27 Feb (NucNet): There is a real danger that planned nuclear projects will fail to come on stream before 2030 unless the UK government agrees to intervene, Tim Yeo, a former environment minister and energy committee chairman, says in a letter to business secretary Greg Clark.
24 Feb (NucNet): The International Atomic Energy Agency has praised safety practices and the state of the long-term operation (LTO) project at the Doel-1 and -2 nuclear reactor units in Belgium.
23 Feb (NucNet): Switzerland’s fleet of five commercial nuclear reactors generated 20.3 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity in 2016, a decrease of about 1.8 TWh on the previous year, Swiss nuclear industry trade association Swissnuclear said in a statement.
22 Feb (NucNet): Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has approved draft reports confirming that the Ohi-3 and -4 nuclear reactor units in central Japan’s Fukui Prefecture, owned and operated by Kansai Electric Power Company, are compatible with new regulatory standards introduced after the March 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident.
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The nuclear industry says “extensive regulations” against potential cyber-attacks are in place that are closely monitored and regularly inspected. But not all experts agree, with some arguing that the “static” cybersecurity architecture at today’s nuclear facilities is not effective enough on its own to prevent a breach by a determined adversary. In this special report, NucNet editor-in-chief David Dalton takes a look at the case for both sides and at the conclusions of a major report which argued there is a “culture of denial” in the industry when it comes to the risks posed by hackers. The full report is online for subscribers: http://bit.ly/2jCi012
The lack of alternative low-carbon energy sources that are as reliable as nuclear means France’s “ambitious” plans to reduce its share of nuclear from 78% in 2015 to 50% by 2025 might not be achievable, according to the International Energy Agency. “The implementation of the 50% target remains challenging given the large role that nuclear electricity plays in the French mix and the average age of the fleet, the IEA said. Full report for subscribers: http://bit.ly/2jrScZG
The British government is preparing to publish a roadmap that could kick-start the process of developing a “best value” small modular reactor and putting it into commercial operation by the end of the next decade. In this special report, NucNet looks at the reality of SMR development – and at possible obstacles to eventual deployment. Full story online for subscribers: http://bit.ly/2fVrUwX
The European Commission’s Illustrative Programme for Nuclear Energy, or Pinc, has failed to address key issues for nuclear and instead had become “sidetracked by renewables”, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) said. In an interview with NucNet, EESC member Brian Curtis called for a more comprehensive strategy to be incorporated in a revised version of the Pinc. He said the EESC had expected a detailed, systematic analysis of the issues facing the nuclear sector in Europe. The interview is online for subscribers: http://bit.ly/2dZAFSp