Archive for December, 2013

DECEMBER Newsletter No183

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Let’s make this a happy, informed new year for nuclear

A Happy New Year to all SONE members. It could at last bring renewed development of nuclear power to the United Kingdom after a hiatus of virtually 20 years.

We have another seven months to wait before EdF’s deadline for an investment decision, always assuming that by then it has all its co-investors in place and the European Commission has condescended to approve its deal with the UK Government, announced on October ...

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Applications Submitted For 16 Reactor Restarts In Japan

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Applications have been submitted for the restart of 16 nuclear power reactors in Japan, but the country’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has not yet issued any approvals for units to resume operation, statistics released by the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (Jaif) show.

All of Japan’s 50 commercial reactors are offline while they undergo inspections to make sure they comply with new safety standards drawn up in the wake of the March 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident. The standards cover three main areas: design ...

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Areva Teams Up With Chemical Group For Thorium Research

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Areva SA of France has signed an agreement with international chemical group Solvay SA of Belgium to develop new applications for thorium, including its possible use as a fuel in nuclear power plants.

Areva said in a statement that the agreement aims to “define the conditions” ensuring the responsible management of thorium. It includes the deployment of a R&D programme to study the use of thorium as a potential fuel in nuclear plants, as a complement to fuels using uranium and ...

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UK Union Says EU Blocking Of Hinkley Point Would Be ‘A Disaster’

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A union that represents more than 600,000 energy and construction workers in the UK has said the unexpected EU blocking of the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power station because it infringes state-aid rules would be “a disaster” for jobs and for energy supply.

GMB said it had learned that the EU College of Commissioners will be notified tomorrow, Wednesday 18 December, that the competition commissioner has “some doubts” about the Hinkley Point C agreement and is likely to agree to ...

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Holtec Reaffirms Plans To ‘Push Ahead’ With SMR-160 Project

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US-based Holtec International has said it remains confident that its SMR-160 small modular reactor (SMR) unit has the greatest potential to triumph in a global marketplace and is firm in its commitment to forge ahead and bring the unit to market.

The company was responding to a Department of Energy announcement on 12 December 2013 that it had awarded funding for developing a small modular reactor design to the Oregon-based start-up NuScale.

The DOE said it will invest up to half of ...

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Areva Signs I&C Contract For China’s Fuqing Nuclear Station

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Areva of France, in a consortium with Siemens, has signed a contract with the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) and the China General Nuclear Power Corporation to supply the instrumentation and control (I&C) systems for two planned units at China’s Fuqing nuclear power station, Areva said in a statement.

The two planned reactors, Fuqing-5 and -6, will be equipped with Areva’s TelepermXS digital safety I&C system. Areva said the system is already licenced in China and has been supplied to nine ...

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Westinghouse To Continue Fuel Manufacture And Delivery To Leibstadt

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Kernkraftwerk Leibstadt AG has extended the contract for the manufacturing and delivery of reload fuel assemblies with Westinghouse Electric Company for the Leibstadt nuclear power station in Switzerland.

The current contract between the two companies includes five reload fuel deliveries in the period 2011-2015. The extension will account for two additional deliveries in 2016 and 2017.

The contract is executed by Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB and the fuel assemblies are manufactured in Västerås, Sweden.

Leibstadt, which has a single boiling water reactor unit, ...

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Wano Praises Safety At Bulgaria’s Kozloduy Nuclear Plant

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There are no gaps in any area that could threaten the safe operation of the Kozloduy nuclear power station in Bulgaria, a World Association of Nuclear Operators (Wano) peer review has concluded.

The inspection began on 22 November 2013 and concluded on 6 December 2013. Wano said it included a review of the key areas for the operation of a nuclear power plant, including organisation and administration, operation, repair, radiation protection, emergency planning and education and training.

The Wano team carried out ...

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