19 Jan (NucNet): Construction of the Angra-3 nuclear power reactor in Brazil could resume in the second half of 2018 as long as an agreement is reached to increase the tariff for energy generated by the plant from around 222.18 Brazilian reals (BRL) (€64, $69) per MWh, which is below the BRL 224 per MWh paid for electricity generated by Angra-1 and Angra-2, the president of nuclear operator Eletrobras Eletronuclear said.
18 Jan (NucNet): Cameco plans to continue its cost-cutting programme by eliminating about 120 jobs from its McArthur River, Cigar Lake and Key Lake operations in northern Saskatchewan.
17 Jan (NucNet): 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, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today.
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
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