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Olkiluoto faces further delay to July 2020

Commissioning of the EPR at Olkiluoto in Finland has been delayed again, this time by six months to July 2020, utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj said yesterday. The new date was given in an updated schedule for the OL3 EPR unit from the plant supplier Areva-Siemens Consortium.


Perspectives

Viewpoint: Nuclear's small role in humanity's biggest adventure

Viewpoint: Nuclear's small role in humanity's biggest adventure

On 21 July, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon. During the brief few hours he and Buzz Aldrin spent on the surface they deployed a suite of scientific experiments, some of which would depend on radioisotope heaters to protect them from the harsh lunar night. Dr Jonathan Cobb, senior communication manager at World Nuclear Association, describes nuclear technology's role in the historic event.

18 July 2019


Rio Tinto completes Rössing sale to China

Rio Tinto completes Rössing sale to China

Rio Tinto has completed the sale of Rössing, the world's longest-running open pit uranium mine, to China National Uranium Corporation Limited for an initial cash payment of USD6.5 million plus a contingent payment of up to USD100 million.

Corporate 18 July 2019


US Senate committee passes bill promoting advanced reactors

US Senate committee passes bill promoting advanced reactors

A bill supporting advanced nuclear reactors was among 22 pieces of energy-related legislation approved by the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee yesterday. 

Nuclear Policies 17 July 2019


Canada launches environmental assessment of Micro Modular Reactor

Canada launches environmental assessment of Micro Modular Reactor

The Canadian government has issued the notice of commencement of an environmental assessment for a small modular reactor project proposed by Global First Power with support from Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation and Ontario Power Generation. The companies described the move as a significant "first" for the Canadian nuclear industry.

Regulation & Safety 17 July 2019


Perspectives

Viewpoint: Nuclear's small role in humanity's biggest adventure

Viewpoint: Nuclear's small role in humanity's biggest adventure

On 21 July, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon. During the brief few hours he and Buzz Aldrin spent on the surface they deployed a suite of scientific experiments, some of which would depend on radioisotope heaters to protect them from the harsh lunar night. Dr Jonathan Cobb, senior communication manager at World Nuclear Association, describes nuclear technology's role in the historic event.

18 July 2019


US President rejects request for uranium import quota

US President rejects request for uranium import quota

Uranium imports do not threaten the national security of the USA, President Donald Trump has decided in his response to the Uranium Miners’ Section 232 Petition. He did however call for a "fuller analysis" of national security considerations with respect to the entire nuclear fuel supply chain.

Uranium & Fuel 16 July 2019


Iran exceeding nuclear deal limits 'not significant', says EU

Iran exceeding nuclear deal limits 'not significant', says EU

European signatories to the Iran nuclear deal do not see Tehran's recent moves reducing compliance as significant and do not intend "for now" to trigger the agreement's dispute mechanism, Federica Mogherini, the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said yesterday, following a meeting of the EU's Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels

Nuclear Policies 16 July 2019


Foratom spells out benefits of long-term operation

Foratom spells out benefits of long-term operation

Foratom, the European nuclear trade body, has highlighted the importance of long-term operation of the existing fleet of nuclear power plants in a position paper published on 10 July. Ensuring the LTO of the European nuclear fleet will help Europe achieve its climate goals at an affordable cost, it says.

Energy & Environment 15 July 2019


E3 reaffirm commitment to Iran deal

E3 reaffirm commitment to Iran deal

France, Germany, and the UK - together known as the E3, as the three founding members of the European Union - issued a joint statement yesterday reaffirming their commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. But they said they were "deeply troubled" by recent events in the Gulf and "concerned" over US-Iran relations.

Nuclear Policies 15 July 2019


Uzbekistan adds second plant to nuclear power goal

Uzbekistan adds second plant to nuclear power goal

Uzbekistan has decided it now wants to build four nuclear power units and not just two as previously stated, Alisher Sultanov, the country's energy minister, said in an interview with news agency Kun.uz this week.

Nuclear Policies 12 July 2019


Ukraine seeks to improve Chernobyl's image

Ukraine seeks to improve Chernobyl's image

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree that sets out plans to develop the Chernobyl exclusion zone as a site for tourism, including new walking trails and enhanced mobile phone reception.

Energy & Environment 12 July 2019


State support pivotal to Russia’s nuclear sector, says report

State support pivotal to Russia’s nuclear sector, says report

Russia's nuclear power sector "continues to benefit" from supportive government policy, in contrast to "tighter restrictions" in Western Europe owing to environmental concerns and growing competition from renewables, S&P Global Ratings says in a report published yesterday.

Corporate 12 July 2019