Safety First Protest
Safety First is committed to helping to achieve the vision of a secure, low-carbon and affordable energy supply.
To Eradicate the nuclear threat to civilian areas ...
For Clean, safe energy use
To Discuss nuclear power production
And Support thousands of jobs
6 July 2013, 14.30 pm Embassy of Japan, London
Following the start of Safety First Nuclear Power Project on 27 October to focus on the environmental aspect of clean, safe energy use. Hitachi completes acquisition of Horizon Nuclear Power after the UK energy deal was announced on October 2012.
The UK power production deal focuses on around two sites at Wylfa, Anglesey and Oldbury, South Gloucestershire with 2/3 1,300MW nuclear power plants at each site. Hitachi is in the process of discussions with UK regulators to obtain approval of the use of Advanced Boiling Water Reactor technology. ABWR is the only advanced nuclear technology in operation in the world.
Safety First Nuclear Power Project
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster
It is disconcerting to find the International Atomic Energy Agency proactive on the political issue of nuclear proliferation, however silent on the real and probable threat of nuclear meltdown due to inadequate monitoring and safety regulations.
The whole Fukushima Disaster could have been avoided had the International Atomic Energy Agency committed itself to monitoring safety standards as it does with nuclear non-proliferation. Instead we have a new question that is now being asked from an unlikely corner, as a result of Fukushima: how do we eradicate the nuclear threat to civilian areas, from a seemingly clean source of energy because nuclear power plants are liable to turn themselves into nuclear bombs when a natural disaster strikes.
It has come to my attention that there are continued complications with the clean-up operation in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster resulting in a negative impact on the neighbouring wildlife, environment and inhabitants.
If a nuclear bomb fell on Hiroshima there would be international condemnation, we find however a nuclear explosion five times more powerful than the Hiroshima bombing of 1945 and a conspicuous silence. There are concerns safety procedures were not properly followed to mitigate the risks of a meltdown and damage to surrounding environment, including neighbouring sovereign territory.
There is a view that had the emergency generator's been adequately housed in high-level rooms according to guidelines the meltdown would not have happened. Flooding of the reactors with seawater was crucially delayed to retain the reactor and there has been international condemnation that had the Japanese taken the scale of the disaster seriously, above self-interest for profit the whole disaster could have been avoided this demands a review of safety regulation concerning nuclear energy.
There are also concerns had three other reactors not been scheduled for maintenance the disaster would have been significantly worse, affecting the territory of neighbouring countries.
China is expected to lose $300 million of lost revenue due to contaminated seafood and there are reports several fishing villages on the Chinese coast have lost their livelihoods.
Japanese authorities have admitted that lax standards and poor oversight contributed to the nuclear disaster. They have come under fire for their handling of the emergency, and have engaged in a pattern of withholding damaging information and denying facts of the accident.
There has been public anger about an official campaign to play down the scope of the accident and the potential health risks. In view of these facts we have launched the Safety First Protest for Friday 8th February 2012 at 5 pm outside the Japanese Embassy in London to demand Nu-clear Safety, better regulation, environmental protection with a firm commitment by the Japanese to fully invest in the clean-up of the environment.
We are discussing the possibility of a parliamentary Early Day Motion to debate the presence of international monitors to address pending health and safety concerns.
JAPAN IN, GERMANY OUT
Hitachi has developed a different corporate strategy from that of E.ON and RWE to cope with the nuclear exit policies of their respective governments. Following the nuclear accident at Japan's Fukushima reactors in the aftermath of a massive earthquake in March 2011, both Japan and Germany announced long-term plans to exit nuclear power generation, leaving companies with a choice of searching for new markets or closing their nuclear businesses. Germany's E.ON and RWE decided to exit the nuclear sector. "The sale (of Horizon) is in line with E.ON's revised strategy," E.ON said in a statement. RWE said it now has no further national or international new-build projects under way in the nuclear energy sector. Hitachi, by contrast, has begun to seek overseas opportunities to sell their nuclear technology to, including Britain, Central Europe and the Middle East.
UK Nuclear Power
30 October 2012
Hitachi buys UK nuclear project from E.On and RWE
The UK's nuclear expansion plans have been boosted after Japan's Hitachi signed a £700m deal giving it rights to build a new generation of power plants. Hitachi is to buy Horizon Nuclear Power, which was intending to build reactors on existing sites at Wylfa, Anglesey, and Oldbury, near Bristol.
Hitachi is buying Horizon from Germany's E.On and RWE, which are withdrawing from the UK nuclear market. Prime Minister David Cameron said it was a major step for the UK.
"This is a decades-long, multi-billion pound vote of confidence in the UK, that will contribute vital new infrastructure to power our economy. "It will support up to 12,000 jobs during construction and thousands more permanent highly skilled roles once the new power plants are operational, as well as stimulating exciting new industrial investments in the UK's nuclear supply chain. I warmly welcome Hitachi as a major new player in the UK energy sector," he said. 'Milestone' Hitachi's proposed facilities will use its advanced boiling water technology, which is already used in four reactors in Japan. Mr Borovas said this technology was a "proven success", adding: "This should be very helpful with respect to its licensing in the UK and also opens up the possibility of significant export credit agency and commercial financing from Japan."
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said: "Hitachi bring with them decades of expertise, and are responsible for building some of the most advanced nuclear reactors on time and on budget, so I welcome their commitment to helping build a low-carbon, secure-energy future for the UK."
Shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint called on the government to use this as an opportunity to encourage investment in nuclear research and design. Unions also welcomed Hitachi's move, with Mike Clancy, general secretary designate of Prospect, saying: "The Horizon venture is an important milestone in securing future low-carbon energy generation capacity within the UK and its importance to local and national economies cannot be overstated.
Before construction can start, the Japanese company's Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) design will need to be approved by Britain's nuclear regulator, a process that Hitachi said would take three to four years.
The Japanese company beat a rival bid from Toshiba, which owns U.S.-based nuclear reactor designer Westinghouse. Westinghouse declined to comment on the outcome. "It was the money in the end. Westinghouse offered about the same, a touch less," said one source close to the negotiations. The deal is expected to officially close at the end of November.
Demand Nu-clear Safety, better regulation, environmental protection with a firm commitment by the Japanese to fully invest in the cleanup of the environment. We are also discussing the possibility of a parliamentary Early Day Motion to debate the presence of international monitors to address pending health and safety concerns.