Archive for March, 2015

Argentina, Bolivia sign agreement to develop nuclear energy

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Argentina and Bolivia have signed a cooperation agreement to promote and develop infrastructure and institutions for the peaceful use of nuclear energy, the Bolivian ministry of hydrocarbons and energy said on 28 March.

The agreement was signed by the head of the ministry, Luis Alberto Sanchez, and Argentina’s minister for federal planning, Julio de Vido, during Sanchez’s official visit to Buenos Aires.
The agreement will “strengthen the scientific, technical and financial support in national nuclear programs under the framework of [Bolivia’s] ...

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NuScale upper module mock-up completed

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NuScale Power has completed fabrication and assembly of a full-scale upper module mock-up of its NuScale small modular reactor (SMR).

The major components of the mock-up are: the upper portion of the containment vessel; the reactor vessel head; major piping (including steam and feedwater); the control rod drive mechanisms; major values (including isolation valves); and, the module access platform.

NuScale said the availability of a full-scale mock-up will give its engineers “important insights into the inspection and maintenance activities that are essential ...

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France’s larger reactors OK for 40 years, says regulator

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French nuclear regulators have found no generic elements that would compromise the safety of the country’s 1300 MWe nuclear reactors over a 40-year operating life.

Pierre-Franck Chevet, president of the Autorité De Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN), has notified nuclear operator EDF that to date, no generic issues have been identified that would affect EDF’s ability to control reactor safety up to the reactors’ fourth ten-yearly safety review. The regulator will, at a later date, produce reactor-by-reactor findings based on its analysis of ...

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Urenco gets US regulatory approval to expand Eunice plant

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CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of this story implied Urenco USA would expand the LES facility to its new licenced capacity of 10 million SWU. This company’s plans are clarified below.

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved a licence amendment allowing Urenco to expand its Eunice enrichment plant.

The amendment is related to Louisiana Energy Services’ (LES’s) intention to expand its enrichment capacity at the Urenco USA facility by adding three new separation building modules (SBMs) and associated support facilities, in ...

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A path towards innovating nuclear energy

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At the heart of the modern energy debate is a struggle between the need for more energy globally, while simultaneously achieving lower emissions. Nuclear energy is uniquely positioned to help respond to these duelling necessities, but innovative advancements must overcome considerable barriers, writes Todd Allen.

The topic of nuclear energy can be a polarizing one, but all sides agree that the nuclear energy sector could benefit from significant innovation. The industry can and should work together to address six key areas ...

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France’s larger reactors OK for 40 years, says regulator

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French nuclear regulators have found no generic elements that would compromise the safety of the country’s 1300 MWe nuclear reactors over a 40-year operating life.

Pierre-Franck Chevet, president of the Autorité De Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN), has notified nuclear operator EDF that to date, no generic issues have been identified that would affect EDF’s ability to control reactor safety up to the reactors’ fourth ten-yearly safety review. The regulator will, at a later date, produce reactor-by-reactor findings based ...

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2015 Nuclear Issues Vol 38 No 2 March

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The elephant in the room

To mark his retirement from the paper the editor of the Guardian has commissioned a series of articles on threat of climate change as a consequence of the ever-increasing discharge of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from the combustion of fossil fuels.

His intention is to remedy the insufficient attention the paper has given in the past to the “overshadowing, overwhelming issue of how climate change will probably, within the lifetime of our children, cause untold havoc ...

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March Newsletter No198

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YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE (POSSIBLY)

Del Boy Trotter, in the television comedy series Only Fools and Horses, regularly insists that “you know it makes sense” when trying to press home the case for something he’s not too sure about or is trying to please those he’s trying to influence. The European Union behaves in a similar way when it comes to nuclear energy.

After six years of debate the 28 member states of the EU have agreed to integrate their markets ...

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