26 Oct (NucNet): Bulgaria’s state-owned National Electric Company (NEK) and Russia’s nuclear equipment manufacturer Atomstroyexport (ASE) have signed an agreement which finalises compensation awarded to ASE for the cancellation of the Belene nuclear project in 2012.
25 Oct (NucNet): Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) permanently shut down the Fort Calhoun-1 nuclear plant yesterday, ending the 482-MW reactor's 43-years of commercial operation, according to information on the public power district’s website.
24 Oct (NucNet): France’s nuclear operator EDF has confirmed the shutdown dates of five nuclear reactor units that have been ordered to undergo checks for high carbon concentrations on the primary bottom heads of steam generators.
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
20 Sep (NucNet): Russian president Vladimir Putin has been lobbying the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on behalf of state nuclear corporation Rosatom. In a special report for subscribers, NucNet looks at the reasons behind Putin’s charm offensive and the possibilities for Rosatom as it sets its sights on overseas markets, not only in Asean, but also in Europe. Full report: http://bit.ly/2cYNQnZ
The only certainty surrounding the Belene nuclear project in Bulgaria is that its future remains uncertain. In this special report for NucNet subscribers, Kamen Kraev looks at the options: http://bit.ly/2aruHNx
If combatting climate change is to be a priority the world will need nuclear as part of its energy mix and must not follow Germany down a phaseout path that is “irrational” and did not take account of the evidence that showed the country’s nuclear stations were safe, the president of the German Atomic Forum (DAtF) told NucNet. The full interview is online for NucNet Subscribers: http://bit.ly/28XVgoq
Minna Forsstrom, Fennovoima’s project director for the Hanhikivi-1 nuclear project in Finland, speaks to NucNet about progress at the site, cooperation with Russia, and the possibility of a second unit. Full story for subscribers: http://bit.ly/1U19HcU