‘A massive gap in the electricity system caused by the closure of coal-fired power stations and growth of unpredictable renewable generation has created the real prospect of complete power failure.’
The Herald headline is an astonishing piece of hysterical hyperbole and ironically is based on a report by the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland (IESIS). The major sponsor of IESIS is Babcock, a subsidiary of Doosan of South Korea.
IESIS number one sponsor is Babcock:
Babcock belong to Korean giants, Doosan
Doosan Babcock specialise in ‘the delivery of construction, aftermarket and upgrade services to the thermal power, nuclear, oil and gas, petrochemical and process sectors.’ Doosan Babcock currently have a deal with French company EDF to maintain 7 of the UK’s 8 older nuclear power stations including Hunterston B in Ayrshire.
After 4 years of life-extension by Doosan Babcock, Hunterston B’s reactor has 350 cracks
Doosan Babcock no doubt regrets the disappearance of large power stations in Scotland as we move toward a distributed-generation-systems based on renewables. However, the notion that thousands of renewable electricity generation sites, wind, marine turbine, hydro, hydrogen, solar, spread across the land and sea, are more vulnerable than one or two massive nuclear, coal or oil-fired power stations is, in the wake of the Chernobyl and Fukushima failures and in the context of global terror, both astonishing and simply wrong.
Let’s see if and what, Reporting Scotland make of this exciting story, which the people need to hear of.