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Published: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:47:21 GMT
Plans for the decommissioning of three nuclear power units in Japan's Fukui Prefecture have been submitted to the country's nuclear regulator for approval. Mihama units 1 and 2 and unit 1 of the Tsuruga plant were among five reactors officially taken out of service last April.
Published: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:53:47 GMT
Demolition work has begun on building K-27, the last of five gaseous diffusion uranium enrichment facilities at the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The US Department of Energy plans to remove all gaseous diffusion buildings from the site by the end of the year under its Vision 2016 project.
Published: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:22:07 GMT
The government of Australia's Northern Territory has decided not to prosecute Energy Resources of Australia over the December 2013 failure of a leach tank at the Ranger uranium mine and has closed its investigation into the incident.
Published: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:21:02 GMT
Canada has marked the fortieth anniversary of operations at the world's largest cyclotron accelerator, the 520 MeV Main Cyclotron at the Triumf national laboratory for particle physics. Celebrations were attended by science minister Kirsty Duncan.
Published: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:40:36 GMT
French utility EDF will need to spend some €100 billion ($113 billion) on upgrading its fleet of 58 nuclear power reactors by 2030, the country's state audit office has said. The upgrades are needed to meet new safety requirements and to extend the lives of the units beyond 40 years.
Published: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:56:00 GMT
Russia's gross domestic product gains three roubles for every one invested in building a nuclear power plant in the country, and two roubles for units built abroad, Rosatom deputy director general Kirill Komarov said in an interview with Vestnik Atomproma published on the state nuclear corporation's website yesterday.
Published: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:34:38 GMT
The installation of the equipment required for forming a wall of frozen soil at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to prevent groundwater entering the reactor buildings has been completed. Approval from the Japanese regulator must be sought before the creation of the wall itself can begin.
Published: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:56:49 GMT
US President Barack Obama wants to scrap the Department of Energy's project at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina that was designed to take plutonium no longer needed for nuclear weapons and turn it into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors.
Published: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:28:08 GMT
The Areva-Siemens consortium has updated its arbitration claim against Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj to some €3.52 billion ($3.96 billion). The claim relates to delays in the construction of the first-of-a-kind EPR unit at Olkiluoto.
Published: Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:34:03 GMT
The Japanese cabinet has approved a bill aimed at "taking measures necessary for the steady implementation of the reprocessing of used nuclear fuel". The bill creates a new entity responsible for reprocessing and introduces a new system for funding it.
Published: Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:15:25 GMT
Russia's Kurchatov Institute and state nuclear corporation Rosatom have signed a cooperation agreement "to harness synergies in the joint development of promising new technologies and the modernization of existing technology in the nuclear power and energy transport sector".
Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:42:12 GMT
An EU Council of Ministers working group has recommended the European Atomic Energy Community's (Euratom's) participation in the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) be extended for a further ten years. The final adoption of this decision by the Council of Ministers is expected soon.
Published: Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:25:59 GMT
UPDATED Cameco has reported resource figures for the Fox Lake uranium deposit for the first time, at the end of a quarter which also saw the company write down CAD 210 million ($151 million) related to its Rabbit Lake operation.
Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:44:51 GMT
Two Swiss expert groups have today released reports supporting the repository siting proposals put forward by the country's national radioactive waste disposal cooperative Nagra. However, they call for further investigations to be carried out in the Nördlich Lägern region.
Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:52:12 GMT
India yesterday deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:21:55 GMT
The UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation today published a list of events reported to the authority over 14 years and has concluded that "the total number has increased over recent years, but the number of those that are of nuclear safety significance has not".
Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:53:39 GMT
The Wendelstein 7-X - the world's largest stellarator-type fusion device - started scientific operation yesterday with the production of its first hydrogen plasma, the actual investigation object.
Published: Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:53:10 GMT
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has approved the expenditure of a further $200 million on the completion of Watts Bar 2, which would bring final spending on the project to a total of up to $4.7 billion.
Published: Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:48:56 GMT
Swedish utility Vattenfall has announced a loss of SEK19.8 billion ($2.4 billion) in 2015, its third consecutive annual loss. It attributed this partly to continued low electricity prices and unprofitable Swedish nuclear power reactors.
Published: Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:16:47 GMT
Enusa and Tecnatom of Spain have agreed to cooperate with China's Suzhou Nuclear Power Research Institute in the field of nuclear fuel inspection systems.
Published: Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:17:22 GMT
Japan's nuclear regulator has given the go-ahead to Chubu Electric Power Company to start removing "peripheral" equipment from units 1 and 2 of its Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Shizuoka prefecture. Both units were permanently shut down in January 2009.
Published: Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:38:15 GMT
Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers has approved a revised project to upgrade the South Ukraine nuclear power plant's water supply system, increasing its annual electricity output by up to 2.5 terawatt hours. Energoatom said yesterday that the project aims to "remove restrictions" on the plant caused by the insufficient cooling capacity of the Tashlykskaya reservoir.
Published: Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:14:42 GMT
King Abdullah II of Jordan has stressed the importance of moving ahead with the country's plans for nuclear energy, calling for Jordan to become a role model for the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
Published: Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:01:37 GMT
The governments of Denmark and Greenland have confirmed the signing of a series of agreements last month setting the framework for future cooperation on foreign, defence and security policy issues related to the mining and commercial export of uranium.
Published: Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:36:18 GMT
Niger has approved GoviEx's mining permit application for the Madaouela 1 tenement area, the company announced today. The approval means that the project is now fully permitted for construction and production.
Published: Tue, 02 Feb 2016 10:59:10 GMT
Cold function tests have been completed at unit 1 of the Taishan nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province. The unit is expected to start up in the first half of next year and will be the first EPR reactor to begin operating.
Published: Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:32:57 GMT
French diplomats met with Ukrainian parliamentarians last week to discuss increased cooperation between the two countries in nuclear energy. Ukrainian nuclear power plant operator Energoatom announced on 29 January that a meeting with the parliamentary Committee on the Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety had been held the previous day on the initiative of the French embassy in Kiev.
Published: Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:35:23 GMT
Russian and Bulgarian companies have signed a contract to extend the operating life of unit 6 of the Kozloduy nuclear power plant to 60 years. The agreement - between Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant plc and a consortium of Russia's Rusatom Services and Bulgaria's Risk Engineering Ltd - was signed during a meeting of the Bulgarian-Russian intergovernmental commission on economic and scientific-technical cooperation in Sofia yesterday, by Evgeny Sal'kov, general director of Rusatom Services, and Dimitar Angelov, executive director of Kozloduy NPP plc.
Published: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:43:53 GMT
A prototype fuel assembly for use in China's Hualong One reactor design has completed the first fuel cycle irradiation test. Construction of three Hualong One units has already begun in China.
Published: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:17:09 GMT
Kansai Electric Power Company today restarted unit 3 of its Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture. The company soon plans to start loading fuel into unit 4 at the plant ahead of its restart.
Published: Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:36:28 GMT
Developers and potential customers of small modular reactors (SMRs) on 27 January signed a memorandum of understanding to set up the SMR Smart consortium to advance the commercialization of SMR reactor designs.
Published: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:23:21 GMT
Areva's board of directors has given a mandate to its CEO to finalize negotiations on EDF's acquisition of a majority stake in its nuclear reactor business. The moves follows agreement by the two companies on the final valuation of Areva NP.
Published: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:39:53 GMT
Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Nucleoeléctrica Argentina SA (NASA) for technological cooperation.
Published: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:01:46 GMT
The UK's Sellafield Ltd has arranged GBP500 million ($715 million) of socioeconomic investment via a Decommissioning Delivery Partnership framework. The package includes jobs, apprenticeships and work for small- and medium-sized businesses.
Published: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:57:07 GMT
The dome has been installed upon the containment building of unit 6 at the Yangjiang nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province. The milestone marks the end of major civil engineering works at the unit.
Published: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:45:31 GMT
EDF has again delayed making a final investment decision for the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the UK. A decision had been expected by the end of 2015.
Published: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:02:05 GMT
China's State Council has today issued its first white paper on nuclear energy, detailing policies and measures to boost nuclear emergency preparedness and promoting nuclear security. Nuclear safety, it says, has been strengthened in parallel with development of its nuclear industry.
Published: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:40:21 GMT
Rosgeologia, the Russian state-run geological exploration services company, has identified "promising" uranium deposits in the North-West Federal District of Russia. The announcement yesterday followed completion of a survey of the Kuol-Panayarvinskaya area on the border of the Murmansk region and the Republic of Karelia.
Published: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:56:38 GMT
AEM Technology has completed welding of the lower half of the VVER-1200 reactor vessel for unit 2 of the Belarus nuclear power plant, in Ostrovets, in the Grodno region. The upper half of the reactor vessel was completed in December.
Published: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:20:30 GMT
One person was killed and another injured today by a tunnel collapse within an underground laboratory operated by French waste management agency Andra. The laboratory, near Bure in the Meuse/Haute Marne area, is assessing the site for its suitability to house a national radioactive waste repository.
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