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IAEA notes improvements in Czech regulatory framework

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 08:43
The Czech Republic has significantly enhanced its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety in recent years, but work remains in implementing the country's new Atomic Act, a mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency has concluded.

Cover installed over collapsed Hanford tunnel

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 08:36
A protective plastic cover has been installed at the US Department of Energy's Hanford site over the roof of a tunnel that partially collapsed earlier this month. The cover will provide additional protection while longer-term risk mitigation measures are developed and implemented at the site in Washington State.

Swiss voters approve gradual nuclear phase out

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 09:26
Switzerland voted in a referendum yesterday to approve a revision to the country's energy policy that promotes the use of renewable energy sources and energy conservation. The revised Federal Energy Act also prohibits the construction of new nuclear power plants.

European consortium completes first Iter magnet

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 09:10
The first of 18 toroidal field coils has been made in Europe. Gigantic superconducting magnets, they will generate the magnetic cage to contain the Iter fusion reactor's plasma.

UK parties make scant reference to nuclear power

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:11
The manifestos of the three leading political parties in the UK contain few direct references to nuclear power. The documents were published this week as part of Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat campaigning ahead of the general election on 8 June. Their campaigns have been dominated by the prospect of two years of Brexit talks with the European Union.

Mixed progress for Ohio legislation

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:05
The Ohio Senate yesterday held its first hearing on legislation supporting the continued operation of the state's nuclear power plants, while a House committee suspended its own hearings on the same legislation. Meanwhile, business and community leaders, conservationists and scientists have written to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos calling for nuclear to be included in the company's definition of "renewables" to help keep Ohio's nuclear power plants operating.

ANS urges support for continued nuclear operation

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 07:46
Nuclear power plants are key national assets and are vital to the USA's security and economic prosperity, according to a newly issued position statement from the American Nuclear Society. The organisation has called for policies, laws, market reforms and governmental support to ensure the continued operation of the country's existing nuclear fleet.

ČEZ creates new nuclear energy division

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 07:42
Czech utility ČEZ has decided to split its nuclear operations from its existing Generation Division into a new Nuclear Energy Division. The nuclear division will be led by the current director of the Temelín nuclear power plant.

Indian units to boost domestic nuclear industry

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 09:02
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described his Cabinet's approval of the construction of ten indigenously designed pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWR) as a "big boost" for his Make in India program of localised manufacturing. The Cabinet, chaired by Modi, yesterday approved the construction of ten 700 MWe units in a "significant decision to fast-track India's domestic nuclear power program".

Russia begins fuel unloading of Northern Fleet

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 08:57
Russia has started unloading used fuel from nuclear submarines in Andreeva Bay, the former base of the Northern Fleet, a unit of the Russian Navy responsible for the defence of the north-western part of the country. The work is organised by RosRAO - a Moscow-based Rosatom subsidiary that provides commercial back-end radioactive waste and decommissioning services.

Argentina and China sign contract for two reactors

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 08:32
China is to supply Argentina with two nuclear power reactors - one a Candu pressurised heavy water reactor, the other a Hualong One pressurised water reactor. The contract was among 19 agreements signed yesterday in Beijing during a meeting of Chinese president Xi Jinping and Argentinean president Mauricio Macri.

EDF board approves creation of Edvance

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 07:17
The board of directors of French utility EDF today approved the formation of Edvance, a new company focused on the supply of nuclear islands. Edvance, of which EDF will hold 80% and Areva NP 20%, will be responsible for the design and implementation of nuclear islands and control systems for new reactors constructed in France and worldwide.

China, Saudi Arabia begin HTGR feasibility study

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 09:51
China and Saudi Arabia have held their first meeting to discuss the feasibility of constructing high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) in the Middle Eastern country. The joint working group aims to complete the feasibility study report later this year.

Japanese reactor restarts after lifting of injunction

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 09:16
Kansai Electric Power Company announced today that it had restarted unit 4 of its Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture. The reactor - which together with unit 3 has been offline since March 2016 - is expected to re-enter commercial operation next month.

Ukraine confident of world-class fuel storage facility

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 09:05
Energoatom President Yury Nedashkovsky has confirmed progress in Holtec International's preparations to build a Central Spent Fuel Storage Facility at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Between 1 and 10 May, Nedashkovsky led a delegation from the Ukrainian nuclear power plant operator to Holtec's plants in Pittsburgh, (Pennsylvania), Orrville (Ohio) and Camden (New Jersey).

Jordan inaugurates region's first synchrotron

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 08:03
King Abdullah II of Jordan yesterday officially opened the Middle East's first particle accelerator. Scientists from across the region will use the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) for advanced research projects.

National Grid puts Moorside plans on hold

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 09:51
The UK's National Grid said today it has "paused" plans for grid infrastructure work needed for the Moorside nuclear power plant whilst developer NuGeneration conducts a strategic review of the project. National Grid unveiled proposals last October for a £2.8 billion ($3.4 billion) project to connect the planned plant in West Cumbria to the country's electricity network, ahead of ten weeks of consultation it completed in early January.

General Fusion, Microsoft team up on data analysis

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 09:23
Canada's General Fusion is collaborating with US computing giant Microsoft to analyse its fusion energy experimental results using cloud-based big data techniques. This, the company says, will enable it to explore experimental plasma data in greater depth than previously possible.

First Iter plasma chamber tool ready for shipment

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 09:06
The first vacuum vessel sector sub-assembly tool for the Iter fusion reactor has passed factory acceptance tests in South Korea. The tool is by far the largest custom-designed tool for the reactor, currently under construction at Cadarache in southern France.

Kazakhstan opens nuclear security training centre

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 08:31
Kazakhstan has opened a new facility to provide security training to its nuclear facility personnel. The Nuclear Security Training Centre has been developed with the support of the US National Nuclear Security Administration.