Archive for December, 2012

Finland’s Posiva Submits Construction Application For Final Repository

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The nuclear waste management company Posiva has submitted a construction licence application for a final repository that will hold spent nuclear fuel from Finland’s four commercially operational nuclear reactor units as well as future units.

Posiva said the repository, in Olkiluoto on Finland’s southwest coast, will hold spent nuclear fuel from nuclear reactors operated by its owners, Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) and Fortum. Those reactors are Loviisa-1 and -2, Olkiluoto-1 and -2, Olkiluoto-3, which is under construction, and the proposed Olkiluoto-4.

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Czech Republic’s Temelín Breaks Electricity Generation Record

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The Temelín nuclear power plant in the Czech Republic has generated more than 13.9 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity in one year for the first time in its history with operators saying they expect the figure to reach 15.3 billion kWh by the end of 2012.

Temelín spokesman Marek Sviták said the 13.9 billion kWh figure had been reached in early December 2012, breaking the previous generation record set in 2011. On 25 December 2012, the plant reached the 15 billion ...

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Energy Facts 2012

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WORLD ENERGY USE %

Global energy consumption grew strongly by 5.6% in 2010 – the latest figures available – to 12bn tonnes of oil equivalent (toe). It was the biggest annual growth since 1973 and took consumption to well beyond its 2008 peak.

The contributions were: oil 33.5%; coal 29.5%, natural gas 23.8%; hydroelectricity 6.5%; nuclear 5.2%; and renewables 1.3%. Less useful energy was delivered because of losses in converting fossil fuels to heat and light. The main shares were: oil 28%; ...

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2012 Nuclear Issues Vol 35 No.12

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Good – now let’s get on with it

The Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for the UK European Pressurized Water Reactor (EPR) was accepted by the Office of Nuclear Regulation on the 13 December though you can be excused for not noticing this historic event because the nuclear industry did not wave its arms from the rooftop.

But the letter of acceptance has been published on the internet. It states: “The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), an agency of the Health and Safety ...

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December Newsletter No171

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WILL IT BE A HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR NUCLEAR POWER?

A Happy New Year to all our members. It will be if we get a nuclear power station order at a reasonable cost. When that will come, assuming it comes at all, is far from clear. Currently the indications are that the Government will not declare its “strike price” or prices before June, though whether it feels able to give EdF an earlier “letter of comfort” is another matter.

We shall just ...

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IAEA Head Calls For Ratification Of Nuclear Security Amendment

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The director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has called on member states to ratify the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials, calling it an “important area of unfinished business in nuclear security”.

In a speech to the first International Regulators Conference on Nuclear Security, organised by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington, Yukiya Amano said the amendment, agreed seven years ago, but not yet in force, expands the convention’s coverage beyond the physical ...

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Belgian Units Are Safe For Immediate Restart, Electrabel Announces

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Results of tests carried out to confirm the structural integrity of the Doel-3 and Tihange-2 nuclear reactors in Belgium show that both units are safe for immediate restart and operation, operator Electrabel has announced.

The company, a subsidiary of France’s GDF Suez, said the tests demonstrated that the reactor pressure vessels’ (RPV) structural integrity meets “within significant margins” all safety criteria. The investigations and calculations carried out were subjected to “a stringent control procedure” that was validated by outside experts, Electrabel ...

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Italy’s Enel Pulls Out Of Flamanville-3 EPR Project

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Italian utility Enel has pulled out of EDF’s Flamanville-3 European Pressurised Water Reactor (EPR) project in northern France and cancelled plans to build five more nuclear units with the French company.

Enel said in a statement yesterday that Flamanville-3 has encountered construction cost overruns and delays. This was compounded by “a significant drop” in power demand and the uncertain timeframe for other nuclear investments in France, the statement said.

Enel added: “Moreover, the referendum in Italy in June 2011 that opposed the ...

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