Joint venture wins Sellafield contract

29 September 2014

A joint venture of Jacobs, Amec and Balfour Beatty has won an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) framework contract to provide a new facility to treat and immobilize hazardous wastes from the decommissioning of the UK's nuclear legacy facilities.

The Box Encapsulation Plant (BEP) will treat nuclear waste recovered from Sellafield's Magnox Swarf Storage Silos (MSSS), immobilise it and prepare it for long-term storage. The three joint venture partners will be responsible for the complete life cycle of the plant construction project, from design, engineering, procurement, installation and construction management through to commissioning and handover. Work is scheduled to start within the fourth quarter of 2014.

The framework contract is potentially worth between £240 million and £336 million (between $390 million and $546 million) over up to four years. The joint venture partners, who have promised to engage local small and medium businesses in their supply chain, will share the financial terms equally.

Tokai reprocessing plant to shut

29 September 2014

Tokai reprocessing plant 48The Japan Atomic Energy Agency will shut its reprocessing plant in Tokai, reportedly due to the costs of modifications required under post-Fukushima safety regulations.

Pakistan aspires to international role

26 September 2014

Pakistan would like to be a full member of export control regimes and to play a part in the international nuclear industry, according to the country's statement to the International Atomic Energy Agency's 58th General Conference.

TVO denied extension to decision in principle

26 September 2014

The Finnish government has decided not to grant Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) an extension to its 2010 decision in principle for the construction of a fourth unit at the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant.

Rostechnadzor outlines used fuel targets

26 September 2014

Russia expects to reprocess all of its 'damaged' used nuclear fuel - at Mayak Production Association in Ozersk - by 2030, and to open the second stage of its centralized dry storage facility - at the Mining and Chemical Combine in Zheleznogorsk - by 2016. 

Vessel installed at Fangchenggang 2

26 September 2014

Fangchenggang 2 RPV instalation 48The reactor pressure vessel has been installed at the second unit of the Fangchenggang nuclear power plant in China's Guangxi province. The unit is scheduled to begin operating in 2016.

First concrete at Russian radiochemical research centre

25 September 2014

NIIAR radiochemical lab - first concrete 48NIKIMT-Atomstroy said yesterday that it had poured first concrete for a multi-functional radiochemical research centre at the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors in Dimitrovgrad.

Editorial

Public perception of uranium mining is largely based on the poor, unregulated practices of the industry's earliest days. But the industry has learned from its past, and modern practices and regulatory regimes have transformed uranium mining into one of the most highly regulated and safest forms of mining in the world today, writes Robert Vance.

Although prospects for the global growth of nuclear generating capacity have declined somewhat since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in 2011, overall they remain good. New uranium mines will thus be needed to meet the increased demand for the uranium that accompanies such growth. However, in many countries, negative perceptions of uranium mining based on the legacies of past practices linger, and a lack of awareness of present-day mining practices and the management of mining impact can hinder the development of additional mines.

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