Archive for May, 2014

2014 Nuclear Issues Vol 37 No 3 May

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Prejudiced science

It is now possible to have some understanding of the doubts of the climate change skeptics and their criticisms of the IPCC scientists when some of the statements relating to nuclear power from the IPCC show a clear prejudice.

This prejudice however is not surprising. The summary for policy makers of the IPCC working group 3 was compiled with contributions from 24 countries, 14 of whom came from Germany, 8 from the USA, 6 from India, 3 each from Brazil, ...

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May Newsletter No188

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Let us spread the nuclear message like Professor Fells

Let us give thanks for Ian Fells. Newcastle Upon Tyne’s emeritus professor wrote a very simple letter to The Times on May19 in response to its leader a week earlier entitled: “Wanted: An energy policy”.

He said: “You emphasise fracking but do not mention nuclear power, which is secure, predictable and not subject to fluctuations in fuel price, as gas is. Nuclear can provide long-term security of supply with very low carbon emissions. ...

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EC Proposes Diversification Of Fuel Supplies As Condition For New Nuclear

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The diversification of nuclear fuel supplies could become a condition for any new investment in nuclear power stations to be built in the EU, especially when using non-EU technology, the European Commission says in its European Energy Security Strategy released today.

The strategy, which the EC says was released in response to “the current geopolitical environment”, says there are only a few places in the world where uranium can be made into fuel for nuclear power stations and Russia is a ...

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France’s State Auditor Says EDF’s Nuclear Costs Are Increasing

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EDF’s costs to produce nuclear power from its fleet of 58 nuclear reactors in France are increasing as investment needed to keep aging reactors safe over the next two decades could reach 90 billion euros (EUR) (123 billion US dollars), the state auditor said.

“Production costs from the existing fleet are heading higher over the medium-term,” France’s Cour des Comptes said in a report to parliament published today.

The report, which updates findings in a January 2012 report, said that in 2012 ...

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Bern Voters Reject Bid To Close Mühleberg Immediately

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Voters in the Swiss canton of Bern yesterday rejected an initiative to prematurely shut down the single-unit Mühleberg nuclear station, which is scheduled for closure in 2019.

A clear majority of 63.3 percent said no to the proposal to immediately stop operation of the plant, which is owned and operated by utility BKW-FMB Energie AG (BKW).

Voter turnout was 51.6 percent with 236,285 voting against immediate shutdown and 137,285 in favour.

The 373-megawatt boiling water reactor unit began commercial operation in November 1972. ...

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France Plans Introduction Of Commercial Fast Neutron Reactors In 2040

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France is planning to introduce commercial fast neutron nuclear reactors (FNRs) in 2040 and to phase out its operational Generation II light water reactors (LWRs) by 2050, a conference has heard.

Christophe Béhar, head of the nuclear energy division at the French Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA), told the European Nuclear Congress in Marseille, France, that France is looking to “intensify its efforts” to develop FNRs with a closed fuel cycle.

He said challenges involved in the development ...

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Tepco Reaches Half Way Point In Removal Of Fuel Assemblies

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More than half of the fuel assemblies from Fukushima-Daiichi-4 have been transferred to a central storage pool with the remainder scheduled to be removed by the end of the year, operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said.

In an operation that began in November 2013, Tepco has so far removed 792 used fuel assemblies and 22 unused ones from the unit’s fuel pool. The remaining 539 used and 180 unused assemblies should be moved before the end of the year, the ...

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Wano Creates Scholarships To Mark 25th Anniversary

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The World Association of Nuclear Operators (Wano), formed in 1989 after the nuclear accident at Chernobyl, has marked the 25th year of its creation by establishing scholarships for four students aged 25 and under who are pursuing degrees in nuclear power generation.

In addition to the scholarships, which are worth 2,500 pounds (4,100 US dollars, 3,000 euro), the four winners will be Wano’s guests at its 2015 biennial general meeting in Toronto.

Based in London with a branch office in Hong Kong ...

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