Archive for October, 2013

US Regulator Clears Areva EPR On Aircraft Impact Assessment

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in the US has confirmed that the Areva Evolutionary Power Reactor (EPR) design has successfully completed the agency’s aircraft impact assessment (AIA) inspection, resulting in no violations, Areva has said in a statement.

The inspection was performed to verify that Areva’s AIA of the EPR design complies with the agency’s requirements and to ensure its consistency with the industry guidelines documented in the US Nuclear Energy Institute’s methodology for performing aircraft impact assessments for new plant ...

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October Newsletter No181

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SONE’S AGM has lots to talk about – even a strike price

By a remarkable coincidence the Government and EdF chose to announce another milestone along the tortuous (and tortured) road to a new nuclear power station in Britain on the very day that SONE held its AGM – October 21.

The AGM welcomed an agreement after about 18 months’ negotiation on the “strike price” to be paid to EdF when its projected Hinkley Point development in Somerset is generating power as ...

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2013 Nuclear Issues Vol 36 No 10

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Energy policy

“We must change our energy policy now to head off power cuts and price rises.” This is the heading of a comment by Tony Lodge published by the Centre for Policy Studies on 9th October which makes some valid criticisms of the mess we have now got ourselves into, but which completely ignores the role of nuclear power and the need for new nuclear stations. The solution he offers depends on building more coal-fired stations.

He rightly criticises the misguided ...

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US Conference To Address Used Nuclear Fuel Strategies

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A conference on used nuclear fuel strategies to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, next month will include discussions and case studies on safe spent nuclear fuel (SNF) management, and SNF regulation and policy developments.

The US Nuclear Used Fuel Strategy Conference, to be held at the Omni Charlotte Hotel on 21 and 22 November 2013, will begin with a keynote speech by David Jones, senior vice-president of Areva’s back-end business group for North America.

Mr Jones will discuss the future development ...

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South Korea And Finland Sign Nuclear Agreement

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South Korea and Finland signed a deal to expand cooperation in nuclear energy and to ensure its peaceful use, Seoul officials said.

The signing ceremony, which followed a preliminary deal in July 2013, took place in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, with South Korean prime minister Chung Hong-won and his Finnish counterpart, Jyrki Katainen.

The nuclear energy accord with Finland will become South Korea’s 28th, following similar agreements with nations including the US, Canada and Australia.

The South Korean prime minister’s secretariat said ...

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Westinghouse Signs Agreement With South African Engineering Group

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Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a memorandum of understanding with South Africa’s Sebata Group in preparation for “the potential construction” of Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear power plants in South Africa, a statement said.

Sebata Group is a South African-owned and operated engineering, procurement and construction company involved in a number of disciplines in the nuclear sector, including safety, health, environment, risk and quality, and authorised inspection agency services.

In August 2013, Ben Martins, South Africa’s energy minister, said the country remains committed to ...

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Reactor Vessel Head Installed At Finland’s Olkiluoto-3

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The construction teams at the 1,600-megawatt Olkiluoto-3 EPR nuclear unit under construction in Finland have successfully completed the installation of the reactor vessel head, Areva said.

Areva said the installation was “a major step” for the project and marked the completion of the installation of heavy equipment for the reactor, making it the first EPR with a fully equipped reactor vessel ready to accommodate a core of fuel assemblies.

In February 2013, plant owner Teollisuuden Voima Oyj said the start of the ...

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Spain Minister Says Villar De Cañas Site Meets All Repository Requirements

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José Manuel Soria, Spanish minister for industry, energy and tourism, said the site chosen for a centralised interim storage facility (Almacén Temporal Centralizado, or ATC) for high-level radioactive waste and spent fuel from nuclear power plants at Villar de Cañas meets “all requirements”.

“The preliminary indications we are getting from the company conducting the studies, Endesa, is that Villar de Cañas meets all requirements,” Mr Soria said.

The Ministry of Industry has insisted that different locations have been studied for many years ...

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