20 Apr (NucNet): Early construction contracts for Finland’s final deep geologic radioactive waste repository indicate costs meet expectations, but commodity price rises remain a risk over the long term, Sami Hautakangas, head of spent fuel and disposal services at Fortum, co-owner of repository developer Posiva, said.
18 Apr (NucNet): Legislative proposals in the European Commission’s ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package could ensure a coherent and optimal approach towards meeting energy and climate objectives, provided they take into account the views of the nuclear energy industry, Foratom, the Brussels-based trade association for the industry in Europe, said in a position paper.
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Critics of nuclear energy argue that South Africa’s plans to build up to 9,600 MW of new nuclear are too expensive for a country where the economy is fragile and political turbulence is worrying investors. Supporters say the levelised cost for nuclear is in the same range as other forms of energy and that South Africa is already losing money through power outages and slowed industrial growth. In this special report for subscribers, NucNet looks at the arguments on both sides, and at the possibility that site work on the multi-billion-dollar project could begin next year. Full story: http://bit.ly/2miQcRA
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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