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Court ruling clears way for Sendai restarts

Located in: Regulation and Safety

22 April 2015

Sendai 48A court had ruled against a petition opposed to the restart of units 1 and 2 of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan's Kagoshima prefecture. The units now look set to resume operation later this year, becoming the first of the country's reactors to be restarted since the Fukushima Daiichi accident in 2011.

New cooling towers completed at Loviisa

Located in: Corporate

22 April 2015

Loviisa cooling towers - 48 (Fortum)The construction of a new backup air-cooling system independent of seawater cooling has been completed at the Loviisa plant in Finland. It is the first time such a cooling system has been used at a nuclear power plant.

Ground broken for Turkey's first nuclear power plant

Located in: New Nuclear

15 April 2015

Akkuyu groundbreaking ceremony 48Government and company officials yesterday launched construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant. The Russian-designed Akkuyu plant in Mersin, on the Mediterranean coast, is the first of three nuclear power plants the country plans to build to help boost its economy and reduce its dependence on fossil fuel imports.

Areva looks to consolidate German activities

Located in: Corporate

15 April 2015

Areva's German subsidiary, Areva GmbH, has announced plans to consolidate its activities. The move, in response to Germany's changing nuclear power market, would result in the closure of its engineering services facility in Offenbach.

Economic cost of Japan's nuclear shutdown

Located in: Nuclear Policies

14 April 2015

Nuclear power benefitted the Japanese economy by some ¥33 trillion over the years, said Masakazu Toyoda of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ), and the country risks wasting this in its slow progress to restart its reactors.

Robot enters Fukushima Daiichi unit 1 containment vessel

Located in: Regulation and Safety

10 April 2015

Snake robot in unit 1 PCV - 48UPDATED A shape-changing robot began surveying conditions within the primary containment vessel of the damaged unit 1 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant on 10 April. However, the robot stopped working before completing its mission.

Fukushima cesium on US coast 'well below' levels of concern, say scientists

Located in: Energy and Environment

08 April 2015

North America cesium 134 2014-15 48Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have for the first time detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in a seawater sample from the shoreline of North America.

Construction starts on Hongyanhe 5

Located in: New Nuclear

30 March 2015

Hongyanhe 5 first concrete 48China has resumed construction of new nuclear power plant projects after a hiatus of 15 months. Construction of the fifth unit of the Hongyanhe plant in Liaoning province began yesterday.

UAE applies for first nuclear operating licence

Located in: New Nuclear

27 March 2015

Barakah_OLA_submission_(ENEC)_48The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has submitted its application for an operating licence for the first two units at the Barakah nuclear power plant.

Westinghouse, Hochtief partner on decommissioning services

Located in: Waste and Recycling

27 March 2015

Neckarwestheim 48Westinghouse and German construction company Hochtief AG have teamed up to offer decommissioning, decontamination and remediation services for Germany's nuclear power plants.


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