India extends training opportunities through IAEA

24 March 2017

GCNEC building - 404 (GCNEC)

Nuclear professionals from across Asia will be able to use new training facilities at a soon-to-be-opened Indian research centre under extended cooperation between India and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Sekhar Basu, chairman of India's Atomic Energy Commission, and Yukiya Amano, director general of the IAEA, have agreed on the extended cooperation that will enable IAEA-nominated experts in advanced nuclear energy, nuclear security, radiological safety, nuclear material characterisation and applications of radioisotopes and radiation technologies to use the new training facilities of India’s Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership.

Areva NP awarded patents for innovative technologies

24 March 2017

Areva NP has recently been awarded three patents for innovations in the fuel operation as well as anticorrosion and maintenance tooling fields. The patents were for innovations developed by Areva employees in the USA.

Paladin announces arbitration proceedings

23 March 2017

Paladin Energy Limited plans to start arbitration proceedings against CNNC Overseas Uranium Holdings Ltd (CNNC Overseas) amid indications it will seek to acquire Paladin's interest in the Langer Heinrich uranium mine in Namibia. CNNC Overseas bought a 25% joint venture equity stake in Langer Heinrich for $190 million in January 2014.

China's CGN extends its cooperation with Kenya

23 March 2017

CGN-KNEB - March 2017 - 48China General Nuclear and the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board have extended their cooperation in the development of nuclear energy in the African country with the signing of two new agreements.

First cask emplaced at Sizewell B fuel store

23 March 2017

HI-STORM MIC cask in place at Sizewell B - 48The first cask containing used nuclear fuel from the Sizewell B pressurised water reactor has been placed within the unit's new dry fuel store. The milestone marks the first use of dry used fuel storage technology in the UK.

Barakah 3 sets pipe welding quality benchmark

23 March 2017

Barakah_3_dome_(Enec)-48Construction work at Barakah 3 in the United Arab Emirates has passed two milestones with the completion of reactor coolant loop pipe welding and the reactor containment building dome structure. The coolant loop work has set a new industry benchmark for quality in pipe welding.

Bechtel, GEH team up on European decommissioning

22 March 2017

USA-based firms Bechtel and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) have today announced the formation of an alliance to offer decommissioning and dismantling services for nuclear power plants in Germany and Sweden.

Changes to UK nuclear liability regime

With the return of nuclear new build in the UK, the potential to be liable for nuclear damage will be of vital importance to all parties in the nuclear supply chain as well as investors and funders of new nuclear projects, writes Darren Walsh.

The Nuclear Installations (Liability For Damage) Order 2016 (2016 Order) was made on 4 May 2016 and is expected to become law early this year. In two protocols dated 12 February 2004, the contracting parties to the Paris Convention and Brussels Convention agreed a number of significant changes to the regime on nuclear third party liability. The 2016 Order implements the protocols from 2004 in the UK. In the event of a nuclear incident an increased amount of compensation will be available, in respect of a broader range of damage, to a wider category of claimants.

As a number of the new nuclear reactors in the UK will be built adjacent to existing nuclear licensed sites, the 2016 Order seeks to clarify the interaction of potential liability between new build nuclear sites and legacy nuclear sites.

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