Archive for January, 2015

January Newsletter No196

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An energy world full of contradictions

We live in a world of extraordinary contradictions, particularly if we work in the energy sector. In the UK a ten-year life extension for an important nuclear plant has just been announced while in Germany utilities have revealed that they are claiming billions of Euros from the Government, which happens to own them, for shutting reactors down prematurely.

In the UK one of the key fringe parties in the ...

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NRC Rejects Petition To Have Fukushima-Type Reactors Shut Down

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Security & Safety

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rejected a petition by an anti-nuclear group that called for the agency to suspend the operation of the country’s 22 remaining General Electric boiling water reactors with a Mark I primary containment system, which are the same as Units 1, 2 and 3 at Fukushima-Daiichi.

An emergency enforcement petition collected by the Maryland-based Beyond Nuclear group and originally filed in April 2011 asked the NRC to suspend operating licences at the units.

The NRC’s ...

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Rolls-Royce Wins Boiler Modification Contract For Dungeness B

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Plant Operation

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract by EDF Energy to carry out boiler modification work at the two-unit Dungeness B nuclear power station in the UK, to support proposed plant lifetime extension to 2028.

Rolls-Royce said the scope of work covers design, supply of parts, installation oversight and commissioning of a variety of additional diverse safety-related electrical control and instrumentation modifications to the boilers. The work will be completed during the station’s planned outages in 2017 and 2018.

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UK Strips Consortium Of Sellafield Contract

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Decommissioning

The UK government has stripped private consortium Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) of the contract to clean up the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria, northwest England.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) announced today that ownership of Sellafield Ltd, the company that manages and operates the site, will revert to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) from NMP, which took control of Sellafield Ltd under contract to the NDA, a public body, in 2008.

Decc said “new, simplified management arrangements” will be ...

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Heysham A-1 Returns To Grid

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Plant Operation

The Office of Nuclear Regulation granted permission for the Heysham A-1 nuclear unit in the UK to return to the grid after the discovery of a crack in a boiler spine in August 2014 led to it being shut down as a precautionary measure.

The ONR carried out an independent assessment and concluded that operator EDF Energy had demonstrated the continued safe operation of the advanced gas-cooled unit, which began commercial operation in 1989. EDF Energy confirmed on social media ...

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Argonne Joins Forces With Nuclear Industry On Next Generation Reactors

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Research & Development

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory will work with three nuclear products and services companies on projects that it says could unlock the potential of advanced nuclear reactor designs, helping create a new generation of safer, more efficient reactors.

The projects will see Argonne join forces with Areva Federal Services of South Carolina, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy of North Carolina and Westinghouse Electric Company of Monroeville, Pennsylvania to address “significant technical challenges” to the design, construction ...

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