12 Oct (NucNet): Problems related to the Soviet-era nuclear legacy in Russia are being resolved under a federal programme that has already seen more than 28,000 used fuel assemblies placed in long-term storage or reprocessed, and solutions are being found for the rehabilitation of more than 2.7 million square metres of contaminated land, Oleg Kryukov, director of state nuclear corporation Rosatom’s radioactive waste, spent nuclear fuel and decommissioning policy department, said.
8 Oct (NucNet): Rising electricity demand, growing dependence on imported fossil fuels and environmental concerns have prompted several Southeast Asian countries to consider the role that nuclear power could play in their energy mix, but since the Fukushima-Daiichi accident in Japan the near- to medium-term prospects for nuclear in the region have diminished, a report by the Paris-based International Energy Agency says.
7 Oct (NucNet): The greatest cyber security issue facing the nuclear industry is that many in the sector do not fully understand the risks and the industry needs to be “more robust” on taking the initiative in cyberspace and funding effective responses to the challenge, a report by an independent UK-based think-tank says.
With Germany pushing ahead with plans to phase out nuclear energy by 2022, Ralf Güldner, president of the German Atomic Forum (DAtF), spoke to NucNet about the future of nuclear, continuing efforts to open a high-level waste repository, and potential economic problems caused by high levels of uncertainty in the country’s power market. Mr Güldner said nuclear is still providing the German energy supply system with “very valuable baseload power”. He said nuclear accounts for about 16 to 17 percent of total power supply and about one-third of baseload supply. The interview is online for subscribers: http://bit.ly/1IrBA9M
The financing of new nuclear is complex and it can be difficult to pin down a precise cost. In this NucNet special report, Lubomir Mitev looks at the way costs are calculated and why there are differences between various business models. Members and subscribers can download the report.
Climate change is a global problem and the EU needs to explain to its citizens that without nuclear it will not be possible to meet emissions reduction targets, says Andrei Rozhdestvin, director of Rosatom France. http://bit.ly/1OnMgIZ