Russia proposes new closed fuel cycle

21 September 2017

Zalimskaya - Symposium 2017 - 460 (WNA)

A new nuclear fuel cycle providing acceptable and reliable back-end solutions will be essential to sustain dynamic growth in global nuclear energy, Liudmila Zalimskaya, general director of JSC Tenex, told the World Nuclear Association's Symposium in London last week. Proposed approaches centre on reprocessing and recycling of used fuel, allowing uranium and plutonium resources to be used to their fullest extent while reducing the amounts of waste for disposal. Tenex is the nuclear fuel cycle product supplier subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

The increase in nuclear power capacity called for by the International Energy Agency's 2 Degrees Scenario and the World Nuclear Association's Harmony initiative will need to be supported by a fuel cycle that is capable of ensuring such growth is sustainable, Zalimskaya said. The existing nuclear fuel cycle faces many challenges, especially at the back-end where current models are far from optimal, she added.

Demolition starts of US vitrification plant

22 September 2017

WVDP vitrification facility demolition - 48Following two years of planning, demolition of the West Valley Demonstration Project vitrification facility in New York State began last week. The work is scheduled to be completed in eight months.

Rosatom outlines future of nuclear in IAEA address

21 September 2017

Rosatom director-general Alexey Likhachov has explained the Russian state nuclear corporation's "long-range agenda" at the 61st Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference being held this week in Vienna. During the event, Rosatom signed a number of agreements with its international partners.

Russia and Paraguay forge closer nuclear power ties

20 September 2017

ARRN-Rosatom - September 2017 - 48Russia and Paraguay have signed an agreement on cooperation for peaceful use of nuclear power. The document was signed yesterday, in Vienna, during the 61st International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference, by Alexey Likhachov, director-general of Rosatom, and César Cardozo Román, minister and executive secretary of the National Radiological and Nuclear Control Agency of Paraguay.

IAEA celebrates 20 years of waste safety convention

21 September 2017

Member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have celebrated the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Joint Convention on Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Safety. The convention has contributed to a significant level of safety in the management of used fuel and radioactive waste, said IAEA deputy director general Juan Carlos Lentijo.

Initiative launched for management of sealed sources

20 September 2017

The International Atomic Energy Agency has announced a concept for creating qualified technical centres for the long-term management of disused sealed radioactive sources.

China plans further high temperature reactor innovation

19 September 2017

China is moving rapidly towards using nuclear power as an industrial heat source and as a direct replacement for coal, Yulong Wu, CEO of Chinergy, told a side event at the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA's) General Conference today.

Valuing nuclear power in the USA

The World Nuclear Association's newly published Fuel Report indicates that, by 2035, the United States might be losing 11 reactor units (reference scenario), losing 30 (lower scenario), or losing two and gaining five (upper scenario). Michael Pacilio, COO of Exelon Generation, says he is "optimistic that we won't do nothing".

The following is an abridged version of Pacilio's Hot Seat Interview at the Association's annual symposium in London last week.

Just recently in the United States, the Department of Energy issued a Staff Report to the Secretary of Energy about electricity markets and reliability. I'll paraphrase: If you believe in the importance of the reduction of greenhouse gases, you like nuclear; if you believe in resilience in the grid, you like nuclear; if you believe from a national security perspective that diversity in fuels is important in America, you like nuclear; if you like the hundreds of thousands of jobs that it supplies, you like nuclear; if you like the tax base that it provides, you like nuclear.

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