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WNU Summer Institute 2012 application deadline approaches

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The deadline for applications to the World Nuclear University Summer Insitute 2012 is approaching for those applicants with financial support confirmed (either through their company or through a sponsor). The final date for receipt of applications is 6th January 2012. 

The World Nuclear University is a partnership created in 2003 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Atoms for Peace initiative, which gave birth to the IAEA. The WNU mission is to support the beneficial use of nuclear technology by uniting industry, academia and inter-governmental organizations in efforts to strengthen nuclear education and leadership.

The most prominent WNU activity is the WNU Summer Institute, a six-week leadership development programme for young, high-potential nuclear professionals held at Christ Church College, Oxford, UK.


2011 SI delegates
WNU SI 2011 Fellows

The Summer Institute programme is designed to expand participants’ horizons across the full spectrum of issues surrounding nuclear energy. Built on a foundation of instruction from some of the world's foremost leaders in science, engineering and the global environment, the programme is augmented by team-building exercises and a week-long technical tour of nuclear and related facilities. The programme is aimed at nuclear professionals between 27 and 37 years of age.

Details of the full range of WNU programmes, and further information about applying to the Summer Institute can be found on our website (

WNA welcomes new members

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The World Nuclear Association is pleased to welcome a number of new members companies, bringing the total number of WNA members to 200.

CGNPC Uranium Resources Co 
CGN-URC supplies fuel for the nuclear power generating units of CGNPC. CGN-URC are involved in the civil nuclear fuel market, domestic and overseas exploration, development and operation activities of uranium resources, as well as the import and export of uranium products, and provides related services.

CLP Power Hong Kong Limited 
Established in Hong Kong over a century ago, CLP has a significant presence in five markets today, with operations in Hong Kong, Chinese Mainland, Australia, India, Southeast Asia and Taiwan. Electricity generated at CLP's power stations in Hong Kong is delivered to customers through a transmission and distribution network that is owned and operated by CLP Power Hong Kong. Their network includes around 13,800 kilometers of overhead, underground and submarine cables that feed into around 13,400 substations. CLP Power Hong Kong achieves a supply reliability of 99.99%, which is among the highest industry standards around the world.

Deep Yellow Limited
Deep Yellow Limited is an ASX-listed advanced-stage uranium exploration company operating in the southern African nation of Namibia and in Australia. It also has a listing on the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX). The Company’s primary focus is in Namibia, where exploration is conducted by its wholly-owned subsidiary Reptile Uranium Namibia (Pty) Ltd. DYL’s flagship Omahola Project has a JORC compliant resource of 52 million tonnes at 338 ppm for 38.6 Mlbs U3O8 from four deposits, INCA, Ongolo Alaskite, MS7 and Tubas Red Sand (TRS).

Edgen Murray CorporationIn addition to the most comprehensive inventory of high performance steel products, Edgen Murray provides the energy sector with a unique combination of engineering knowledge and global logistics infrastructure and support. They provide chrome and nickel alloy, high yield stainless components, fittings and valves for all forms of power generation

Global Atomic Fuels  
Global Atomic Fuels Corporation is a private Canadian resource company founded in January 2005 by former senior executives of Denison Mines Limited. Global has acquired 6 contiguous concessions covering approximately 3,000 square kilometres in the Agadez Region of central Niger. These concessions give Global the right to explore for uranium and other minerals on the property. Niger is the fifth largest uranium producing country in the world. The Global concessions cover part of a large regional trend of uranium producers, advanced uranium projects and uranium showings.

PGE Energia Jadrowa S.A.
The development of nuclear power engineering is an opportunity for Poland to meet the rising demand for electricity supplied at reasonable prices. At the beginning of 2009 the Polish government entrusted PGE with a mission to develop nuclear power generation in Poland. The investment plans of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A. include the construction of two nuclear power plants, with a capacity of about 3,000 MW each. Establishment of PGE Energia Jądrowa S.A. in December 2009 was one of the steps undertaken by PGE to execute the initial schedule’s assumptions. PGE Energia Jądrowa S.A. is a pillar of the Nuclear Power Generation business line within PGE Capital Group. This company is responsible for implementation of comprehensive tasks related to the construction of nuclear power plants. These duties include, among other things, analysis of best practices in preparation and execution of the construction of nuclear power plants in selected European countries.

A world leader in the manufacture and supply of sealed radiation sources, radioisotope technologies and services. These range from cobalt-60 sources for sterilization of medical devices and caesium-137 sources for blood irradiation through to cobalt-60 sources for gamma knife application, sealed sources for oil well logging, process gauging and many other industrial applications. We also supply a range of specialist raw materials to OEM users.

Trade Tech Energy
Trade Tech Energy  specializes  in nuclear fuel trading, nuclear finance  and nuclear market consulting services.

UCL Australia
The UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia (UCL SERAus) is an integral part of University College London, one of the foremost academic institutions in the world. UCL SERAus is UCL's first ever overseas campus, and students are provided with many opportunities to interact with their colleagues in London. UCL SERAus, develops the management talent that will help the industry meet the challenges of the future energy industry. The goal of UCL SERAus is to give students a broad and deep understanding of the complexities of the industry and the specialised technical knowledge to have a real impact – to pursue sector management careers and shape the energy and resources industry of the future.

WSP Group
WSP is a global design engineering and management consultancy specialising in Property, Transport & Infrastructure, Industry and Environment projects. WSP works with clients worldwide to create built and natural environments for the future. WSP designs sustainability strategies and delivers integrated energy solutions for some of the world’s most renowned blue chip corporations. WSP works with national and international businesses to address important issues related to the carbon agenda, climate change and sustainability.

WNA Official Partner for Nuclear Power Asia 2012

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The World Nuclear Association is the official partner for the Nuclear Power Asia 2012 conference, to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 31 January - 1 February next year. The conference will together nuclear stakeholders at the region’s largest nuclear power event, with 250 attendees, 40 global nuclear expert speakers and 20 exhibitors expected to attend. 

The conference will look at key questions including: 

• How to embark on long-term capacity building for future NPP Owner/Operator?
• What are the challenges in developing nuclear power infrastructure and are there
new approaches to address such challenges?
• Reactor design - the new safety assessment criteria; how much have things changed?
• Has it become more “expensive” to finance nuclear new build?

The conference programme features a strong mix of international and regional experts. The opening keynote session will be moderated by WNA Director General John Ritch. 

More details can be found on the conference website at

WNA drafts new fuel safety criteria

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WNA has drafted a new set of nuclear fuel safety criteria – these are specifically tailored for industry players involved with the development of new fuels that can offer higher safety margins, thereby addressing one of the concerns deriving from the Fukushima accident. WNA is cooperating with the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) in this effort.

CORDEL launches new harmonisation pilot project

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The CORDEL Working Group has launched a Pilot Project on harmonisation of mechanical codes and standards in two areas of priority:

  1. The stress allowables and analysis methods used in the design of pressure equipment
  2. Qualifications of welding and NDE/T operators.

The pilot project is to be run in agreement with the Standards Developing Organisations (SDOs) and Regulators (MDEP CSWG members).

WNA member companies wishing to support this initiative are invited to nominate experts to help with delivering the scope of the Pilot Project.

If your company is in a position to contribute, please contact CORDEL secretariat, further information is on the WNA Member's website.

NEI's Uranium Fuel Seminar

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WNA's Ian Emsley participated in the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Uranium Fuel Seminar in Scottsdale, Arizona (24-26 October). An address by Commissioner William Magwood (NRC) provided an opportunity for NEI members to obtain clarification of the NRC policy and approach. The NEI was able to record that nuclear power has largely recovered its overall favourable rating in US public opinion, while a number of presentations pointed to the difficulties and increased costs of mining uranium in the US and elsewhere.