Archive for November, 2013

2013 Nuclear Issues Vol 36 No 11

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The need for nuclear development.

The Government “Review of the Civil Nuclear R&D Landscape in the UK” says it all. “The capability in the UK’s national laboratories and industry is smaller and more fragmented than it has been in the past … fission R&D is mainly concentrated on current reactor operations, waste management and decommissioning and not on forward-looking areas of interest such as fuel development and advanced reactor systems.”

… At present, there is no overarching UK coordinated international strategy for nuclear ...

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NOVEMBER Newsletter No182

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Daftest chickens coming home to roost in energy coop

As we sit around waiting for another nine months before EdF, with the Chinese and presumably others on board, decides to go ahead at Hinkley Point, nobody can argue that energy is a forgotten subject.

In fact, it has become the centre of political debate. Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, has pledged to freeze energy prices for 20 months if he leads the UK Government in 2015. Even though this is seen as ...

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US Announces Details Of Nuclear Agreement With Iran

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Iran has accepted “the first meaningful limits” on its nuclear programme in more than a decade as part of an agreement that temporarily relieves sanctions on the Middle Eastern country, the US State Department has said in a fact sheet that contains details of the agreement

Iran and the “P5+1” countries (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the UK, the US and the European Union) reached a set of “initial understandings” that halts the progress of Iran’s nuclear programme and rolls ...

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Applications Open For PIME Communications Award

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Applications are open for the PIME Award for Communications Excellence, the winner of which will be decided at the PIME 2014 conference to be held from 16 to 19 February 2014 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The conference organiser, the European Nuclear Society (ENS), said the award aims to recognise the achievements of professional communicators in the nuclear sector. ENS said entries should show “creative strategy, illustrative and innovative use of communications tools and tangible results”.

A jury presided over by Robert Leclère, chief ...

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Areva Med Opens Facility For Lead-212 Production

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Areva Med, a subsidiary of Areva specialising in the development of cancer treatment methods, has inaugurated a facility for the production of the lead-212 (Pb-212) isotope for medical use.

Areva Med said in a statement that this rare metal, which exists in limited quantities, is used in the development of “innovative treatments” for certain cancers that do not respond to other conventional methods.

Through the new facility, at Bessines-sur-Gartempe in the Limousin region of central France, Areva Med will increase the availability ...

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First Stage Of Fukushima Fuel Assembly Removal A Success

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Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) successfully moved a cask containing 22 fuel assemblies from the spent fuel pool at Fukushima-Daiichi-4 to safe storage in a common fuel pool.

Tepco said the fuel assemblies were loaded into the specially designed cask from 18-19 November. The cask was then decontaminated and transported to the common spent fuel pool yesterday.

The work to remove 1,533 fuel assemblies from the Unit 4 spent fuel pool will now be paused for a scheduled safety review of procedures ...

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Georgia Power Completes Basemat Concrete Pour At Vogtle-4

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Georgia Power said workers at its Vogtle plant expansion project in the US yesterday completed placement of basemat structural concrete for the nuclear island at unit 4, the second new Westinghouse AP1000 unit at the site.

It was the fourth new nuclear unit to begin construction this year in the US, following the basemat pours in March for Vogtle-3 and South Carolina Electric & Gas’s Virgil C. Summer-2, and Virgil C. Summer-3 earlier this month.

Georgia Power said the basemat concrete placement ...

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Rosatom Presents VVER-TOI Reactor To UK Officials

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Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom held a technical seminar this week with UK government agency officials and industry representatives on its Generation III+ VVER-TOI light water reactor design, as part of its plan to apply for design approval that would allow the reactor to be built in the UK.

Rosatom subsidiary Rusatom Overseas said in a statement yesterday that the seminar on the VVER-TOI, or “typical optimised informative-advanced” reactor, was held for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Office ...

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