Archive for December, 2014

2014 Nuclear Issues Vol 37 No 9 December

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The need for nuclear development.

The Government “Review of the Civil Nuclear R&D Landscape in the UK “ March 2013 said 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 ...

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December Newsletter No195

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Old king coal remains centre stage

Ten years from now Britain will no longer be generating electricity from coal – not even coal from other countries – if the Liberal Democrats have their way.

An industry which dominated the UK energy scene for centuries and with a post-war workforce large enough and powerful enough to challenge the authority of Prime Ministers will be no more. Old King Coal will have lost his crown.
And six years after that we will have a totally ...

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NRC Veteran Appointed Chairman

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Security & Safety
Stephen Burns, a 33-year veteran of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been designated by President Barack Obama as the commission’s new chairman with effect from 1 January 2015. Mr Burns, who has been an NRC commissioner since November 2014, will become the commission’s 16th chairman. He succeeds Allison Macfarlane, who is stepping down to take a position at George Washington University.

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Poll By New Industry Group Shows Support For UK Nuclear

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Comment & People

Fifty-eight percent of British adults support the use of nuclear power, including 21 percent who “strongly support” its use, according to a poll carried out by a new industry group.

The poll, commissioned by New Nuclear Watch Europe, an interest group founded by the chairman of the House of Commons’ Energy and Climate Change Committee, Tim Yeo, found that only 22 percent of respondents were opposed to nuclear. It also highlighted the public’s interest in the safe operation of ...

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Russia’s Rostov-3 Connected To Grid

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Plant Operation

Russia’s Rostov-3 VVER-1000 pressurised water reactor unit was connected to the grid on 27 December 2014, state nuclear power station operator Rosenergoatom said.

Construction of Rostov-3, near the city of Volgodonsk in southwest Russia, began in 2009. The Rostov station already has two VVER-1000 pressurised water reactor units in commercial operation, Rostov-1 and Rostov-2. Rostov-3 and Rostov-4 will use the same technology and have a capacity of 1,011 megawatts each.

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China’s Fangjiashan-2 Achieves First Criticality

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Plant Operation

The Fangjiashan-2 nuclear unit in Zhejiang province, eastern China, achieved first criticality on 25 December 2014, China National Nuclear Corporation said. Fuel loading at the Chinese-designed CPR-1000 pressurised water reactor unit began on 3 December 2014 and was completed ahead of schedule on 5 December 2014. Fangjiashan has two CPR-1000s. Unit 1 reached first criticality on 22 October 2014 and entered commercial operation on 16 December 2014.

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Ukraine’s Zaporozhye-6 Reconnected To Grid After Shutdown

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Unplanned Events & Incidents

Unit 6 at the Zaporozhye nuclear power station in Ukraine has been reconnected to the grid after the correction of a fault that led to its shutdown on 28 December 2014, operator Energoatom said.

The Russian VVER V-320 unit is operating at 40 percent power and the cause of the incident is being investigated, Energoatom said. The company said the unit was disconnected from the grid to avoid damage to the turbine. The incident has been provisionally rated ...

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China’s Regulator Renews Operating Licences For All Seven Qinshan Units

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Plant Operation

China’s nuclear regulator has approved the operating licences of all seven units at the Qinshan nuclear site in Zhejiang, eastern China, until 2017.

Licences are for the 300-megawatt Qinshan-1, the four 600 MW CNP-600 units at Qinshan 2 and the two Candu 6 reactors are Qinshan 3. In China licences for the operation of nuclear stations are usually renewable every three years.

 

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