayal” of British workers. Brian Strutton, GMB national secretary for energy, said: “Chinese nuclear technology is unproven and no UK government should even consider allowing it to be used in a new nuclear power station 60 miles from London.”
PS our headline reads “China Might Build Nuclear Power Station Near Us”
As the Echo has reported here, there’s an application in for a big solar “farm” in Canewdon
A MONSTER solar farm generating enough energy to power 4,125 homes could be built in Canewdon.
Under plans submitted to Rochford Council, farmers Paul and Mark Woodford would lease the 50-acre stretch of farmland between Fambridge Road and Canewdon Road to solar panel company Solar Assets.
The deal would be for 25 years, and the solar farm could be generating renewable energy for the area as early as April next year.
Canewdon Parish Council has already voted overwhelmingly to support the plans for approval ahead of them going before Rochford councillors in January.
The three-metre-tall panels would be positioned at an angle facing the River Crouch and would have a wildflower meadow around it, with sheep keeping the grass short….
You can find the application here on the council website here.
There is also an application for a ‘solar farm’ at Southend Airport – you can find that one here.
Meanwhile there are also two applications in connection with the creation of the wildlife reserve on Wallasea Island:
“Continuation of the importation of waste to develop a coastal nature reserve without compliance with condition 2 (compliance with submitted details) attached to permission ref ESS/09/14/ROC to allow modifications to the landform design within Cells 1 and 5, including a net reduction of suitable natural waste material in Cell 1 by approximately 450,000m3.”
“Continuation of the importation of waste to develop a coastal nature reserve without compliance with conditions 2 (compliance with submitted details); 39 (cessation of operations and restoration by 31 December 2019); and 40 (removal of construction in frastructure) attached to planning permission ref ESS/54/08/ROC to allow importation of suitable natural material and to require cessation of site operations and restoration by 31 Decmeber 2025, together with the inclusion of previously agreed non-material amendments to permission rf ES/54/08/ROC. Condition No 8. Noise monitoring.”
Looks like the Wallasea project is going to take 6 more years than expected…
Council officers are recommending planning approval for a big array of solar panels at Oldbury Farm, Southend Road, Great Wakering.
You can download the full report here (104kb) but here’s an extract:
Oldbury Farm Southend Road Great Wakering
Ground Works to Cut Away Section of Reservoir Bank and Installation of Ground Mounted 76m Long Array of Photovoltaic Panels.
Planning permission is sought for the erection of a ground mounted array of solar panels on the side of an existing reservoir at the Oldbury Farm complex.
The site is located on the outskirts of Great Wakering some 600m due West of the village edge and approximately the same distance from the built up edge of Southend which lies to the South. The site is immediately bordered by open agricultural fields. The site and area surrounding the site is flat and rural in character and appearance with the site immediately bounded by open agricultural fields with sporadic residential and farm complex developments in the wider surrounding area….
….. Each photovoltaic panel would be approximately 1.62m by 0.99m with a depth of 46mm. The panels would be supported on a mounting frame at a lower height of 66cm and an upper height of 2.25m such that the solar panels would be supported at a 30 degree angle.