Archive for March, 2013

UK Launches Strategy For Major Increase In Nuclear Share

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Nuclear energy could contribute roughly 40 to 50 percent of the UK’s energy mix by 2050 compared with nearly 20 percent today, according to one scenario outlined in a report on the future of the country’s nuclear industry.

The UK government yesterday published the report setting out its vision for the country’s nuclear industry and identifying the domestic new build and wider nuclear market as an essential platform to boost Britain’s nuclear commercial base and increase global market share.

The report outlines ...

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EDF Energy Calls For ‘Swift Agreement’ On Hinkley Point

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Planning consent has been given for construction of the first new nuclear power plant in the UK since 1995, but EDF Energy has warned that before construction begins at Hinkley Point C agreement is needed with the government on a contract for electricity the plant would produce.

The proposed Hinkley Point C plant will consist of two reactor units and will be operated by NNB Generation, a subsidiary of EDF Energy. According to the British government, the plant will generate “enough ...

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MIR-1200 Consortium Signs Temelín Contracts With Czech Companies

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A Russian-led consortium bidding to construct two new nuclear reactor units at the Temelín nuclear plant in the Czech Republic has signed suppliers’ contracts with three Czech companies.

The consortium comprising Atomstroyexport, Gidropress and Skoda, which is proposing its MIR (Modernised International Reactor) 1200 unit for Temelín, said it had signed contracts with ZAT, HOCHTIEF CZ and UJV Rez.

The signatories committed themselves to cooperation with the consortium should it win the tender for Temelín-3 and -4, a statement said.

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European Parliament Calls For ‘Urgent’ Safety Improvements To EU Reactors

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All the safety improvements recommended following stress tests on the EU’s nuclear reactors must be carried out urgently, say MEPs in a resolution adopted yesterday.

They also insist that nuclear plant operators must pay for these improvements and “bear all the costs for which they are liable in the event of an accident”.

Amalia Sartori, chair of the energy committee also called for “a clear indication” of the timing and content of proposals for binding legislation on nuclear insurance and liability.

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Safety Has Advanced Since Fukushima-Daiichi, Says IAEA Chief

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Efforts to improve global nuclear safety have advanced since Japan’s Fukushima-Daiichi disaster struck two years ago, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency has said, vowing to help make nuclear power as “safe as humanly possible”.

Yukiya Amano said virtually all IAEA member states with operating nuclear plants had completed stress tests and had expanded safety measures.

“We must maintain the momentum of constant improvement,” he said in a statement to mark the second anniversary of the nuclear accident, which happened ...

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EU Countries Call For ‘Right Investment Environment’ For New Nuclear

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Twelve EU states that signed a joint communique in London this week expressed their belief that nuclear energy can contribute to the EU’s future low-carbon energy mix, but called for the “right investment environment” to be created for the construction of new reactors.

The countries that signed the agreement are the UK, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain.

They said in the joint communique that they are “committed to collaboration on safety and creating ...

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New Milestone In US As First Concrete Is Poured At Vogtle-3

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The pouring of first concrete was completed yesterday for the first of two new Westinghouse AP1000 reactor units at the Vogtle nuclear plant site in the US state of Georgia, Georgia Power said.

The pouring means that in the span of a few days, the foundations have been successfully completed for two new AP1000 units in the southeastern US – the first new nuclear plants to start construction in the country in three decades.

On 11 March, South Carolina Electric & Gas ...

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EBRD Announces EUR 300 Million Safety Upgrade Loan For Ukraine Nuclear Plants

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced it will take part in a comprehensive safety upgrade programme for Ukraine’s nuclear power units with a 300 million euro (EUR) (388 million US dollars) loan.

The bank said the programme will bring Ukraine’s fleet of nuclear power plants in line with international safety standards, including those of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

This will be the largest loan-funded nuclear safety project for the EBRD to date, a statement said.

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