Catch up with my latest news here.

Flamanville: a "nuclear accident"?

posted 17 Feb 2017, 01:19 by Kennedy Paver

The mass media reaction to the recent incident at Flamanville 1/2 (which appears to have involved an oil tank on one of the turbine systems) was relatively restrained, with most coverage at least quoting expert opinion that, while serious, it was not a "nuclear accident". However, the references to "the machine room of the reactor", as well as other similar phrases, suggested that the turbine building (for this is where the incident took place - the French term is "salle des machines", hence the poor translation) is somehow part of the reactor, or inside the same building.

In fact, the turbine building and reactor building are adjacent but separate, connected by the main steam pipes which carry steam from the steam generators (inside the reactor building) to the turbine (inside the turbine building, as the name suggests).

So, to be clear, the incident at Flamanville 1/2 (i.e. the original two-unit plant, and not the new EPR unit currently under construction next door) did not involve any reactor system or equipment - it took place inside the "conventional" (non-nuclear) part of the plant, where the main risks and hazards are of precisely the type that arose during this incident: conventional industrial safety risks that arise on any industrial site where machinery conveying hazardous fluids is in operation, and people have to work on and in the vicinity of such machinery.

So: not good, but not nuclear! Hope that clears things up a little.

UK Government greenlights Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant

posted 20 Sep 2016, 02:24 by Kennedy Paver   [ updated 20 Sep 2016, 02:26 ]

The UK Government recently gave the go-ahead for the construction of a new twin-reactor EPR nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset. It may be a coincidence, but a translation request related to the project landed in my inbox immediately after the decision was announced. Let's hope the expected boom in work for companies and contractors continues to include the translation sector.

Latest issue of The Linguist

posted 16 Dec 2015, 01:47 by Kennedy Paver

The latest issue of The Linguist, the magazine of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, is out.
Check it out via this link:
Happy reading. Any feedback on the magazine would be welcome.

Changes to the Chartered Linguist process

posted 10 Nov 2014, 09:01 by Kennedy Paver

The CIoL has changed the Chartered Linguist application process.
Check out the new requirements on the Institute's website:

Editorial Board of The Linguist

posted 5 Jun 2014, 07:14 by Kennedy Paver   [ updated 5 Jun 2014, 07:15 ]

I have been asked to Chair the Editorial Board of the journal of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, and am really looking forward to my first meeting as Chair soon (I have been a member of the Editorial Board for a year or so already).

Hinkley Point C links

posted 29 Jan 2014, 01:36 by Kennedy Paver   [ updated 29 Jan 2014, 01:38 ]

UK contractors (including, of course, language service providers) look set to benefit from the project to build a new EPR (European Pressurized Water Reactor) nuclear power plant at the Hinkley Point site in Somerset, UK which will bring up to £100m into the local economy during the peak construction period.
Check out these links:

Nuclear new-build comes closer as government agrees "strike price"

posted 23 Oct 2013, 04:05 by Kennedy Paver   [ updated 29 Jan 2014, 01:39 ]

The government has agreed a deal with EDF to guarantee the price of electricity generated by a nuclear power plant to be built at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
The news has been welcomed in many quarters. The main challenges now are: to ensure that construction costs don't spiral out of control; and to ensure that new nuclear plants help control rising electricity bills, rather than simply throwing more fuel on the roaring flames of the energy prices bonfire.
The project should bring plenty of work to UK companies, too (some translation work has already been available via agencies). However, the main components of the nuclear part of the plant will be built by AREVA in France, and the turbine will be built by Alstom, also in France. UK companies will be involved in civil engineering and marine construction works (the plant will be built at a coastal site). How sad that the UK doesn't have the capacity to build its own nuclear plants any more.
Check out the news on the BBC website:

Centrica drops out of nuclear new-build

posted 12 Feb 2013, 08:44 by Kennedy Paver

Gas/electric utility Centrica has pulled out of the UK's nuclear new-build programme, leaving EDF Energy to carry the flag for new nuclear plants in this country. Economics is, of course, the key. Can nuclear power plants be built and operated in an economically viable fashion today (leaving aside the waste management issue)?
Check out this article for a more detailed examination:

Kennedy Paver Ltd to come into operation from January 1st 2013

posted 17 Dec 2012, 01:53 by Kennedy Paver   [ updated 17 Dec 2012, 01:54 ]

I will be switching my translation, interpreting, training and consultancy operations to a new limited company (Kennedy Paver Limited) in the New Year. There will be no change in the scope and cost of the services I provide to my customers. Please contact me if you require any further details.

Developments at WANO

posted 1 Oct 2012, 10:05 by Kennedy Paver

There seems to be plenty going on at the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) in the post-Fukushima environment, with French nuclear group AREVA coming on board in the summer, and a recently signed agreement on increased cooperation between WANO and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  Check out the web for further details on both stories.

1-10 of 20