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The Peninsula: Iran designs new nuclear power plant

‘Iran has chosen the site and started designing a new 360-megawatt nuclear power plant, a senior atomic official said in remarks published yesterday. Iran has yet to complete construction of its first nuclear power plant and has previously sent conflicting signals about the state of work on a planned second plant. An Iranian official said this year construction work had already begun.’

New York Times: Chief Cleric of Iran Defends President

‘Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme religious leader, responded to mounting domestic criticism of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a strong statement of support, praising his internal policies and his dogged defense of the country’s nuclear program, Iranian news media reported Sunday.’

Typically Spanish: Generator fire closes the Vandellós Nuclear Power Station

‘It happened at 8,49am and was extinguished by 10,30am, and has resulted in the plant being shut down. They say that workers in the plant were not affected and there was no incident involving radiation. The plant is now said to be 'stopped and stable', but the CNS made the recommendation that the Tarragona Nuclear Emergency Plan be activated.’

Angus Reid: Spaniards Oppose Revamping Nuclear Power

‘Almost half of adults in Spain are opposed to ending their country’s nuclear energy moratorium, according to a poll by Sigma Dos published in El Mundo. 48.3 per cent of respondents share this opinion, while 39.7 per cent support ending the ban.’

AFP: Britain still backs British Energy-EDF tie-up: minister

‘Britain continues to favour a tie-up between British Energy and French energy group EDF, Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks said in an interview published Monday. Speaking to the Financial Times last week while on a visit to Lagos, Wicks said a deal with EDF was "the most sensible option" and added that the government thought "that's the natural link".’

Herald Sun: Nuclear lobby can't see the light

‘It seems, though, that the nation's most high profile promoter of nuclear energy cannot locate the studies that would add weight to his argument. Ziggy Switkowski claimed this week that if it was allowed to develop, nuclear energy would be the lowest cost, cleanest and safest source of available energy in Australia by 2020. By 2020, renewable energy technology would have advanced to the point where it is reliable for peak needs, can store excess power and does not upset the electricity grid. All these aspects are being researched today and if stronger incentives are in place, their development would be fast tracked by eager investors. All new energy technologies will need this welfare, including clean coal and nuclear. Dr Switkowski told BNW yesterday he could not quote from a study that compared nuclear energy to other types of power in terms of cost and safety because none had been done.’

The Australian: India rebuffed on nuke sale pact

‘ATTEMPTS were under way last night to rescue the radical nuclear pact between Delhi and Washington after the key 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group refused to lift a 34-year-old embargo on nuclear trade with India.’

Energy Daily: Analysis: Energy crisis in the Caucasus

‘The war in Georgia was not mainly about energy, as some have said, but it highlights the vulnerability of energy deliveries through the Caucasus and threatens future projects in the region.’