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Changes proposed to Japanese decommissioning

Located in: Waste and Recycling

21 October 2016

A proposal to change decommissioning rules in Japan could mean that operators will contribute to funds only during operation, and not, as previously, for a decade after final shutdown.

Watts Bar 2 begins commercial operation

Located in: New Nuclear

20 October 2016

Watts Bar 2 commercial operation - 48The USA's first new nuclear power reactor in 20 years - Watts Bar 2 - entered commercial operation yesterday, the Tennessee Valley Authority announced.

Cabinet approves German nuclear phase-out funding bill

Located in: Waste and Recycling

20 October 2016

The German cabinet yesterday adopted a draft bill on financing the decommissioning of the country's nuclear power plants and management of its radioactive waste. The bill is based on the recommendation of an independent commission reviewing the financing of Germany's nuclear phase-out.

Contract for nuclear islands of Xudabao Phase I

Located in: New Nuclear

14 October 2016

Xudaboa contract signing - 48A contract has been signed for the civil construction of the nuclear islands for units 1 and 2 of the Xudabao nuclear power plant in China's Liaoning province. The units are the first of six AP1000 reactors planned for the site.

Strong safety culture at Petten reactor

Located in: Regulation and Safety

13 October 2016

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Nuclear Safety Assessment of Research Reactors (INSARR) mission has concluded that NRG of the Netherlands has promoted and further developed a strong safety culture based on a mature management system at its Petten research reactor.

Japan bolsters reprocessing work, reports on Fukushima radiation

Located in: Regulation and Safety

05 October 2016

Japan has established a new organisation tasked with managing its reprocessing of used fuel, METI announced on 3 October. The Nuclear Reprocessing Organisation of Japan will be funded by the country's power utilities to cover the cost of the reprocessing work.

Watts Bar 2 completes power ascension testing

Located in: New Nuclear

04 October 2016

Watts_Bar_aerial_(TVA)-48Power ascension testing has been completed at Watts Bar 2, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced yesterday. The unit is now producing over 1150 MWe of energy as it begins preparations for commercial operation.

L-3 MAPPS to upgrade Fermi 2 simulator

Located in: Corporate

28 September 2016

Fermi 2 simulator - 48The full-scope operator training simulator at unit 2 of the Fermi nuclear power plant in Michigan is to be upgraded by Canada-based L-3 MAPPS under contracts signed with operator DTE Energy.

Japanese minister charts 'steady progress' after Fukushima

Located in: Regulation and Safety

27 September 2016

In the five-and-a-half years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, "steady progress" is being made in the decommissioning process and contaminated water management at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Hirotaka Ishihara, state minister of the cabinet office of Japan, told the International Atomic Energy Agency's 60th General Conference yesterday. Decontamination and environmental remediation are "moving forward" and the evacuation zones are "growing smaller", Ishihara said.

Hot tests completed at fourth Yangjiang unit

Located in: New Nuclear

27 September 2016

Yangjiang 4 hot tests completed - 48Unit 4 of the Yangjiang nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province has successfully completed pre-operational testing, China General Nuclear announced yesterday.


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