Archive for February, 2014

Bulgaria Conference To Address New Build And Lifetime Extensions

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A conference to be held in Bulgaria will address the Kozloduy-7 and Belene new-build projects, lifetime extensions for Kozloduy-5 and -6, and “practical approaches” to the decommissioning of nuclear installations, organisers the Bulgarian Atomic Forum (Bulatom) said.

The conference, ‘Bulgarian Nuclear Energy – National, Regional and World Energy Security’, includes speakers from the Bulgarian State Enterprise Radioactive Waste, WorleyParsons Nuclear Services, Kozloduy nuclear power plant and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The conference will take place from 4 to 6 June 2014 ...

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US Ready To Build World’s Largest Pulsed Electromagnet For Iter

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Authorisation to proceed with manufacturing of the world’s largest pulsed electromagnet is expected in May 2014 following development of “a firm basis” for the design, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) organisation has said.

The solenoid-type electromagnet will be used to initiate and maintain the plasma current within the Iter, which is under construction in France, and will be located at the centre of the so-called ‘tokamak’, or magnetic confinement in which plasma is contained in a doughnut-shaped vacuum vessel.

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Finland And Russia Sign Strategic Partnership And Fuel Delivery Agreements

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Finland and Russia have signed an agreement to form a strategic partnership that lays down the legal basis for cooperation in nuclear energy, Russian state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom has said.

Rosatom said the agreement covers nuclear technology and is important in connection with Rosatom’s agreement with Finnish utility Fennovoima for the construction of the Hanhikivi nuclear station in Finland.

The announcement came as Russian nuclear fuel company TVEL said it will supply the Loviisa nuclear station in Finland with fuel in 2014, ...

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Obama Approves 123 Agreement With Vietnam

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US president Barack Obama has approved an agreement for peaceful nuclear cooperation with Vietnam. The so-called ‘123 Agreement’ now passes to Congress for a 90-day review, a state department statement said.

Under the agreement, US companies will be allowed to export nuclear-related fuel, expertise, reactors and equipment. The pact prohibits Vietnam from enriching or reprocessing plutonium or uranium. If Congress does not act, it will come into force in late May 2014.

In a White House statement, Mr Obama said: “I have ...

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Areva Hit By EUR 425 Million Losses On Olkiluoto-3 Project

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Nuclear vendor Areva’s 2013 losses on the Olkiluoto-3 nuclear new-build project in Finland were 425 million euros (EUR) (586 million US dollars), up from EUR 400 million in 2012, according to the company’s annual report.

In 2012 Areva also had to pay a EUR 300 million insurance indemnity due to delays and cost overruns at the EPR, which is being built for Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj. That loss was not counterbalanced by revenue from the project in the second half ...

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February Newsletter No185

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Let’s be clear about sone and global warming

There is nothing like a drought, a heat wave, a deep freeze and, of course, a flood to bring out the global warmers. And so, with California, Australia, North America and the southern half of the UK variously afflicted, the doomsayers have been falling over themselves.

The Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, assorted Ministers, Lord Stern, who is an economist, and Lord Deben, politician-chairman of the Climate Change Commission, have all told us ...

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African Nations Urged To Set Up Effective Nuclear Regulators

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Government and nuclear industry officials from African nations must develop independent, effective regulatory agencies as a prerequisite for the safe use of nuclear power, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman Allison Macfarlane told a conference in Cape Town.

Ms Macfarlane told the Nuclear Industry Congress Africa 2014 that a nuclear regulator must have the authority to “stop an activity” if it identifies a safety concern, even if it means that a project is delayed. It must be able to shut down a ...

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Nuclenor Says Decree Is ‘Very Positive’ For Garoña

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A decree adopted by Spain’s Council of Ministers, or cabinet, will allow nuclear power plants which have shut down for reasons not related to safety to restart and could pave the way for the the Santa Maria de Garoña nuclear plant to resume operation.

The single-unit Santa Maria de Garoña plant was shut down by operator Nuclenor, a joint venture between Iberdrola and Endesa, in July 2013 for economic reasons.

The decree will allow nuclear operators to apply for renewal of a ...

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