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17.03.2017_No55 / News in Brief

System Testing Begins At Flamanville-3 EPR With Startup Scheduled For 2018

Construction at the Flamanville-3 EPR in northern France.

17 Mar (NucNet): System performance testing has begun at EDF's 1,600-MW Flamanville-3 EPR under construction in northern France with reactor startup scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2018, the utility said in a statement on 16 March 2017.

17.03.2017_No11 / World Nuclear Review

China’s Yangjiang-4 Begins Commercial Operation

17 Mar (NucNet): The fourth unit of the Yangjiang nuclear power station in China’s southern province of Guangdong completed all commissioning work and entered commercial operation March 15, plant owner China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) said.

16.03.2017_No54 / News in Brief

IAEA Praises TVO’s ‘Strong Commitment To Safety’ At Olkiluoto

15.03.2017_No53 / News in Brief

ThorCon Molten Salt Reactor Would Be Viable For Indonesia, Study Concludes

14.03.2017_No52 / News in Brief

Toshiba To Speed Up Consideration Of Westinghouse Nuclear Business Sale

Construction at the Summer nuclear station in the US.

14 Mar (NucNet): Japan’s Toshiba Corp said on 14 March 2017 it will speed up looking at whether it should sell a majority of its US-based Westinghouse nuclear power business.

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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: http://bit.ly/2miQcRA

16.02.2017 / Announcement

Infographic: China's Nuclear Energy Industry In Numbers

Subscribers can read the story and download the graphic: http://bit.ly/2kikOEp

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: http://bit.ly/2jCi012

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: http://bit.ly/2jrScZG

24.11.2016 / Announcement

How UK Is Preparing For Major Push Towards World’s First SMR

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