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15 Jan (NucNet): US-based small modular reactor (SMR) developer NuScale Power has signed an agreement with the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) to evaluate the potential for deployment of NuScale’s SMR nuclear power plant design in Jordan.
11 Jan (NucNet): The nuclear sector in the US is under stress because it has been taken for granted in “a perfect storm” created by very low natural gas prices, very low demand increases for electricity and subsidies for other types of generation, Nuclear Energy Institute president and chief executi
10 Jan (NucNet): Unit 2 of the Haiyang nuclear power station in Shandong province, northeast China, has begun commercial operation, becoming the fourth Westinghouse AP1000 unit in China to reach the milestone.
10 Jan (NucNet): Belgium’s nuclear fleet produced 48% of the country’s electricity in 2018, making it the country’s main source of energy, the Brussels-based Belgian Nuclear Forum has said.
8 Jan (NucNet): Fortum’s two-unit Loviisa nuclear power station in Finland generated 7.79 TWh (net) of electricity in 2018, more than 11% of the country’s total electricity production, the company said.
4 Jan (NucNet): India’s Department of Atomic Energy told parliament yesterday that 21 new nuclear power reactors with a total installed capacity of 15,700 MW are expected to be completed in the country by 2031.
2 Jan (NucNet): Bill Gates has urged the US to invest in nuclear power research, noting that the country is no longer the global leader on nuclear energy that it was 50 years ago.
28 Dec (NucNet): Unit 4 of the Tianwan nuclear power station in China has entered commercial operation. It began supplying power to the country’s national grid on 22 December 2018, China National Nuclear Corporation said.
21 Dec (NucNet): The UK government has begun a new search to find a site to host a multi-billion-pound deep geological repository for higher-level radioactive waste, which is currently stored at various sites across the country.
19 Dec (NucNet): There are 454 commercially operational nuclear power reactors in 30 countries, with 54 units under construction worldwide, the latest edition of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s ‘Country Nuclear Power Profiles’, or CNPP, says.
18 Dec (NucNet): The US Department of Energy should start a national programme of research and technology to build a compact pilot plant that produces electricity from fusion at the lowest possible capital cost, says a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
17 Dec (NucNet): After two weeks of crunch negotiations the 197 parties gathered in Katowice, Poland, for the United Nations COP24 two-week climate change conference, adopted a “robust” set of implementing guidelines for the 2015 Paris agreement, aimed at keeping global warming well below 2C compare
13 Dec (NucNet): The continued growth of nuclear energy will see demand for uranium continue to rise for the foreseeable future with supply more than adequate to meet projected requirements, according to the latest edition of ‘Uranium – Resources, Production and Demand’, also known as the Red Book.
12 Dec (NucNet): The volume of uranium mined in Kazakhstan in the first 11 months of this year fell by 7% to 19,600 tonnes (tU), with declining inventories continuing to see a rally that has seen prices for the nuclear material increase by more than 20% in 2018.
10 Dec (NucNet): The single-unit Borssele nuclear power station in the Netherlands continues to operate as one of the top 25% water-cooled and water-moderated power reactors in the EU, the US and Canada, a committee established to evaluate the facility has concluded.
6 Dec (NucNet): Taiwan’s cabinet today announced it has agreed to abolish the target it had previously set of making Taiwan a nuclear-free country by 2025, instead opting to make the planned nuclear phaseout a more long-term objective.
4 Dec (NucNet): Russia and Argentina have signed an agreement to explore the possibility of the construction of nuclear plants and floating nuclear plants for the South American country, Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said.
3 Dec (NucNet): The World Bank is doubling its current five-year investments to around $200bn in support for countries to take ambitious climate action, a move the bank said represents significantly ramped up ambition and sends an important signal to the global community to do the same.
29 Nov (NucNet): Regular electricity production at the Olkiluoto-3 EPR unit under construction in Finland will begin in January 2020, a delay of about four months from the previous schedule, nuclear operator Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) said today.
28 Nov (NucNet): The European Commission has published a new strategy document calling for the European Union to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, with nuclear playing a role in the effort.
28 Nov (NucNet): French president Emmanuel Macron has said the country will move more slowly than promised to limit the amount of energy it derives from nuclear.
26 Nov (NucNet): The Netherlands has significantly strengthened its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety since 2014, particularly by establishing a single independent regulatory body, an International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts has said.
23 Nov (NucNet): State-owned China National Nuclear Corporation is capable of building more than 10 new nuclear power units a year and “multiple” new sites are fully prepared for construction,” company president Yu Jianfeng said at a press conference.
22 Nov (NucNet): If Europe is serious about decarbonising its economy by 2050 then one quarter of the electricity produced in the EU will need to come from nuclear, although the cost of new nuclear will need to fall significantly if it is to be viable, a study commissioned by Brussels-based industry
22 Nov (NucNet): An energy mix that includes nuclear power helps to stabilise electricity prices because its fuel source, uranium, is abundantly available and its price has little impact on production costs, the World Nuclear Spotlight Poland conference concluded.
20 Nov (NucNet): Poland must invest in a new low-carbon energy source if it is to reduce its CO2 emissions with nuclear energy a potential solution to the challenges facing the Polish economy and the energy sector, Polish energy minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski told the inaugural World Nuclear Spotlig
16 Nov (NucNet): The EU is on course to more than double the 1.5 degrees Celsius that scientists say is a moderately safe level of warming, according to a study that ranks the climate goals of different countries.
13 Nov (NucNet): Strong government policies to electrify the energy sector could see nuclear capacity increase moderately until 2040, but with a significant geographical shift towards China, India and Russia, the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2018 says.
13 Nov (NucNet): An International Atomic Energy Agency team has called on Japan’s government to urgently decide on how to dispose of treated water containing tritium and other residual radionuclides from the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station.
12 Nov (NucNet): Voters in Arizona overwhelmingly rejected a constitutional amendment that would have required 50% of Arizona’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030, the Washington-based Nuclear Energy Institute said.
8 Nov (NucNet): Toshiba has today confirmed plans to wind up its UK nuclear arm NuGeneration, which was leading a project to develop the Moorside nuclear power station in Cumbria, northwest England.
6 Nov (NucNet): Belgium’s nuclear regulator has approved work to replace part of a leaking pipe in the emergency cooling water circuit that led to the shut-down of the Doel-1 nuclear power plant in April.
2 Nov (NucNet): China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) is looking to increase investment in overseas uranium mining to ensure fuel supply for the expected growth in its domestic nuclear power generation, Reuters reported a company official as saying.
1 Nov (NucNet): Nucleoelectrica Argentina, the state-run operator of the Atucha-1 nuclear power unit in Argentina, has made progress in ageing management and preparedness for the long-term operation (LTO) of the unit, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) peer review mission said.
31 Oct (NucNet): The net capacity of both nuclear power units at the Loviisa nuclear power station in Finland is now 507 MW (net) after modification and improvement work carried out during recent outages, owner and operator Fortum told NucNet in an email.
30 Oct (NucNet): The European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (Ensreg) has approved the first topical peer review report on ageing management of nuclear power plants and research reactors.
18 Oct (NucNet): Environmentalists and civil society groups will rally in Munich, Germany this Sunday to demand a halt to nuclear plant closures, which they say are increasing air pollution and locking-in fossil fuels.
15 Oct (NucNet): Europe risks losing much of its nuclear research capacity because of a “crisis in political vision” on energy issues and limited public funds, the European Atomic Energy Society says in a position paper published today.
12 Oct (NucNet): The Trump administration will limit sales of US civil nuclear technology to China because of concerns that it is being diverted for military and other unauthorised purposes, the Department of Energy confirmed in a statement.
12 Oct (NucNet): Any realistic plan for decarbonising the planet must include building 100 to 200 new nuclear reactors worldwide each year for the next few decades, experts have said in an article published in The Huffington Post.
11 Oct (NucNet): The UK remains on track to have all the international agreements that it requires to ensure uninterrupted cooperation and trade in the civil nuclear sector ready for Brexit at the end of March 2019, Greg Clark, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said
8 Oct (NucNet): The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.
5 Oct (NucNet): A grand jury in Pennsylvania has indicted seven defendants, all officers in the Russian intelligence directorate (GRU), for computer hacking, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering, including the attempted hacking of nuclear reactor company Westinghouse Electric
4 Oct (NucNet): Commissioning tests at the Olkiluoto-3 nuclear unit under construction in Finland have not been progressing in line with an updated schedule issued by plant supplier Areva-Siemens in June, nuclear operator Teollisuuden Voima Oyj said in a statement to the stock exchange on 3 October
2 Oct (NucNet): Russia has begun loading fuel into the second of two nuclear reactor units on the floating nuclear power station Akademik Lomonosov, state nuclear corporation Rosatom said.
28 Sep (NucNet): The World Association of Nuclear Operators today called on new entrants to the nuclear industry to engage with it earlier in the construction and commissioning process so they can benefit from maximum support for safe and reliable startup.
26 Sep (NucNet): History shows that new nuclear generating capacity can be deployed as quickly as coal and gas-fired capacity, but the high capital cost of new nuclear plants remains “a fundamental obstacle” which the industry needs to tackle, a report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology En
19 Sep (NucNet): Inspections in August at the Tihange-2 and Doel-4 nuclear power plants in Belgium have shown concrete degradation in the ceilings of bunkerised buildings that house backup safety systems for the plants, the nuclear regulator has said.
17 Sep (NucNet): The single-unit Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey is scheduled to be permanently shut down today after 49 years of commercial operation – the seventh US nuclear power plant to retire in the past five years.
13 Sep (NucNet): The UK government has announced that eight organisations have been awarded contracts to produce feasibility studies as part of the first phase of an advanced small modular reactor feasibility and development project for which £44m of funding is available.
13 Sep (NucNet): The US nuclear regulator’s resident inspectors at nuclear stations in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are reviewing the plant operators’ preparations in advance of Hurricane Florence, projected to make landfall in the area by the end of this week.
12 Sep (NucNet): More than 60 employees at Toshiba’s NuGen unit — the company tasked with building three Westinghouse Generation III+ AP1000 units at Moorside in Cumbria, northwest England — will lose their jobs, the company announced on 11 September 2018.
11 Sep (NucNet): France’s state-controlled utility and nuclear operator EDF needs to show a new generation of nuclear reactors work well, which is not for now the case, new environment minister Francois de Rugy said in remarks published in Le Monde yesterday.
11 Sep (NucNet): French nuclear group Orano has inaugurated a €1.15bn uranium conversion plant at its Tricastin site in southern France.
7 Sep (NucNet): A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation designed to help the US regain its lead in nuclear energy technology in the face of increasing global competition, the Washington-based Nuclear Energy Institute said.
7 Sep (NucNet): The nuclear industry must defend itself against the growing risk of cyberattack by investing in the continuous improvement of cybersecurity measures at all nuclear facilities and building “mutual assistance mechanisms and shared resources” for responding to cyberattacks, a report by
3 Sep (NucNet): The cause of a small leak in the emergency cooling water circuit of the Doel-1 nuclear power reactor in Belgium has not yet been determined and the unit will remain offline until tests and repairs are concluded, the nuclear regulator said.
30 Aug (NucNet): Unit-4 of the Takahama nuclear power station in Japan will be restarted on 31 August 2018 following a periodic inspection that lasted almost four months, owner and operator Kansai Electric Power Company said.
27 Aug (NucNet): Plans to expand the South Africa’s nuclear power capacity by building up to 9,600 MW of new nuclear plants have been put on hold at least until 2030, the government has announced.
23 Aug (NucNet): If the UK and the EU fail to reach an agreement on Brexit terms, the UK will no longer be a member of the Euratom R&T programme, no longer be a member of Fusion for Energy, and will no longer be able to collaborate on the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) proje
23 Aug (NucNet): Slovenske elektrarne has successfully completed cold testing at Unit 3 of the Mochovce nuclear power station under construction in western Slovakia, the company said in a statement on 23 August 2018.
1 Aug (NucNet): The UK government’s decision to procure a two-unit, 3.2 GW nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C is a big risk, but also represents a crucial opportunity for the conventional nuclear industry, which is under significant financial stress, to rebuild itself, a briefing paper by rese
19 Jul (NucNet): Ukraine’s nuclear regulator has approved a 20-year extension of the operating licence for the Rovno-3 nuclear power plant.
19 Jul (NucNet): Hot functional testing has been completed at the Olkiluoto-3 EPR nuclear unit under construction in Finland with regular electricity generation scheduled for September 2019, four months later than expected, Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) said.
17 Jul (NucNet): Global investment in nuclear power declined by nearly 45% to $17bn in 2017 due to a 70% fall in spending on new plants coming online during the year to $9 billion, which more than offset an increase in spending on existing plants, a report published today by the International Energy
11 Jul (NucNet): A €31m plasma melting plant has started operations at the site of the Kozloduy nuclear power station in what has been called a breakthrough for Bulgaria in the treatment and disposal of radioactive waste.
9 Jul (NucNet): The Bangladeshi Atomic Energy Regulator has issued a licence approving the design and construction of the second Russia-supplied Generation III+ VVER nuclear power unit at the Rooppur nuclear power station, about 150 km west of the capital Dhaka.
3 Jul (NucNet): Unit 1 of the Sanmen nuclear power station in eastern China has been connected to the grid, making it the first AP1000 to achieve grid connection and power generation, plant supplier Westinghouse said in a statement on 30 June 2018.
29 Jun (NucNet): Unit 1 of the two-unit Taishan nuclear power station in China was connected to the grid at 17:59 local time today, becoming the world’s first EPR to achieve grid connection and power generation, China General Nuclear International (CGN) and EDF Group have announced.
27 Jun (NucNet): Continuous improvement in reactor designs in the coming years could make nuclear power more cost-effective and help to alleviate public concerns on issues such as safety and waste disposal, International Atomic Energy Agency director-general Yukiya Amano said in his keynote address
26 Jun (NucNet): The World Association of Nuclear Operators has called on its members to build on the progress they have made on safety since the March 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident in Japan by further developing the leadership skills of key staff.
26 Jun (NucNet): The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) under construction in the south of France remains on track to achieve first plasma in 2025 and full-power operation in 2035, the Iter Council, Iter’s governing body, has said.
26 Jun (NucNet): Global nuclear generation grew by 1.1% in 2017 with growth in China and Japan partially offset by declines in South Korea and Taiwan, a report says.
25 Jun (NucNet): A full-scale in-situ system test for spent nuclear fuel disposal is expected to begin this week at Posiva’s planned final deep geologic disposal facility at Olkiluoto, Finland.
22 Jun (NucNet): Bulgaria is committed to the safe management of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel, but should avoid limiting the timeframe for its national strategy for spent fuel and radioactive waste to 2030 and should make financial provisions for deep geological disposal, an Internationa
22 Jun (NucNet): UK-based engineering and technical services company Wood has launched a fund that will invest in technologies for nuclear decommissioning developed by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
19 Jun (NucNet): The US Department of Energy has announced nearly $64m in awards for advanced nuclear energy technology to national laboratories, industry, and 39 US universities in 29 states.
Canada’s Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has begun reassembling the 878-MW Darlington-2 nuclear power unit as part of refurbishment works which started in 2016.
14 Jun (NucNet): The premature shutdown of nuclear power units in France would jeopardise the country’s energy security and hamper efforts to reduce carbon emissions, Valérie Faudon, head of the French Nuclear Energy Society (SFEN), told NucNet.
14 Jun (NucNet): The Olkiluoto-3 EPR unit under construction in Finland is scheduled to begin regular electricity generation in September 2019, nuclear operator Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) said in a statement yesterday.
11 Jun (NucNet): Russia and China have signed two deals for the construction of four Generation III+ VVER-1200 units at the Xudabao and Tianwan sites during Russian president Vladimir Putin’s official visit to Beijing on 8 June 2018, said a statement by Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.
8 Jun (NucNet): First criticality has been achieved at Taishan-1, China’s first Generation III EPR unit which is under construction in the southeastern province of Guangdong, EDF’s head of new nuclear and engineering Xavier Ursat said on his official Twitter account.
7 Jun (NucNet): Nuclear seems to be the “elephant in the room” for many decision makers at EU level, Yves Desbazeille, director-general of Brussels-based industry group Foratom, told a nuclear conference in Varna , Bulgaria.
6 Jun (NucNet): Japan’s Ohi-4 nuclear reactor unit in Fukui Prefecture, southwest Japan, entered commercial operation mode yesterday at 16:00 local time, operator Kansai Electric Power Company said in a statement.
4 Jun (NucNet): The Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (Stuk) approved the lifetime extension application for the Olkiluoto-1 and -2 nuclear reactor units and submitted its conclusion to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment on 31 May.
1 Jun (NucNet): Japan’s Toshiba Corporation is to withdraw from the project to build two of its advanced boiling water reactors (ABWRs) at the existing South Texas Project nuclear site in the US.
29 May (NucNet): Nigeria has a roadmap that lays out plans for it to have its first commercial nuclear power plants by the mid-2020s and “three more in five to 10 years”, according to the head of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, Simon Pesco Mallam.
25 May (NucNet): The fifth unit of the Yangjiang nuclear power station in China’s southern province of Guangdong has generated power to the grid for the first time, plant owner China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) said.
24 May (NucNet): The dome has been installed on the containment building of Unit 3 at the Fangchenggang nuclear power plant under construction in Guangxi province, southern China, China General Nuclear said.
23 May (NucNet): If the world is serious about reducing emissions and improving economies, governments must consider all options when it comes to carbon-free power, including clean, reliable nuclear energy, Dan Brouillette, deputy secretary of the US Department of Energy, said.
22 May (NucNet): The UK’s nuclear energy industry has welcomed confirmation by prime minister Theresa May that the government intends to seek associate status to Euratom R&D programmes.
21 May (NucNet): Russia’s first commercial floating nuclear power station, the Akademik Lomonosov, has arrived in the port city of Murmansk in the far northwest of Russia where it will be loaded with nuclear fuel, state nuclear corporation Rosatom said.
18 May (NucNet): The Czech government has postponed a decision on building new nuclear units, saying it needed more time to evaluate the impact on its budget and find out EU views on state aid for such a project, reports said today.
17 May (NucNet): China is on course to lead the world in the deployment of nuclear power technology by 2030 and should it succeed, China will assume global leadership in nuclear technology development, industrial capacity, and nuclear energy governance, a report says.
15 May (NucNet): The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has conducted its first assessment of Afghanistan’s cancer care needs, a statement by the agency said.
10 May (NucNet): Japan’s Ohi-4 nuclear reactor unit in Fukui Prefecture, southwest Japan, is scheduled to be connected to the grid on 11 May 2018 with full commercial operation resuming on 14 May, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum said.
7 May (NucNet): European Union energy policy should take account of the flexibility nuclear power could provide alongside intermittent renewables for the bloc’s electricity system, the Brussels-based nuclear industry group Foratom has said.
4 May (NucNet): NASA and the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has successfully demonstrated a new nuclear reactor power system that could enable long-duration crewed missions to the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond.
30 Apr (NucNet): Russia has begun towing its first commercial floating nuclear power station, the Akademik Lomonosov, to the port city of Murmansk in the far northwest of Russia, state nuclear corporation Rosatom said.
26 Apr (NucNet): The loading of nuclear fuel has begun at the Sanmen-1 Generation III+ Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactor unit under construction in eastern China, technology provider Westinghouse said on 25 April 2018.
20 Apr (NucNet): Russia will start towing its first commercial floating nuclear power station, the Akademik Lomonosov, to the port city of Murmansk in the far northwest of Russia in “approximately one week”, the director-general of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said on 19 April 2018.
19 Apr (NucNet): The company behind a Denmark-based project to develop and commercialise a molten salt reactor (MSR) has closed its first round of pre-seed investment, attracting “several millions” of Danish kroner.
17 Apr (NucNet): Vastly increased electricity production including “a key role” for nuclear energy is a cornerstone of Bangladesh’s push for development with the goal of connecting 2.7 million more homes to the grid by 2021, Mohammad Shawkat Akbar, managing director of Nuclear Power Plant Company Ba
3 Apr (NucNet): The Belgian government has approved a new energy strategy that will see the country phase out its fleet of seven commercial nuclear plants between 2022 and 2025.
30 Mar (NucNet): The US electricity grid is enduring “unprecedented tumult and challenge” because of the loss of thousands and thousands of megawatts of carbon-free, fuel-secure generation that nuclear plants represent, Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) president and chief executive officer Maria Korsn
9 Mar (NucNet): The government has made substantial progress in talks with key international partners to have new bilateral nuclear cooperation agreements and ensure that arrangements are in place for continuity for the nuclear sector when the UK leaves Euratom, the minister for business and energy
5 Mar (NucNet): Students from Kenya, Tanzania, Tunisia and South Africa will get online access to the facilities of a research reactor in Morocco for nuclear education and training following an agreement signed on1 March 2018, the International Atomic Energy Agency said.
5 Mar (NucNet): Net profit for Russian state-owned nuclear operator Rosenergoatom increased by more than four times in 2017 to 45.98 billion rubles, (€654m, $804m), up from 10.6 billion rubles in 2016, the independent news agency Interfax reported, citing the company’s accounting records.
26 Feb (NucNet): The UK nuclear industry has welcomed comments in a speech by opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn that after Brexit he would want the country to remain a member of Euratom, the treaty which governs the use of nuclear energy and nuclear materials in the EU.
23 Feb (NucNet): French state-controlled power group EDF said some weldings on its new Flamanville-3 nuclear reactor did not meet required specifications, but this would not affect safety or the schedule to start up the plant at the end of 2018.
23 Feb (NucNet): The International Atomic Energy Agency has begun an Operational Safety Review Team (Osart) mission at the two-unit Almaraz nuclear station in central Spain – the 200th review of its kind carried out by the Vienna-based United Nations agency.
22 Feb (NucNet): China is set to more than triple its nuclear energy capacity over the next 20 years, overtaking the US to become the world’s largest nuclear power producer, according to the International Energy Agency.
13 Feb (NucNet): The White House has pledged $120m (€97m) of funding in its 2019 federal budget proposal for the planned Yucca Mountain deep geological repository in Nevada, the US Department of Energy (DOE) said in a statement.
31 Jan (NucNet): Nuclear energy contributes to the European Union’s three key energy objectives laid out in the bloc’s energy union initiative of security of supply, competitiveness and environmental sustainability, Yves Desbazeille, director-general of industry group Foratom, told journalists in Br
31 Jan (NucNet): NRG, the world’s largest producer of medical isotopes, said it has become the first facility in Europe to stop using high-enriched uranium (HEU) in the production process.
19 Jan (NucNet): Initial tests in Nevada on a compact nuclear fission system designed to sustain a long-duration NASA human mission on the inhospitable surface of Mars have been successful and a full-power run is scheduled for March, officials said on 18 January 2018.