Archive for September, 2015

September Newsletter No204

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SLOW BUT SURE NUCLEAR GROWTH

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency world-wide nuclear generating capacity is set to expand over coming decades. The notable exception is Western Europe, where it is expected to decline. That can be attributed largely to Germanys decision to abandon nuclear energy and continuing uncertainty over the UKs plans.

The size and timing of the anticipated expansion in other parts of the world is difficult to predict. ...

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Britain needs Hinkley Point C, says EDF Energy head

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As EDF Energy approaches a final investment decision for the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the UK, the company’s CEO, Vincent de Rivaz, has said it is “the right technology, at the right price, at the right time”.

The 100,000th visitor to EDF Energy’s nuclear power plant visitor centres since the first one opened three years ago was welcomed to the Dungeness plant by de Rivaz yesterday. He presented Shaun Kirby, head of science at a nearby school, ...

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NuGen Signs Long-Term Agreement With Sellafield And NDA

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NuGen has signed a long-term agreement with Sellafield Ltd and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to support “safe and compliant operations” at its Moorside nuclear site in Cumbria, northwest England.

The agreement was signed at the same time as NuGen’s recent land deal with the NDA, which confirmed the Moorside site, near Sellafield, as suitable for the construction of three Westinghouse AP1000 reactors. NuGen said all three parties had been working under temporary arrangements for some time, but the long-term agreement ...

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Japan’s Kyushu Electric Power Company

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Japan’s Kyushu Electric Power Company completed loading all 157 fuel assemblies into the core of unit 2 of the Sendai nuclear power plant on 13 September in preparation for the reactor’s restart.

The company expects to restart Sendai 2 before the end of this year. Unit 1 was restarted in August, the first Japanese reactor to be resume operation after the country’s entire fleet was taken offline by the government following the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi accident.

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UK Needs Nuclear Because Renewables Cannot Fill Gap, Says NIA Chairman

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Unless the UK has new nuclear it is going to lose a vital source of reliable, secure low-carbon electricity, chairman of the London-based Nuclear Industry Association Lord Hutton has said.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Lord Hutton, a former secretary of state for business, said: “While we’ve seen a welcome expansion in renewables, these are intermittent and cannot fill the gap alone.” He said when he instigated the nuclear white paper in 2008, which opened the doors for companies to invest ...

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Three challenges for Areva

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Areva faces three major challenges as it turns itself around from its record 2014 losses, company CEO Philippe Knoche said today.

Those challenges are making sure that the company manages to complete large projects; making sure that it adapts to post-Fukushima market conditions, and making sure that it addresses the level of debt resulting from past investments. Knoche gave examples of such challenges in an address to the World Nuclear Association’s 2015 Symposium in London today.

Knoche cited a “large project” in ...

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Japan’s Sendai-1 Officially Resumes Commercial Operation, Operator Says

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The Sendai-1 nuclear reactor in southwestern Japan returned to commercial operation at 16:00 local time yesterday, the first reactor to resume full operation in Japan since the March 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident.

Operator Kyushu Electric Power Company said commercial operation began after a comprehensive pre-service inspection was completed. The 846-megawatt pressurised water reactor unit, which first began commercial operation in July 1984, was restarted on 11 August. All of Japan’s 48 commercial reactor units were shut down for safety checks and upgrades ...

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Fuel Loading Begins At Japan’s Sendai-2

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Kyushu Electric Power Company has begun loading nuclear fuel into the second reactor at its Sendai nuclear station in southwestern Japan after completing a pre-service inspection of the unit, the company said in a statement.

According to Kyodo News the unit is scheduled to restart in mid-October under upgraded safety regulations adopted following the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident. The number two reactor at the two-unit plant will become the second to be restarted in Japan since the post-Fukushima safety requirements came into ...

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