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Areva revenues up in 2012

Located in: Corporate

01 February 2013

Although orders continued to be cancelled following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, Areva reported that overall sales revenue grew 5.3% in 2012 while its order backlog remained unchanged from the year before.

Nuclear fuel tax 'formally unconstitutional'

Located in: Nuclear Policies

30 January 2013

Germany's tax on nuclear fuel was designed 'to siphon off the profits of the nuclear power plant operators', judges in Hamburg have ruled. The tax exceeds government competence and contradicts the country's constitution.

Hitachi Zosen buys NAC International

Located in: Corporate

25 January 2013

Magnastor at Palo Verde (NAC)_48Hitachi Zosen is to buy used fuel management specialist NAC International from its current owner, USEC, in a $45 million deal that will provide the Japanese company with a platform to expand its operations in spent fuel transportation and storage.

Resolution on EU stress test lessons

Located in: Regulation and Safety

25 January 2013

The European Parliament's energy committee has approved a draft resolution recommending the speedy implementation of lessons learned from stress tests conducted at the European Union's (EU's) nuclear power reactors.

Fossil imports burn Japanese trade again

Located in: Nuclear Policies

25 January 2013

Japanese spending on imported fossil fuels soared in the latter part of last year, helping push the country to a trade deficit for the second year in a row. Emissions targets are under revision as most nuclear power plants remain closed.

Nuclear plant design needs blue sky approach

Located in: Regulation and Safety

22 January 2013

Designers of nuclear plants should have more responsibility over plant design throughout the operating lifetimes of all their reactors, according to a new study by a working group of the World Nuclear Association.

First criticality for Hongyanhe unit

Located in: New Nuclear

22 January 2013

Hongyanhe Phase I construction 48Unit 1 of the Hongyanhe plant in Liaoning province in northeast China has moved closer to commissioning by achieving a sustained chain reaction. All four units at Phase I of the plant are scheduled to be completed by the end of next year.

Japan learns nuclear restart requirements

Located in: Regulation and Safety

21 January 2013

Tough new rules for Japanese nuclear power plants have been revealed in draft form. Among them are that power companies should be able to contain a severe accident situation for an entire week without outside help.

Swiss to vote on new proposal for phase out

Located in: Nuclear Policies

18 January 2013

A Green-led initiative to phase out the use of nuclear energy in Switzerland by 2029 has secured enough support for a national referendum on the issue to be held. A date for the vote has yet to be announced.

Fukushima Daiichi 4 frame takes shape

Located in: Regulation and Safety

15 January 2013

Fukushima 4 frame (Tepco)_48The first layer of steel framing for a cover that will allow removal of used fuel from Fukushima Daiichi unit 4 has been completed.


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