First Hualong One unit at Fuqing takes shape

25 May 2017

Fuqing 5 dome installation - 460 (CNNC)

The dome has been installed on the containment building of unit 5 at the Fuqing nuclear power plant. The unit - the first of two demonstration Hualong One units being built at the site in China's Fujian province - is expected to start up in 2019.

The steel dome - measuring almost 47 meters in diameter and weighing about 340 tonnes - was placed upon the top of the containment building walls at 5.58pm today, China National Nuclear Corporation announced. This major milestone, it said, was reached 15 days ahead of schedule.

The hemispherical structure is a major component for protecting the reactor and preventing the release of radioactive materials into the environment in the event of a serious accident.

European industry rates decommissioning opportunities

25 May 2017

Germany is offering a great opportunity for new suppliers of decommissioning services because over the next five years all of its shutdown nuclear power plants will enter the decommissioning phase, Jörg Klasen, director of nuclear services at EnBW, said yesterday. Klasen spoke at the 8th Annual Nuclear Decommissioning & Waste Management Conference Europe 2017 being held in Manchester, England.

Replacement steam generators arrive at Cruas 1

25 May 2017

Steam generator for Cruas 1 - 48Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has delivered three replacement steam generators for unit 1 of the Cruas nuclear power plant in south-western France. They will be installed later this year during a scheduled maintenance outage.

UK public have say on revised Wylfa Newydd design

24 May 2017

Revised Wylfa Newydd plant design - 48Horizon Nuclear Power has today launched the third formal consultation on its planned Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant on the Isle of Anglesey. The public will be able to give their opinion on the latest proposals for the project, including a more compact plant design.

Westinghouse aims for competitive future

25 May 2017

Gutierrez_NEA2017_(NEI)-48Westinghouse's core business remains strong and the company intends to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy stronger, better and more competitive, interim president and CEO José Gutíerrez said yesterday.

Korsnick calls for concerted nuclear advocacy effort

24 May 2017

Maria Korsnick - NEA2017 - 48The US nuclear energy industry must work together to strengthen existing relationships and build new coalitions among supporters of nuclear energy's different attributes, according to Nuclear Energy Institute president and CEO Maria Korsnick.

IAEA notes improvements in Czech regulatory framework

23 May 2017

IAEA IRRS misison to Czech Republic - 48The Czech Republic has significantly enhanced its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety in recent years, but work remains in implementing the country's new Atomic Act, a mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency has concluded.

Gloves are off in fossil fuel fight against nuclear

The American Petroleum Institute (API) recently urged lawmakers in Ohio to "reject legislation that would subsidize nuclear power companies", launching an anti-nuclear campaign that marks a return to above board competition in energy markets, writes Rod Adams.

The Ohio division of the API called on "corporate supporters of the legislation to stop misleading Ohio consumers with false information on the economic and environmental consequences of shuttering nuclear power plants in the state". In question are bills before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee and the state Senate which would grant Zero Emission Credits to FirstEnergy's Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear power plants to ensure their continued operation. Given the two nuclear plants represent 14% of the state's power, compared to coal at 59%, gas at 23% and renewables at only 4%. The Wall Street Journal and Environmental Progress have taken note of the API's activities in Ohio.

This is one more example of what might be an important trend in the long running conversation about energy supply and consumption. It appears that at least part of the oil and gas industry has decided it's time to openly battle nuclear energy so that it can capture additional energy market share.

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