Italy to reverse policy and build nuclear power stations: minister

23 May 2008 - The Italian government said Thursday it would begin building nuclear power stations, reversing a 20-year ban in an initiative likely to spark strong resistance and take a long time to come to fruition.

"During the term of this parliament, we will lay the first stone for the construction in our country of a group of new-generation nuclear power stations," Economic Development Minister Claudio Scajola told the Italian employers' federation Confindustria.

"We can no longer avoid an action plan for a return to nuclear power," he said, recalling a campaign pledge by Italy's newly named right-wing prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, to take such a step. "Only nuclear power stations can produce energy on a large scale, in a secure way at competitive costs and one that respects the environment."

A decision to abandon nuclear power was taken in a 1987 referendum following the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, Ukraine in 1986. The country's four nuclear plants operating at the time were shut down.

But Confindustria head Emma Marcegaglia said the time has now come "to invest in nuclear energy" as the country has become too dependent on foreign sources of oil and gas.

Following the Confindustria meeting, Fulvio Conti, head of Italy's principal power group Enel, said his company was "technically ready" to take part in the initiative, the Ansa news agency reported.

"It's a good start on the part of the government, which confirms the need to diversify (energy) sources and to invest in infrastructure," he said. The Italian government controls a 30 percent stake in Enel. Conti last month said it would likely take "seven to 10 years for a new nuclear generator to come online."

Italy has suffered occasional power shortages in recent years, due in part to problems with its electricity distribution network.

Sponsored by FLSmidth

Related Articles

NRC issues white finding to Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a white finding to the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California for not getting approval for an evacuation plan.
 

Fifth anniversary of Vogtle loan guarantee brings scrutiny of new builds

A former commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and a senior fellow said cost overruns at U.S. nuclear builds are putting a damper on the industry, but there is still hope for it as a low-carbon energy generating source.

Follow Power Engineering on Twitter

Latest News

FPSC approves PPA for Chesapeake Utilities to receive energy from CHP facility

The Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) has approved a 20-year power purchase agreement ...

Li-ion batteries taking over energy storage market

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have become the dominant technology in grid energy storage, ca...
 GE gas engine achieves more than 50% efficiency

GE gas engine achieves more than 50% efficiency

GE (NYSE: GE) Power & Water’s Distributed Power business said the company achieved more t...
 Wärtsilä to deliver Smart Power Generation plant to Kansas municipal utility

Wärtsilä to deliver Smart Power Generation plant to Kansas municipal utility

Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to supply a 56-MW Smart Power Generation power plant to ...
03/04 Henry Hub Average Natural Gas Spot Prices

03/04 Henry Hub Average Natural Gas Spot Prices

The Henry Hub is the pricing point for natural gas futures contracts traded on the New York M...

MHPS to deliver supercritical-pressure coal-fired boilers to Tanda Power Plant

L&T-MHPS Boilers Private Ltd., a joint venture between Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems L...

SwRI receives $9.9Mn from DOE to improve solar plant efficiency

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been awarded $4.9 million by the U.S. Department of E...
 Westinghouse says nuclear fuel performed flawlessly in Ukraine reactor

Westinghouse says nuclear fuel performed flawlessly in Ukraine reactor

Westinghouse Electric said its nuclear fuel “performed flawlessly” at a nuclear power plant i...

Power Engineering Current Issue

01/01/2015
Volume 119, Issue 1
1501pe-cover-lg

Products Showcase

Dynamic Fluoride Ion cleaning DFIC of industrial natural gas turbines Hi-Tech Furnace Systems

Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning of IGT Parts

The Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning (DFIC) Process from Hi-Tech Furnace Systems is able to clean deep, narrow cracks of oxides by cycling between negative, atmospheric, and positive pressure.

Archived Articles

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

Buyers Guide Product Listings

Nondestructive Examination and Testing

Advanced nondestructive examination, NDE, techn...

Engineering Services

Structural Integrity Associates, Inc. (SI) is a...

Buyers Guide Company Listings

Power Industry Wire News

US-Energy Company Announces Plans to Implement Renewable Energy Projects Throughout Sierra Leone

US-Energy Company Announces Plans to Implement Renewable Energy Projects Throughout Sie...

Verso Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2014 Results

Verso Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2014 Results

Dynamic Materials Comments on Delay in Issuing Fourth Quarter and Year-End Earnings Release; New Earnings Release and Conference Call Date Set for March 16, 2014

Dynamic Materials Comments on Delay in Issuing Fourth Quarter and Year-End Earnings Rel...

U.S. Southeast Home to More Than $10 Billion in Project Starts in Second-Quarter 2015, an Industrial Info News Alert

U.S. Southeast Home to More Than $10 Billion in Project Starts in Second-Quarter 2015, ...

Vantage Drilling Company Reports Fourth Quarter and Record Annual Results for 2014

Vantage Drilling Company Reports Fourth Quarter and Record Annual Results for 2014

Power Engineering

Article Archives for Power Engineering Magazine

Continuing Education

Professional Development Hours

To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

Latest Energy Jobs

View more Job Listings >>