Archive for April, 2016

April Newsletter No211

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A FARCE WORTHY OF FEYDEAU

Politicians at daggers drawn. A furious French President banging heads together. A major nuclear power station building project thrown into doubt. A “flamboyant” executive in denial, insisting that all will come right in the end.. Rebellious workers warning their bosses that they could face expensive law suits. This has all the appearance of a plot devised by Georges Feydeau, the French playwright famous for his farces. In fact it describes, ...

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International support for rehabilitation of Chernobyl site

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A crucial project at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant can now proceed to its final stages thanks to additional pledges by the international donor community at a conference in Kiev yesterday. On the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and President of the European Council Donald Tusk held talks by telephone during which Tusk underlined the EU’s “comprehensive support” to Ukraine in overcoming the consequences of the disaster.

On 26 April 1986, the Chernobyl ...

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Chernobyl 30 Years On: Key Remediation And Safety Projects Are ‘On Track’

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Thirty years after the accident at Chernobyl, key remediation and safety projects at the site in Ukraine are on track and construction of the vital €1.5bn ($1.6bn) New Safe Confinement (NSC) is almost finished with commissioning scheduled for November 2017, the company in charge of construction and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) told NucNet.

A spokesman for Novarka, a 50:50 joint venture formed by French multinationals Vinci Construction and Bouygues Travaux Publics, said since the preliminary design for ...

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James Fisher Nuclear Ltd

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James Fisher Nuclear Ltd has been awarded a four- year contract by Magnox to deliver a facility for the remote segmentation and packaging of the reactor core of the redundant Steam Generating Heavy Water Reactor located at Winfrith in Dorset.

This will be one of the largest value turnkey decommissioning projects to have been awarded in the UK in recent years, JFN said today. The SGHWR reactor will be only the second reactor core within the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority estate to ...

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German Minister Urges Belgium To Shut Down Reactors For ‘Further Investigation’

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Germany’s environment minister has asked Belgium to take its Tihange-2 and Doel-3 pressurised water reactor (PWR) units offline for further investigations into their safety, the German federal ministry for the environment, nature conservation, building and nuclear safety (BMUB) said in a statement.

The statement came after the German Reactor Safety Commission (Reaktorsicherheitskommission, or RSK) – an independent expert group of the BMUB – said it could not confirm that the two PWRs are safe. RSK said this was the result of ...

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EDF Energy CEO Warns Of ‘Dire’ Situation For Electricity Generators

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Key components of the UK’s electricity market reform package need to be improved because of the “challenging” context of very low and falling electricity prices for generators, EDF Energy chief executive officer Vincent de Rivaz told a conference in London.

Mr de Rivaz told the Nuclear Safety Symposium on 14 April 2016 that the UK’s electricity market reform put in place three main components: the contract for difference (CfD), the capacity market and the carbon price floor.

But he said the situation ...

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UK capable of producing Westinghouse SMR vessel

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The UK has the capabilities to produce the reactor pressure vessel for Westinghouse’s small modular reactor (SMR) design, according to an independent assessment by the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC).

Westinghouse announced in early March that a manufacturing study to investigate the fabrication of reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) for its SMR in the UK would be carried out through a collaboration with the NAMRC. The RPV is “one of the largest and most demanding parts of any reactor”, they said.

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European Parliament Wants More Information On Schedule And Cost For Iter

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The European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee has recommended postponing the granting of the 2014 budget discharge of Fusion for Energy (F4E), the EU agency providing the European contribution to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) project, F4E said.

The proposed postponement would allow for more information to become available on the revised schedule and cost estimate of the Iter project. The total cost of the project has been estimated at €15bn (about $16bn).

F4E said the additional information is expected to be ...

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