Archive for June, 2016

June Newsletter No213

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TURBULENT TIMES AHEAD

The considerable political and economic uncertainties caused by the European Brexit referendum result mean that the UK nuclear energy industry is in for a turbulent time, no matter how hard those responsible for the country’s new build reactor programme try to play down the significance of Britain leaving the European Union.

As I write (and my musings could be overtaken by events before you get to read them) both of the main political parties are in crisis. The Prime ...

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Russia And France Are Discussing Nuclear Cooperation, Says Rosatom

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Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom is seeing “considerable interest” from French companies in cooperating on Rosatom projects abroad, the director of the company’s international business department Nikolay Drozdov told a workshop on Russian-French cooperation in nuclear energy in Paris.

Mr Drozdov said a number of French companies have applied for certification as qualified suppliers of equipment and services for Finland’s Hanhikivi nuclear power plant project, which is using Russian reactor technology.

Mr Drozdov said for the first time Rosatom is discussing not ...

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EDF and MHI consider collaboration

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French utility EDF and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) have today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for collaboration in civil nuclear power, including MHI taking a stake in Areva NP and joint development of the Atmea reactor design.

The MOU was signed today in Paris by EDF chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy and MHI president and CEO Shunichi Miyanaga.

In a joint statement, the companies said the signing of the MOU “is a strategic move to strengthen the links between the ...

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France’s Regulator Says 18 EDF Steam Generators May Have Anomaly

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Some primary bottom heads of steam generators installed at 18 of EDF’s 58 reactors in France could have a significant carbon concentration similar to the anomaly found on the reactor pressure vessel at the company’s Flamanville-3 EPR under construction in northern France, French nuclear safety authority ASN said.

Areva, EDF and ASN reported in April 2015 that chemical tests Areva performed in 2012 on steel similar to that used in the reactor vessel top and bottom heads at Flamanville-3 showed a ...

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Areva outlines restructuring plan

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France’s Areva today presented plans for the sale of a majority stake of its reactor business to EDF and a restructuring through the creation of a new company focused on the nuclear fuel cycle. The process is expected to be completed next year.

In late July 2015, EDF and Areva announced they had signed a memorandum of understanding setting out the principal terms and conditions for EDF to take a majority share in Areva’s reactor business, Areva NP. The following month, ...

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