The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it will issue an early site permit to the Tennessee Valley Authority for the Clinch River site in west Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where small modular nuclear reactors could eventually be built.
The early site permit closes several site-related issues, including
Europe’s nuclear energy industry has welcomed an agreement between the European council, parliament and commission on new criteria to determine whether an economic activity is environmentally sustainable and the fact that it does not blacklist nuclear energy.
The government of Japan and Tokyo Electric Power Company plan to start removing melted fuel from Unit 2 at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station in 2021, according to the latest decommissioning plan.
The draft plan, revised for the fifth time and released on 2 November, said Unit 2 was picked
Russia’s state nuclear fuel company Tvel has shipped to India the final consignment of uranium fuel pellets for the country’s boiling water reactors. The total volume of pellets exceeded 50 tonnes and all shipments were carried out in 2019.
The pellets were produced at Elemash, a Tvel fabrication f
UN secretary-general António Guterres has warned of the accelerating impact of climate change and said the international community’s efforts to meet emissions reduction targets have been “utterly inadequate.”
Speaking on the first day of the UN climate change conference, known as COP25, in Madrid,
A longstanding challenge to retrieve abandoned, highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel assemblies has been completed as part of a decade-long international collaboration to address nuclear and radiological risks at Andreeva Bay in Russia, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said.
The Leningrad 2-1 nuclear power plant in western Russia has been reconnected to the grid and is operating at 100% capacity after a period of preventive maintenance, state nuclear corporation Rosatom said.
The scheduled maintenance was the first since the Generation III+ VVER V-491 pressurised water
A group of academics, trade unions, professional bodies, and non-governmental organisations in the UK has called for politicians from all parties to support the “crucial” role of nuclear power in tackling climate change, the UK Nuclear Industry Association said.
Japan’s industry ministry said it will be safe to release water contaminated by the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident into the ocean, stressing that on an annual basis the amount of radiation measured near the release point would be very small compared to levels to which humans are naturally expose
China has begun construction of two new reactor units at the Changjiang nuclear station in the island province of Hainan off the country’s southeast coast, state media reported on Monday following a signing ceremony.
The China Nuclear Energy Association also confirmed the news, saying each unit wil
Ending funding for the commercial production of the medical radioisotope technetium-99m (Tc-99m) by governments of producing countries could help solve continuing supply problems, a Nuclear Energy Agency report said.
According to the report, the current structure of the supply chain for medical rad
Work on the two-unit Vogtle nuclear station construction project in the US state of Georgia is on schedule to meet revised targets of commercial operation in November 2021 and November 2022, Stephen Kuczynski, president of Southern Nuclear, said.
Mr Kuczynski told a Public Service Commission hearin
R&D on the design of Russia’s BN-1200 fast neutron reactor is scheduled to be complete before the end of 2021 and in 2022 state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom will decide whether or not to go ahead with construction, a conference heard.
Rosatom’s Vladimir Asmolov told Atomeco 2019 in Hungary th
US-based companies Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) and X-energy have agreed to cooperate on the production of Triso nuclear fuel to potentially supply the US Department of Defense for micro-reactors and NASA for its nuclear thermal propulsion needs.
GNF said in a statement that the two companies will wor
Centrus Energy has signed a three-year contract with the US Department of Energy to deploy a cascade of centrifuges to demonstrate production of high-assay, low-enriched uranium (Haleu) fuel for advanced reactors.
The programme has been under way since Centrus, based in the US state of Maryland, a
Candu Energy, a member of Canada’s SNC-Lavalin Group, and its consortium partner Ansaldo Nucleare of Italy, have been awarded a CAD13.9m (€9.5m) contract by Romania’s national nuclear company Nuclearelectrica for engineering services at the 650 MW Cernavodă -1 nuclear power reactor.
Rafael Mariano Grossi of Argentina today received the majority required in an International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors ballot to be appointed new director-general of the Vienna-based organisation.
In a closed session, Mr Grossi received the support of 24 members of the 35-nation board
Sweden’s nuclear regulator SSM has supported an application to expand and continue the operations of an existing repository for short-lived radioactive waste at Forsmark on the country’s eastern coast.
The government still has to take the final decision on the application for the repository near th
The international, 22-year effort to cover and seal off the damaged Chernobyl nuclear plant has been recognised as one of the 50 most influential projects of the past 50 years by the Project Management Institute, the global body for project management standards, certifications, and education, the Eu
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be difficult to achieve without a significant increase in the use of nuclear power, International Atomic Energy Agency acting director-general Cornel Feruță said today at the ope
French nuclear fuel cycle company Orano has signed has signed an agreement with Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) to collaborate on the decommissioning of nuclear facilities at the Fukushima site.
Orano said the agreement will cover technical solutions for the design, manufactur
The UK government has formally announced £220m (€247m, $271m) in funding for the conceptual design of a fusion power station – the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) – at the Culham fusion research centre in Oxfordshire.
A statement by the government said STEP will be an “innovative pla
Franco-German nuclear equipment consortium Framatome-Siemens has been awarded a contract to supply the main instrumentation and control (I&C) systems for the Hanhikivi-1 nuclear power plant to be built in northern Finland, project owner Fennovoima said.
The first batches of spent nuclear fuel removed from the former Soviet icebreaker service vessel Lepse have been shipped to Russia’s northern port of Murmansk in what marks a ‘milestone’ for international efforts to tackle the legacy of the operation of nuclear-powered ships in the Soviet Union.
Finnish nuclear waste management company Posiva announced it has laid the foundation stone for the encapsulation plant at its planned final deep geologic disposal facility at Olkiluoto, southwest Finland.
According to Posiva's president and chief executive Janne Mokka, the event is an “important st
The final flask of nuclear fuel has been shipped from the Wylfa Site on Anglesey, North Wales, to Sellafield in Cumbria, marking a major decommissioning milestone for the UK nuclear industry, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said.
Wylfa was the last and largest of the UK’s Magnox nuclear powe
Uzbekistan is committed to the use of nuclear technology and efforts are continuing to prepare for construction of the country’s first commercial nuclear power plant with an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contract scheduled to be signed by the end of the year.
Canada is committed to strengthening its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety, but the government should improve the policy and strategy for radioactive waste management, an International Atomic Energy Agency team said.
The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team also said
Barakah One Company has signed a memorandum of understanding with Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) laying out a general framework to explore opportunities for collaboration in new nuclear energy markets.
Barakah One, a subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec), said the t
Russia’s nuclear fuel company Tvel and the Centre for Energy Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences have signed a contract for the supply of Russian nuclear fuel for the Budapest research reactor.
Tvel did not say how much the long-term contract was worth, but said it is for fuel supplies s
The World Nuclear Association’s projections for nuclear generating capacity growth have been revised upwards for the first time in eight years, following the introduction of more favourable policies in a number of countries.
In a report published on Thursday the London-based industry group said tha
Unit 2 of the Novovoronezh 2 nuclear power station in southwest Russia has successfully gone through one month of test operation at 100% of its design capacity, Rosenergoatom, the operating subsidiary of state nuclear corporation Rosatom, announced.
The leader of the United Nations body responsible for assessing climate change science will headline a group of prominent speakers at the International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power, to be held in Vienna from 7 to 11 October.
Asia is driving growth in nuclear power generation with China’s 46 commercially operational nuclear reactors representing about 11% of the world’s nuclear capacity in 2018, a report by the London-based World Nuclear Association said.
According to the report, China connected a record 8.3 GW of new n
Finnish nuclear waste management company Posiva and construction company YIT have signed a €17m contract for the second phase of excavation works at the final disposal facility at Olkiluoto in in the southwest of Finland.
Posiva said the contract covers the excavation work for two central tunnels a
Tokyo Electric Power Company said today it may decommission one or more reactors at its Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power station in Niigata Prefecture, western Japan, within five years, after reactivating two idled reactors at the same facility.
Tepco president Tomoaki Kobayakawa mentioned for the
NuScale Power has finalised agreements with Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction (DHIC) and Sargent & Lundy to support deployment of its small modular reactor and provide cash investment in NuScale.
South Korea’s DHIC will bring its expertise in nuclear pressure vessel manufacturing and will jo
To remain at the forefront of the European energy and climate policy, Germany must be open to all low-carbon technologies, which includes for nuclear energy, at least for the foreseeable future, Die Welt newspaper said in an opinion article.
According to the daily, Germany’s energy transition is e
Unit 2 of the Novovoronezh 2 nuclear power station in southwest Russia has begun pilot operation and testing at 100% of capacity, Rosenergoatom, the operating subsidiary of state nuclear corporation Rosatom, announced.
The Generation III+ VVER-1200 plant, construction of which began in 2009, reache
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has resumed the vitrification of high-level radioactive waste at its Tokai reprocessing plant in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (Jaif) announced.
This is the first time vitrification has take place since a decommission
Nuclear fusion has the potential to be significantly cheaper than other clean baseload options and should be considered by policymakers and investors as a way of mitigating climate change, according to analysis into energy supply and demand commissioned by UK fusion energy pioneer First Light Fusion
The New Safe Confinement (NSC), a €1.5bn structure built to encase the destroyed reactor 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power station, was yesterday handed over to Ukraine for operation at an official ceremony, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said.
The long-term operation (LTO) of the domestic nuclear reactor fleet will help the European Union achieve its climate goals at an “affordable cost”, while also reducing energy import dependency, Brussels-based industry group Foratom has said.
In a position paper published today, Foratom said experts
The Czech government has approved a preliminary plan which sees a ČEZ subsidiary building a new nuclear power station at the existing Dukovany site in the south of the country, a statement by the government said.
According to the government, Elektrárna Dukovany II, a company to be wholly owned by s
The United Arab Emirates’ Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (Fanr) officially certified today the first group of reactor operators for the Barakah nuclear power station, a statement by the regulator said.
According to the statement, the certification is a “key requirement” in the process of
Belgium will need around 3.9 GW of new power generating capacity in order to cope with the shortage which is expected to arise from the country’s plans to phase out nuclear energy in 2025, Belgian grid operator Elia said.
Elia’s study on the adequacy and flexibility of Belgium’s electricity system
7 Jun (NucNet): Bulgaria is looking to attract Serbia, Montenegro and North Macedonia as potential investors in the two-unit Belene nuclear power station project, said Temenuzhka Petkova, Bulgaria’s energy minister.
4 Jun (NucNet): Entergy Corporation has said the decision to permanently shut down its Pilgrim-1 nuclear power plant in Massachusetts was a result of “a number of financial factors” including low wholesale energy prices.
31 May (NucNet): Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom plans to obtain permits for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Uzbekistan by the end of 2020 and to begin pouring first concrete at the turn of 2020-2021, state news agency Tass has reported.
30 May (NucNet): The European nuclear industry group Foratom has welcomed a report that concluded the world is facing a steep decline in the use of nuclear energy that could result in billions of tonnes of additional carbon emissions and problems meeting international climate targets.
30 May (NucNet): The operator of Russia’s Leningrad nuclear power station has strengthened operational safety, but more time is required to demonstrate the improvements are “fully effective and sustained”, the International Atomic Energy Agency said.
28 May (NucNet): The world is facing a steep decline in the use of nuclear energy that could result in billions of tonnes of additional carbon emissions and problems meeting international climate targets, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency.
23 May (NucNet): Unit 1 at the Kakrapar nuclear power station in Gujarat state, western India, has been reconnected to the grid three months ahead of schedule after the completion of work to replace all of the pressurised heavy water reactor’s coolant channel and feeder tubes.
23 May (NucNet): A high-level government-private partnership is needed to respond to the challenge of Russian and Chinese investment in nuclear power and to help the US maintain a technological edge, a report by policy organisation the Atlantic Council Global Energy Centre has said.
20 May (NucNet): A hybrid energy system combining both nuclear and renewables can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional fossil fuels, participants at an IAEA meeting heard.
16 May (NucNet): China is about to sign a $1.7bn deal with Russia to build two new Generation III+ VVER power reactors at the Xudabao nuclear power station in Liaoning province, northeast China, media reports have said.
15 May (NucNet): Scotland-based energy services company Wood has been appointed by the UK government to lead the second phase of a nuclear research project that aims to demonstrate significant cost savings in the design, construction, operation and decommissioning of nuclear power reactors.
15 May (NucNet): Poland is laying the groundwork to build its first commercial nuclear power reactors in the Pomerania region in the north of the country, energy minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski told Polish Radio on Tuesday.
13 May (NucNet): More than 40 nuclear associations representing over 80,000 scientists have today called on government ministers to double public investment in nuclear-related R&D and innovation within the next five years.
10 May (NucNet): Kyrgyzstan’s parliament is considering the introduction of a moratorium on the exploration, development, and mining of uranium deposits in the Central Asian republic, a statement by parliament said earlier this week.
9 May (NucNet): Britain has gone an entire week without using coal to generate electricity for the first time in modern history, with low-carbon generation – which includes nuclear power – accounting for 49.6% of supply, a record for clean electricity.
8 May (NucNet): Final system-wide trials have begun at an interim spent nuclear fuel processing and storage facility at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine, project developer Holtec International said.
7 May (NucNet): A high nuclear power capacity of 150 GW by 2050 – up from about 118 GW today – would result in widespread economic benefits throughout the EU, sustaining more than one million jobs and hundreds of billions of euros in additional GDP growth, tax revenues and household income, a study
3 May (NucNet): The cost to generate electricity from the first micro reactor will be less than the same costs for diesel generators at between $0.14/kWh and $0.41/kWh, the Washington-based Nuclear Energy Institute says in a report.
2 May (NucNet): The UK government must immediately set a legally binding target to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 with a fourfold increase in renewable energy complemented by “firm low-carbon power options” such as nuclear power, its official advisers have said.
1 May (NucNet): France will delay by 10 years the shutdown of some of its nuclear power plants in order to fulfil president Emmanuel Macron’s aim of making the country carbon-neutral by 2050, the government said on Tuesday.
29 Apr (NucNet): A grant agreement signed between the Kyrgyz authorities and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has “set the stage” for the start of remedial work at two uranium legacy sites in Kyrgyzstan – part of a wider plan to deal with the harmful legacy of Soviet-era uranium
25 Apr (NucNet): The European nuclear industry sustains more than 1.1 million jobs in the EU and generates more than half a trillion euros in GDP, according to a study released today by Deloitte and the Brussels-based nuclear industry group Foratom.
10 Apr (NucNet): Commercial operation of the Olkiluoto-3 nuclear power plant in southwest Finland could be delayed by a further two months after utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj announced today that the plant supplier is reviewing the schedule.
3 Apr (NucNet): Argentina is still negotiating the terms of a Beijing-funded project to build the Atucha-3 nuclear power plant in Buenos Aires province, a government official said on Tuesday, adding that China’s indigenous Generation III Hualong One reactor design would be a good choice for the sche
2 Apr (NucNet): Adequate financing and investment is needed in all low-carbon technologies if Europe is to achieve full-decarbonisation of its economy and meet its goal of keeping global warming below 1.5C, the Brussels-based nuclear industry group Foratom has said.
1 Apr (NucNet): China will be able to build six to eight nuclear reactors a year if project approval processes return to normal as expected in the near future, the chairman of the state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said today, according to media reports.
28 Mar (NucNet): The World Association of Nuclear Operators is encouraging governments to ensure that national export control laws do not adversely affect the organisation’s ability to maximise the safe operation of commercial nuclear power plants.
26 Mar (NucNet): Global generation from nuclear energy reached pre-Fukushima levels in 2018, mainly as a result of new additions in China and the restart of four reactors in Japan, the International Energy Agency has said.
22 Mar (NucNet): Research and development in the nuclear sector in Europe should focus on fast breeder reactors that will be capable of supplying energy needs for thousands of years with existing uranium or thorium resources, Leon Cizelj, president of the European Nuclear Education Network, told Nuc
22 Mar (NucNet): Support for restarting nuclear power plants in Japan has increased to 27 % in 2018, up about eight points compared to the previous year, according to a survey of 1,200 people carried out by the Japan Atomic Energy Relations Organisation (Jaero) at the end of 2018.
21 Mar (NucNet): China has completed development and testing of a domestic nuclear fuel assembly design for use in pressurised water reactors, the China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) said in a statement.
19 Mar (NucNet): US-based small modular reactor (SMR) developer NuScale Power announced today that it has signed an agreement with Romanian nuclear operator Nuclearelectrica to evaluate the potential for deployment of NuScale’s SMR nuclear power plant design in Romania.
18 Mar (NucNet): Mexico’s state-owned CFE (Comisión Federal de Electricidad) has a good basis to effectively manage the long term operation of the two-unit Laguna Verde nuclear power station, an International Atomic Energy Agency Salto (safety aspects of long-term operation) review mission has concl
14 Mar (NucNet): The US and India have signed an agreement confirming their commitment to cooperate on the civilian use of nuclear energy including a proposed construction of six US-supplied nuclear power plants in the Asian country, a statement by the US Department of State said.
12 Mar (NucNet): Russia has signed an agreement to build four new nuclear power units in China, with two at the Xudabao site in Liaoning Province, northeast China, and two at the Tianwan nuclear power station in Jiangsu province in the east of the country.
11 Mar (NucNet): China should start building eight new nuclear power plants a year before 2030 in a bid to make the sector profitable and sustainable, state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has told the government, according to a report by Shanghai-based energy consultancy Nicobar.
8 Mar (NucNet): Ninety-three of the 98 commercial plants in the US nuclear fleet fully met all safety and security performance objectives in 2018 and all were in the two highest performance categories, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said yesterday.
7 Mar (NucNet): The Finnish government today granted an operating licence for Teollisuuden Voima Oyj’s Olkiluoto-3 EPR nuclear power unit, which is nearing completion in the municipality of Eurajoki in southwest Finland, TVO said in a statement.
6 Mar (NucNet): The Normandy region of France has put itself forward as a candidate site for the construction of a new generation of French EPR nuclear power units, Paris-based nuclear society SFEN said.
5 Mar (NucNet): Finland wants the European Union to agree to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050, the country’s environment minister Kimmo Tiilikainen said on Monday as the bloc’s ministers met to discuss a climate protection plan.
1 Mar (NucNet): Nuclear energy in the US is facing major challenges and without effective policy action the country will be on track to lose a substantial proportion of its capacity and see China become the leader in nuclear power generation technology, International Energy Agency executive director
27 Feb (NucNet): France’s nuclear regulator ASN has put back the deadline for the installation of additional backup emergency diesel generators at the country’s fleet of commercial nuclear power plants by two years from 31 December 2018 to 31 December 2020.
26 Feb (NucNet): The UK will see a gradual decline in fossil fuel-based generation to 2035, with capacity displaced by more renewables and new nuclear-based generation, the government’s draft integrated national energy and climate plan says.
25 Feb (NucNet): Finland’s nuclear regulator Stuk has told the government that the Olkiluoto-3 nuclear power plant being built for Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) is safe and that it sees no obstacles to an operating licence being granted for the facility.
22 Feb (NucNet): World Association of Nuclear Operators members voted yesterday to establish a branch office and support centre in Shanghai, China, making it easier for the organisation to provide services to operators in the world’s fastest growing region for commercial nuclear power.
21 Feb (NucNet): The European Commission expects a “stable share of nuclear” in what would be a renewables-dominated European electricity mix by 2050, EU climate action and energy commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete told a conference in Brussels this week.
19 Feb (NucNet): The output of EDF’s nuclear power stations in France increased by 3.7% to 393.2 TWh in 2018, but output at its plants in the UK fell by 7.5% to 59.1% compared with 2017 due to maintenance and inspection outages, the company said in its annual report.
18 Feb (NucNet): Nuclear generation will continue to grow until 2040, although less rapidly than overall power generation, with its share of overall power generation declining, the latest edition of BP’s Energy Outlook report says.
15 Feb (NucNet): A European initiative which covers the financing of investments based on environmental, social and governance considerations should refer to low-carbon technologies as a whole to bring it in line with the European Commission’s belief that Europe’s 2050 carbon-free power system will
15 Feb (NucNet): Russian nuclear power plants generated 204.3 TWh (gross) of electricity in 2018, 2.9 TWh more than targeted because maintenance, servicing and repair work was “optimised”, nuclear operator Rosenergoatom has said.
8 Feb (NucNet): Nuclear energy can help the European Union achieve a sustainable and low-carbon future while providing people with reliable and affordable electricity, the Brussels-based industry group Foratom has said in a position paper.
6 Feb (NucNet): State-run Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) has ruled out restarting the Lungmen nuclear power station project, where work was halted following the March 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident in Japan.
5 Feb (NucNet): Terrestrial Energy, developer of Generation-IV advanced nuclear power plants that use its proprietary integral molten salt reactor technology, has signed a contract for materials testing at NRG’s High-Flux research reactor at Petten in the Netherlands.
4 Feb (NucNet): Taiwan will maintain its goal of abolishing nuclear power by May 2025, despite the outcome of last November’s referendum that required the removal of an article of legislation calling for all six nuclear reactors on the island to be closed.
1 Feb (NucNet): Bangladesh plans to produce 9% of its electricity from nuclear power and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels by the middle of the next decade when both reactors of a new nuclear station under construction at Rooppur will have gone into operation, the International Atomic Energy Age
31 Jan (NucNet): NRG and Curium have signed a multi-year agreement for the production of Molybdenum-99, the base material for producing Technetium-99 (Tc-99m), which is used in millions of medical diagnostic procedures a year.
31 Jan (NucNet): Significant progress has been made to move Fukushima-Daiichi from an emergency situation to a stabilised situation but management of contaminated water remains critical to the success of decommissioning, an International Atomic Energy Agency review mission has said.
30 Jan (NucNet): Nuclear energy plays an important role in France’s energy strategy and plans to permanently shut down four to six reactor units by 2028 do not indicate that the government has a nuclear exit strategy, ecology minister François de Rugy said.
29 Jan (NucNet): The first Russian-made experimental nuclear fuel assemblies based on accident-tolerant fuel, or ATF, have been loaded for testing into the water loops of the Mir research reactor at the State Research Institute of Atomic Reactors in Dimitrovgrad, southwest Russia, state nuclear fuel
29 Jan (NucNet): The UK government needs to make up its mind whether it is serious about nuclear and prepared to do it properly, which means it has to make key strategic decisions, stick to them over the long term and allow a supply chain to be developed and sustained over decades, an economist spec
28 Jan (NucNet): Rolls-Royce and its partners are asking the UK government for more than £200m in funding to develop a business that will build small modular nuclear reactors, according to a report in the Financial Times.
28 Jan (NucNet): China’s fleet of commercial nuclear power plants generated 294 TWh of electrical energy in 2018, a 18.6% increase over 2017, according to figures from the Chinese Federation of Electric Power Enterprises.
23 Jan (NucNet): The average levelised cost of electricity from existing nuclear plants in the European Union will be slightly less than €60/MWh in 2030, making it cheaper than all the other forms of energy, according to a report from the European commission.
The discovery of “unacceptable” corrosion in seismic restraints, pipework and storage vessels associated with several systems providing a safety function at the Dungeness B nuclear power station in southern England has been rated Level 2 on the International Nuclear and Radiological Events Scale (IN
18 Jan (NucNet): Spain’s fleet of seven commercial nuclear reactor units generated 53.2 TWh of electricity in 2018, a slight fall from 55.6 TWh in 2017 but still the largest source of generation in the country, industry group Foro Nuclear said.
18 Jan (NucNet): A UK parliamentary group has said Hitachi’s decision to suspend work on the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station in north Wales is “hugely disappointing” with the facility a crucial part of the government’s new nuclear build programme and vital for future energy needs.
17 Jan (NucNet): Het Japanse Hitachi liet vandaag weten haar geplande werkzaamheden voor de bouw van twee Britse kokend water reactoren op het Wylfa Newydd nucleaire terrein in Noord Wales op te schorten. Als reden werden de stijgende bouwkosten genoemd en de mislukte onderhandelingen met de Britse
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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): 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.