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Four uranium projects excluded from Western Australia ban

3 hours 1 min ago
The Western Australian government has imposed a ban on future uranium mining leases, but says it will not stand in the way of four uranium projects approved by the state's previous government.

Canadian siting studies for commercial IMSR

3 hours 43 min ago
Terrestrial Energy has begun a feasibility study for the siting of the first commercial Integral Molten Salt Reactor at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories' Chalk River site, with a further vision of creating a technology hub at CNL to support the commercialisation of small modular reactors.

UK regulator identifies 11 proposals for research

4 hours 5 min ago
The UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation has 53 research projects and proposals amounting to about £1.2 million ($1.5 million) in its Regulatory Research Register for 2016-17, which it published last week.

Bradwell completes treatment of fuel element debris

4 hours 42 min ago
All the fuel element debris waste at the UK's Bradwell nuclear power plant has now been treated to reduce the radiological risk at the site, Magnox Ltd announced yesterday. Removal of the waste is an important step towards Bradwell's planned closure, it said.

Further agreements flow from AtomExpo

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:42
More cooperation agreements and contracts have been signed by Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom and its subsidiaries during the IX AtomExpo International Forum it is hosting this week in Moscow. The latest agreements, with Asian and European companies, cover collaboration in a wide range of nuclear-related areas and beyond.

Westinghouse subsidiary receives notice of non-conformance

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 05:19
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a notice of non-conformance to Westinghouse over concerns about quality assurance at its Mangiarotti subsidiary.

Oskarshamn 1 enters retirement

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 02:26
Unit 1 of the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant in Sweden has been permanently shut down. A decision not to restart the unit after an operational issue resulted in it closing ten days ahead of schedule.

Turkish consortium to buy into Akkuyu project

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:30
A consortium of Turkish companies yesterday signed an agreement with Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom on the main conditions for acquiring a 49% stake in JSC Akkuyu Nuclear, the company that will build and operate Turkey's first nuclear power plant.

Rosatom signs raft of agreements at annual forum

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 09:43
Rosatom and its subsidiaries yesterday signed agreements with a number of governments, companies and universities during the IX AtomExpo International Forum it is hosting this week in Moscow.

Leaders urge collective effort to secure nuclear’s future role

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 09:32
The nuclear energy industry needs to work together to secure its future role in the fight against climate change and energy poverty, five of its most prominent leaders said yesterday at the opening ceremony of the IX AtomExpo International Forum in Moscow.

Korea's nuclear phase-out policy takes shape

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 09:55
South Korean president Moon Jae-in has used the permanent shutdown of Kori unit 1 to outline his intended nuclear energy phase-out policy. He said no new reactors would be planned and existing units will not operate beyond 40 years.

New blueprint for Australian electricity

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 09:29
The Australian government is considering the recommendations of an independent review of the country's electricity market. The review, led by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, has drawn up a blueprint for an electricity system that will deliver future reliability and increased security, while rewarding consumers and lowering emissions.

Akkuyu project receives production licence

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 09:29
JSC Akkuyu NPP, the Russian-owned company responsible for Turkey's first nuclear power plant, has been awarded a 49-year electricity generation licence. The company received a preliminary licence, enabling it to start investment and permitting procedures for the project, in June 2015. Turkey's energy market regulatory authority said then that JSC Akkuyu NPP would receive a production licence - needed to start generating electricity from the plant - once it met the requirements outlined in that document. The production licence was awarded yesterday.

Belgian reactor vessels show no new inclusions

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 08:58
No new so-called hydrogen 'flakes' have been found in the reactor vessels of Belgium's Tihange 2 and Doel 3, a comparison of inspections carried out recently with those conducted in 2014 has shown. The country's nuclear regulator said there has also been no growth of previously detected flakes.

Monju decommissioning plan approved

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 08:38
The basic plan for decommissioning Japan's Monju prototype fast breeder reactor has been officially adopted by the government-appointed team to oversee the task. According to the plan, decommissioning of Monju is expected to take 30 years to complete.

Canadian government called on to reaffirm nuclear support

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 07:56
A cross-party committee has called on the Canadian government to reaffirm its long-standing support for the nuclear sector, including the commercialisation of small modular reactors. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources made its recommendations in a report, The nuclear sector at a crossroads: Fostering innovation and energy security for Canada and the world, which it tabled before the government on 9 June.

DOE invests $66 million in advanced nuclear technologies

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 09:42
The US Department of Energy yesterday announced investments worth over $66 million in projects that will help advance innovative nuclear technologies. A total of 85 projects are to receive a share of the federal funding for nuclear energy research, facility access, crosscutting technology development and infrastructure awards.

Chinese unit prepares for extended operation

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 09:16
Workers at unit 1 of the Qinshan nuclear power plant in China's Zhejiang province have made significant progress in long-term operational safety, an International Atomic Energy Agency team has concluded. The plant has applied to operate beyond its original 30-year design life.

Russia to start upgrading Armenian plant in 2018

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 08:48
Rosatom plans to carry out work to extend the operating period of unit 2 of the Metsamor nuclear power plant in Armenia in 2018 and 2019, the Russian state nuclear corporation said on 13 June, following a meeting between its director-general, Alexey Likhachov, and Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan.

Robot ready to inspect Fukushima Daiichi 3 vessel

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 07:37
An underwater robot has been developed to inspect the flooded primary containment vessel of unit 3 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The robot is expected to be deployed in the coming months, following the training of operators.