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Nuclear power chiefs assess path to new capacity growth

Located in: Nuclear Policies

18 September 2015

Leaders panel - Sympo 2015 - 48Industry leaders last week debated how to bridge the gap between the World Nuclear Association's vision of an extra 1000 GWe of new nuclear power capacity by 2050, and the practicalities of working within current political, regulatory and financial environments.

Uranium inventories driving markets

Located in: Uranium and Fuel

15 September 2015

Jonathan_Hinze_Sympo_2015_(WNN)_48Global uranium inventories upwards of 1.1 billion pounds U3O8 equivalent (423,100 tU) are likely to drive the uranium markets for some time to come, affecting not just uranium suppliers but also the conversion and enrichment industries, according to the Ux Consulting Company (UxC).

China looks forward to reactor firsts

Located in: New Nuclear

14 September 2015

Zhongtang_Wang_Sympo_2015_(WNN)_48China's first AP1000 reactor, Sanmen 1, is expected to begin commercial operation in September 2016, while governmental permission is expected for work to start on the first Chinese-designed CAP1400 by the end of this year.

Three challenges for Areva

Located in: Corporate

11 September 2015

Philippe_Knoche_(WNN)_48Areva faces three major challenges as it turns itself around from its record 2014 losses, company CEO Philippe Knoche said today.

IAEA sees slow but sure nuclear growth

Located in: Nuclear Policies

08 September 2015

World nuclear generating capacity is set to continue expanding over the coming decades, although at a slower pace than previously anticipated, according to newly published International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) projections.

Philippsburg 1 reactor segmentation contract

Located in: Waste and Recycling

08 September 2015

Philippsburg plant - 48A consortium led by Westinghouse has been awarded a contract for dismantling the reactor pressure vessel and internals of unit 1 at the Philippsburg nuclear power plant in Germany. The unit shut down in 2011.

Amano highlights IAEA's broad scope

Located in: Nuclear Policies

07 September 2015

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general Yukiya Amano highlighted the broad scope of the agency's activities, from nuclear safety and security to sustainable development goals, in his introductory statement to the IAEA's board of governors today.

Evacuation order lifted for Fukushima town

Located in: Regulation and Safety

07 September 2015

The evacuation order has been lifted for the town of Naraha in Fukushima prefecture, allowing residents to permanently return to their homes there. Naraha, located within 20 kilometres of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, is the first of seven municipalities that were fully evacuated to have its order removed.

Fukushima Daiichi drainage system enters operation

Located in: Regulation and Safety

03 September 2015

Fukushima Daiichi subdrain system - 48The flow of groundwater into the reactor buildings and port area of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan should be significantly reduced with the start of use of a new system to pump, treat, test and discharge the water.

Complacency contributed to Fukushima accident, says Amano

Located in: Regulation and Safety

02 September 2015

Japan considered its nuclear power plants safe and was therefore not prepared for the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, International Atomic Energy Agency director general Yukiya Amano has said in a comprehensive report on the accident.

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