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November Newsletter No194

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A GREAT DEAL TO BE PLEASED ABOUT

I am fortunate to have succeeded my old friend Sir Bernard Ingham as SONE’s Secretary at a time when we have a great deal to be pleased about and to look forward to.

There have been false dawns in the past but this time I sense a growing recognition of the need for nuclear energy right across the board – Government, industry and the population at large.

That recognition even extends to people with genuine concerns ...

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All eyes on Hinkley

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The European Commission’s decision that the revised UK support package for EDF’s Hinkley Point C nuclear project is compatible with EU state aid rules does not necessarily provide an easy blueprint for subsequent projects. Other EU nuclear project sponsors and investors face a number of difficult issues that should be at the heart of planning for subsequent projects, write George Borovas, Nick Buckworth and James Webber.

The Commission found that although the UK’s deal with EDF included state aid, such aid ...

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Russia Takes Major Step In Production Of MOX Fuel

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Uranium & Fuel

 A Russian company has developed and manufactured a remotely operated welding system that will be used in Russia for the production of mixed uranium-plutonium oxide (MOX) fuel assemblies for nuclear power reactors.

Moscow-based civil engineering company Nikimt-Atomstroy said the system is used to feed and fix distance-wire onto the fuel rods. The wire ensures space between the rods in the fuel assembly – space which is needed to prevent the fuel rods touching and producing excess heat which could ...

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Agreement Signed For Construction Of Russia’s MBIR Fast Neutron Research Reactor

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Plans & Construction

An agreement has been signed for the construction and installation of the MBIR multipurpose fast neutron research reactor, which will be built at Russia’s Scientific Research Institute of Atomic Reactors (NIIAR) near Dimitrovgrad in western Russaia, state nuclear corporation Rosatom said.

The agreement, signed between NIIAR and construction company Ural Energostroy, will see the construction of the main reactor building, including the installation of the reactor pressure vessel, the steam generators and the turbine units, as well as the ...

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Areva Suspends Financial Targets, EDF Confirms Flamanville-3 Delays

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Plans & Construction

French nuclear group Areva has suspended its 2015 and 2016 financial targets, blaming delays to the Olkiluoto-3 EPR project in Finland, the slow restart of Japan’s reactors and a lacklustre nuclear market.

Meanwhile today, EDF said the Flamanville-3 EPR being built by Areva in Normandy, France, has been delayed, with commercial operation put back from 2016 to 2017.

Areva, about 87 percent owned by the French state, said the new schedule for the completion of Olkiluoto-3 for Finnish utility Teollisuuden ...

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Regulatory Uncertainty Is Largest Barrier To Energy Investment, Says EC

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Comment & People

The largest barrier to investment in the European energy sector is regulatory uncertainty, the director-general for energy at the European Commission (EC), said yesterday at a conference on shaping the EU’s energy policy to boost competitiveness.

Dominique Ristori said at the Brussels conference that Europe should have an “adequate legal framework” to give investors certainty and encourage them to put their money into the market.

Miguel Arias Cañete, commissioner for climate action and energy, said at the conference that the ...

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NRC Safety Report Paves Way For First ESBWR Licence

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Security & Safety

A US Nuclear Regulatory Commission final safety evaluation report concluded there are no safety aspects that would prevent issuing a licence for construction and operation of a GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) at the Enrico Fermi nuclear power plant site in Michigan.

The proposed Fermi-3 would be the first ESBWR to be built. The NRC certified the 1,600-megawatt design earlier this year. The next phase of the licensing process is a mandatory hearing by ...

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US Nuclear Industry Maintains ‘Excellent’ Safety Record, Says NRC Report

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Security & Safety

Nuclear reactor and materials licensees maintained their “excellent” safety record during the fiscal year that ended on 30 September 2014, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2014, issued yesterday.

The report says the NRC’s chief achievement was the extended storage rule, approved in August. This rule allowed the NRC to lift a suspension on licensing decisions for new reactors, reactor renewals, and renewals of spent fuel storage facilities.

The report is online

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