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Daily review 27/05/2022

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, May 27th, 2022 - 28 comments
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Daily review is also your post.

This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

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  1. Poission 1

    Finnish greens embrace "yellowcake" want legislation changes for small medium reactors as sustainable alternatives.

    • pat 1.1

      "Unit 3 is an EPR reactor and has been under construction since 2005. The start of commercial operation was originally planned for May 2009[3] but was postponed repeatedly. The reactor eventually started up on 21 December 2021, and electricity production started on 12 March 2022. Regular production is expected to begin on 30 September 2022,[4] after a test production phase.[5]"

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olkiluoto_Nuclear_Power_Plant

      • Poission 1.1.1

        They are looking at smaller units that will be available from around 2030 (mitsubishi and hyundai)

        More the policy change,and probably the energy supply from the neighbour being unavailable.

        • pat 1.1.1.1

          In 2005 (or possibly even earlier) they were looking at starting Oikiluoto 3 in 2009….its still isnt in regular production now.

          The Russian situation is very likely the incentive, but 'policy change' dosnt make the event any more achievable or for that matter sensible.

          • Poission 1.1.1.1.1

            It still has another 4 Units generating now.( O3 also has the spent waste repository for all Finland) it also has a complex system of process consent.

            The Nuclear Energy Act outlines the procedures required for new nuclear power plants (NPPs), irrespective of private or State ownership. The decision making process for building nuclear facilities is rather complex and requires (besides the normal EIA necessary for major power plant projects) ultimately also the approval of the Decision in Principle (DIP) by the Finnish Parliament. The same is true for other nuclear facilities related to the fuel cycle, such as waste management facilities.

            https://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/cnpp2019/countryprofiles/Finland/Finland.htm

            At this moment Finland is generating 90.6% low carbon of which 54.2% is renewable the difference is the nuclear fleet.

            • pat 1.1.1.1.1.1

              The delays wernt in the consenting…

              "The delays have been due to various problems with planning, supervision, and workmanship,[15] and have been the subject of an inquiry by STUK, the Finnish nuclear safety regulator.[35] The first problems that surfaced were irregularities in the foundation concrete, and caused a delay of months. Later, it was found that subcontractors had provided heavy forgings that were not up to project standards and which had to be re-cast. An apparent problem constructing the reactor's unique double-containment structure also caused delays, as the welders had not been given proper instructions.[35]

              In 2009, Petteri Tiippana, the director of STUK's nuclear power plant division, told the BBC that it was difficult to deliver nuclear power plant projects on schedule because builders were not used to working to the exacting standards required on nuclear construction sites, since so few new reactors had been built in recent years"

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olkiluoto_Nuclear_Power_Plant

              • Poission

                Ah boilermakers.

              • Poission

                Specialized welding on high pressure systems,is one of the delay problems at the contact NI geothermal plant (and overuns)

                • pat

                  Extrapolate that and other skills shortages as the world rushes to transform its infrastructure…all at the same time.

                  • Poission

                    Was thinking that with the necessity (and shortage) of floating LNG terminals in Europe,and the transport.Still capacity in Korea and Japan in heavy industry (skilled staff aging though)

                    • pat

                      Worldwide shortage with the current level of development, nevermind that which needs to be done…and then theres materials.

                    • Poission

                      The IEA suggests an earlier use for scissors (rather then the ribbon cutting PR exercise)

                      But as you suggest there will be input inflation.

                    • pat

                      Inflation is the least of our worries….capacity and capability are the real constraints….not that those making the decisions appear to realise.

                      I recommend you listen to this….if you dont wish to listen to the whole thing theres a particularly pertinent anecdote at 50 -51 mins.

                    • Poission

                      Interesting article,correct in that there is too much technological reliance on 1 or 2 countries,but the next technological change in say battery technology will be less reliant on rare earths.

                      Here to go 100% renewable on electricity is less a constraint then say the UK or Europe or even Australia.

            • pat 1.1.1.1.1.2

              Here is possibly one of the best chances…provided the worlds supply chains remain reasonably intact…and even then it will be bloody difficult and the total energy available will be less than current.

              A few potential possibilities in a world of no possibility.

              • Poission

                The constraints here are not technological,or financial,but political in the environmental arena for offshore wind,and the factotums of Transpower. Here at the planning stage is where the cost overuns occur.

  2. SPC 2

    The war in Ukraine has made an already emerging food crisis worse.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-61583492

  3. SPC 3

    Governments fate in the hands of the squeezed middle is the Herald headline

    By Bill Ralston

    Are you part of the 'squeezed middle'? It sounds a little like a problem with an expanding waistline, but it is the National Party's current line aimed at Kiwis battling rising inflation that is

    Herald paywall

    First note is the Herald promote the column in a way to promote the National Party talking point. Predictable.

    The intent of which is to blame government for global inflation (pandemic lockdown and now omicron infection isolation impact on production and distribution, plus sanctions on Russia and blockade on Ukraine exports) and the resort of Reserve Banks around the world to tighten monetary policy in response (higher home mortgage cost).

    Whether the headline the Herald uses reflects the column itself or not – well you have to pay them money to find out.

    One can note that across the Tasman the centrist voters went Green or Teal – not so much on the squeezed middle issue but for policy that related to their future (and that included empowered centrist liberal women in parliament, and thus departure from the party of Abbott, Morrison and Dutton).

    • Stuart Munro 3.1

      Luxon has made little headway really – but he seems to have recognized National's abiding problem – their supporting demographic ain't getting any younger. If he can persuade a centrist bloc his party represents their interests, his party might have a future besides Trumpism.

  4. SPC 4

    Christopher Luxon offers up a tribute to Joe Hawke in both Maori and English (two official languages) and gets attacked for using Maori by those not Maori.

    This should be warning to him and his party, what the consequences could well be if they, and or ACT, run a campaign to win political power based on attack on provider delivery to Maori and partnership in management of land and water assets.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/kahu/christopher-luxons-maori-tribute-to-joe-hawke-under-attack/F63EDEM6M4Q76KV3LCMATPGHGU/

    • Peter 4.1

      It's simply a reminder to Luxon (if he needs it) that there are ignorant racists in the country.

    • Robert Guyton 4.2

      On reading the start of your post, I imagined Luxon had spoken in Maori, or rather, I struggled to imagine him doing that.

      He certainly didn't tuhituhi it himself.

  5. SPC 5

    We can add nursing shortage to the supply problems the world faces in the 2020's and beyond (as per aging).

    Nurses are burnt out and retiring or quitting in droves. Their absence leaves a shortage that’s quickly becoming a national crisis. But thanks for clapping at 7pm every night! This is a digital exclusive.

    • gsays 5.1

      I take your larger point about human resources (that is an ugly turn of phrase).

      At the risk of being repetitive, I would like to point out the difference between someone being burnt-out and having a moral injury.

      Burnt out implies a lack of something in the individual- strength, resilience, ability. Whereas "moral distress arises when one knows the right thing to do, but institutional constraints make it nearly impossible to pursue the right course of action."

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_injury

      • Incognito 5.1.1

        Moral distress or injury of health professionals, but not limited to these, is often neglected or ignored in debates on controversial and complex issues such as euthanasia and abortion too (I’d assume). There’s some distant link with emotional labour, which I rarely see mentioned nowadays (most likely because if you mention Marx in this context people switch off or vilify you).

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_labor

  6. weka 6

    Bookmarking this to follow up later

    but am trying to figure out if Dee is right here,

    • RedLogix 6.1

      Let me guess – this will have Ormsby written all over it.

      • SPC 6.1.1

        And once again the Herald being the publicist of an orchestrated smear – without checking the facts to verify. MSM meh.

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