Urenco gets US regulatory approval to expand Eunice plant

31 March 2015

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved a licence amendment allowing Urenco to expand its Eunice enrichment plant.

The amendment is related to Louisiana Energy Services' (LES's) intention to expand its enrichment capacity at the Urenco USA facility by adding three new separation building modules (SBMs) and associated support facilities, in a phased approach over the next several years. Doing so would increase Urenco USA's total enrichment production capacity from 3.7 million separative work units (SWU) to 10 million SWU.

In June 2014, LES wrote to the NRC requesting authorization to modify its licence possession limit to 251,000,000 kilograms of uranium - natural, depleted, and daughter products, in the same chemical and physical form - up from the 136,120,000 kg amount that is currently authorized.

France's larger reactors OK for 40 years, says regulator

31 March 2015

ASN inspection 48 (ASN)French nuclear regulators have found no generic elements that would compromise the safety of the country's 1300 MWe nuclear reactors over a 40-year operating life.

Argentina, Bolivia sign agreement to develop nuclear energy

31 March 2015

Argentina and Bolivia have signed a cooperation agreement to promote and develop infrastructure and institutions for the peaceful use of nuclear energy, the Bolivian ministry of hydrocarbons and energy said on 28 March.

Vessel installed at unit 2 of Novovoronezh II

30 March 2015

Novovoronezh II 2 RPV installed 48The reactor pressure vessel has been installed at unit 2 of the Novovoronezh II nuclear power plant, Russian architect-engineer AtomEnergoProekt said today. Installation was carried out in two stages.

NuScale upper module mock-up completed

31 March 2015

NuScale upper module mock-up - 48NuScale Power has completed fabrication and assembly of a full-scale upper module mock-up of its NuScale small modular reactor.

Switzerland revises nuclear liability law

30 March 2015

Switzerland's government has adopted a total revision of the federal ordinance on civil nuclear liability. The ordinance governs the enforcement of the country's new civil nuclear liability law, which was passed by parliament in 2008 but has yet to come into force.

Rosenergoatom plans tender for decommissioning feasibility study

30 March 2015

Rosenergoatom plans to launch tender at the end of April to conduct a feasibility study for preparing nine reactors for decommissioning between 2016 and 2020. A subsidiary of Rosatom, Rosenergoatom operates all of Russia's civilian nuclear power plants.

A path towards innovating nuclear energy

At the heart of the modern energy debate is a struggle between the need for more energy globally, while simultaneously achieving lower emissions. Nuclear energy is uniquely positioned to help respond to these duelling necessities, but innovative advancements must overcome considerable barriers, writes Todd Allen.


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