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17.07.2017_No140 / News in Brief

Tepco Says It Has Not Made Final Decision On Discharging Contaminated Water Into Sea

Water sampling near the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear station. Photo courtesy: Petr Pavlicek / IAEA

17 Jul (NucNet): Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said in a statement on 14 July 2017 that it had not made a final decision on whether or not to release water containing tritium into the sea at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station.

14.07.2017_No139 / News in Brief

China Plans To Turn Shanghai Into Nuclear Energy Hub, Says Official Media

China says it plans to turn Shanghai into a nuclear hub. Photo: Alex Needham / Wikipedia.

14 Jul (NucNet): China is planning to transform Shanghai into a nuclear energy innovation hub in the next five years with the country’s eight state-owned nuclear energy producers and scientific academies joining forces for the research and development of Generation IV nuclear reactors, small modular reactors and marine nuclear power platforms, according to the official People’s Daily.

13.07.2017_No138 / News in Brief

Position Paper Confirms UK Will Quit Euratom Nuclear Treaty

European flag. Credit: Rock Cohen.

13 Jul (NucNet): The UK’s Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) has published a position paper on the UK’s stance on the European atomic energy community (Euratom), saying the UK would quit the treaty but seek to work with Euratom’s member countries to ensure a “smooth transition” to a new regime of nuclear cooperation and safeguards.

13.07.2017_No138 / News in Brief

Poll Indicates UK Public Are Wary Of Foreign Control Of New Nuclear

12.07.2017_No137 / News in Brief

UK Reports On Euratom ‘Very Concerning’, Says Nuclear Industry Body

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29.03.2017 / Announcement

Infographic: South Korea’s Kepco In Talks To Join UK’s ‘Race’ For New Nuclear

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16.03.2017 / Announcement

As South Africa Prepares For New Build, The Question Is: How Much Will It Cost?

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:

16.02.2017 / Announcement

Infographic: China's Nuclear Energy Industry In Numbers

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16.02.2017 / Announcement

Opinions Differ On Whether Nuclear Industry Is Ready For Cyber-Challenges

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:

27.01.2017 / Announcement

Lack Of Reliable Alternatives Means France Faces Challenges Finding Replacement For Nuclear

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: