14.12.2018_No248 / News in Brief

UK’s Cavendish Nuclear Wins Dounreay Decommissioning Contract

14 Dec (NucNet): UK-based nuclear services company Cavendish Nuclear is to carry out the dismantling and demolition of Scotland’s oldest nuclear reactor at Dounreay, the company said in a statement.

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14.12.2018_No248 / News in Brief

Framatome Completes I&C Modernisation Project At Sweden’s Forsmark-3

14 Dec (NucNet): French nuclear equipment manufacturer Framatome has completed commissioning for a project to modernise the safety instrumentation and control (I&C) system at Unit 3 of the Forsmark nuclear power station north of Stockholm in Sweden.

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14.12.2018_No248 / News in Brief

China’s Taishan-1 Becomes First EPR To Enter Commercial Operation

14 Dec (NucNet): The Taishan-1 nuclear reactor in southern China has begun commercial operation, the first EPR anywhere in the world to do so, Chinese nuclear company CGN said today.

13.12.2018_No247 / News in Brief

Growth Of Nuclear Energy Will See Uranium Demand Continue To Rise, Says Red Book

13 Dec (NucNet): The continued growth of nuclear energy will see demand for uranium continue to rise for the foreseeable future with supply more than adequate to meet projected requirements, according to the latest edition of ‘Uranium – Resources, Production and Demand’, also known as the Red Book.

13.12.2018_No247 / News in Brief

Russia Sends Proposals For First Nuclear Power Station To Azerbaijan

13 Dec (NucNet): Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom has sent Azerbaijan proposals for nuclear energy cooperation which include the construction of nuclear power plants.

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13.12.2018_No247 / News in Brief

Bulgaria Minister Discusses Nuclear Cooperation With France’s Framatome

13 Dec (NucNet): Bulgaria’s energy minister Temenouzhka Petkova met yesterday with Frederic Lelievre, senior executive vice-president of Framatome, the French nuclear power plant construction company, to discuss the prospects for expanding cooperation in nuclear energy, the energy ministry reported.

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13.12.2018_No247 / News in Brief

Russia Produces First MOX Fuel For Beloyarsk-4 Fast Neutron Reactor

13 Dec (NucNet): The first production batch of mixed oxide (MOX) fuel assemblies for the Beloyarsk-4 BN-800 fast neutron reactor has been produced at the Mining and Chemical Combine at Zheleznogorsk in central Siberia, state nuclear corporation Rostom said.

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12.12.2018_No246 / News in Brief

Japan Should Continue With Fast Reactor Development, Says Agency

12 Dec (NucNet): Japan should press ahead with the development of fast reactors although they are not likely to be fully commercialised and in use until the latter part of the century, a working group set up by the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy has said.

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12.12.2018_No246 / News in Brief

First Concrete Poured For Hinkley Point Reactor Base, Says EDF Energy

12 Dec (NucNet): First concrete has been poured for the first part of the reactor base at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station under construction in Somerset, England, EDF Energy said yesterday.

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12.12.2018_No246 / News in Brief

China Removes HEU Fuel From Nigerian Research Reactor

11 Dec (NucNet): China National Nuclear Corporation has removed a batch of high-enriched uranium (HEU) fuel from Nigeria’s miniature neutron source reactor, or MNSR, the China Nuclear Energy Association said.

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12.12.2018_No246 / News in Brief

Uranium Rally Continues As Kazakhstan And Other Major Producers Cut Production

12 Dec (NucNet): The volume of uranium mined in Kazakhstan in the first 11 months of this year fell by 7% to 19,600 tonnes (tU), with declining inventories continuing to see a rally that has seen prices for the nuclear material increase by more than 20% in 2018.

11.12.2018_No245 / News in Brief

NRC To Review Dominion Application For 20-Year Surry Operating Extensions

11 Dec (NucNet): The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted for review an application from Dominion Energy Virginia to extend for an additional 20 years the renewed operating licences of Surry Units 1 and 2 in Virginia.

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11.12.2018_No245 / News in Brief

India’s Kaiga-1 Has Set Record For Continuous Operation, Says NPCIL

11 Dec (NucNet): The Kaiga-1 nuclear power unit in India has reached 941 days of continuous operation, surpassing the world record of 940 days held by the Heysham A-2 unit in the UK, the National Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd said.

11.12.2018_No245 / News in Brief

Study Warns On Subsidies For New Nuclear In France

11 Dec (NucNet): Building a single EPR nuclear unit by 2030 would require €4bn to €6bn of subsidies, while building a fleet of 15 EPRs by 2060 would cost the state €39 bn, despite economies of scale that could bring down the EPR costs to €70 per megawatt-hour (MWh), France’s state environment agency Ademe said in a study released yesterday.

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11.12.2018_No245 / News in Brief

Perry Presses Ahead With Bid To Sell US Reactors To Saudi Arabia

11 Dec (NucNet): US energy secretary Rick Perry is pressing ahead with efforts to strike a deal that would allow US companies such as Westinghouse to build nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia.

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11.12.2018_No245 / News in Brief

US Should ‘Reset’ Its Nuclear Waste Programme, Says Stanford-Led Study

11 Dec (NucNet): The US should “reset” its nuclear waste programme by moving responsibility for commercially generated, used nuclear fuel away from the federal government and into the hands of an independent, non-profit, utility owned and -funded nuclear waste management organisation, a Stanford University-led study has concluded.

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11.12.2018_No245 / News in Brief

Why UK Is Banking On SMRs As The Future Of Nuclear

11 Dec (NucNet): The UK is making significant investment in the development of small modular reactors and, despite challenges, could have its first unit up and running in the early 2030s, a London-based nuclear lawyer said in an article for NucNet.

10.12.2018_No244 / News in Brief

Operator Is Addressing LTO Issues At Armenian-1, Says IAEA

10 Dec (NucNet): The operator of the Armenian nuclear power station, ANPP, has begun addressing the main findings of long-term operation reviews of the facility carried out in 2013 and 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency has said.

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10.12.2018_No244 / News in Brief

GEH To Acquire Decommissioning Technology Company REI Nuclear

10 Dec (NucNet): GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy announced today it intends to acquire the business and some assets of REI Nuclear, a South Carolina-based decommissioning technology and tooling design company.

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10.12.2018_No244 / News in Brief

Wood Wins Dungeness Radioactive Waste Contract

10 Dec (NucNet): Energy services company Wood has won a contract from Magnox Ltd to retrieve, process and dispose of radioactive waste from the Dungeness A nuclear power station, which is being decommissioned.

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