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Hanhikivi investment decision

15 April 2014

A binding decision to construct and finance the Hanhikivi nuclear power plant in Finland has been made by the shareholders of Fennovoima, including Russian state nuclear company Rosatom.

At the general meeting of Fennovoima, held today in Helsinki, Voimaosakeyhtiö SF - the Finnish majority owner of Fennovoima - and Rosatom announced their intention to build the proposed Hanhikivi plant. The plant will be built in the municipality of Pyhäjoki on Finland's western coast.

Retortillo moves closer to production

24 April 2014

A mining licence for the Retortillo deposit in western Spain has been granted to Berkeley Resources by the regional government of Castilla and León. Retortillo would be Spain's only operating uranium mine but further permits are required before operations can begin.

Regulators fight third-time 'tax' on nuclear

23 April 2014

American nuclear power companies may have to pay to clean-up military enrichment sites - for the third time over. An independent association of regulators has joined industry to oppose the unwarranted 'tax'.

China seeks clean, sustainable energy for growth

22 April 2014

Nuclear power will feature in China's efforts to ensure energy security for the country's continued economic growth, premier Li Keqiang said at the first meeting of the newly-established National Energy Administration.

Nuclear helps Exelon achieve emissions goal

24 April 2014

Uprates of its existing nuclear power reactors has helped Exelon meet its self-imposed greenhouse gas emissions target seven years earlier than planned. The utility has called on US policymakers to recognize nuclear's role in meeting the country's emission reduction goals.

High-level waste arrives in Japan

23 April 2014

Pacific Grebe 48The fourth and largest shipment so far of high-level waste from the UK to Japan has been completed. All such waste, resulting from the reprocessing of used reactor fuel, should be returned from the UK to Japan by the end of the decade.

Vendors react to Czech cancellation

22 April 2014

An announcement by Areva that it has withdrawn legal action against the Czech Republic completed a round of reactions from the three vendors that made bids to build two new reactors at Temelin.

Industry Talk

UAE-Australia agreement

A cooperation agreement between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Australia has entered into force, clearing the way for Australia to supply uranium to fuel UAE's nuclear power program. The Australian Ministry for Trade and Investment expects the UAE will need to import around 800 tonnes of uranium per year from 2020.

Board approves Ranger restart

The board of Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) has approved plans to restart operations at the Ranger processing plant, halted since the failure of a leach tank in December 2013. Regulatory approvals will be required before the plant can restart.

Korean stator contract for Areva

Areva has been awarded a contract by Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power for the supply and replacement of six stators at units 3 and 4 of the Kori nuclear power plant. The components will be manufactured at Areva's Jeumont facility in northern France. Delivery of the stators will begin in June 2015 with installation to be completed in 2018.

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