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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.

Second cover assembly underway at Fukushima

Located in: Regulation and Safety

09 January 2013

The installation of steel columns next to Fukushima Daiichi unit 4 marks the start of construction on a cover that will aid in the removal of fuel. This is the second cover to get underway at the site.

 

New owner for EnergySolutions

Located in: Corporate

08 January 2013

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Private equity firm Energy Capital Partners is set to buy nuclear commercial services company EnergySolutions in a deal that values the firm at $1.1 billion.

 

Majority of local leaders approve Japanese restarts

Located in: Regulation and Safety

07 January 2013

Over half of the mayors of municipalities near Japan's nuclear power plants said they would approve the restart of reactors after the nuclear regulator confirms their safety, a survey has found.

Global ups and downs

Located in: Nuclear Policies

02 January 2013

Nuclear power begins 2013 with generating capacity 3667 MWe greater than a year before. The growth comes despite the retirement of Garoña and Gentilly 2 in the last week.


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