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China confident in nuclear emergency preparedness

Located in: Regulation and Safety

27 January 2016

China's State Council has today issued its first white paper on nuclear energy, detailing policies and measures to boost nuclear emergency preparedness and promoting nuclear security. Nuclear safety, it says, has been strengthened in parallel with development of its nuclear industry.

IAEA praises reform of Japan's nuclear regulator

Located in: Regulation and Safety

22 January 2016

IRRS mission to Japan - Jamet - Jan 2016 - 48Japan's nuclear regulator has "demonstrated independence and transparency" since it was established in 2012, an International Atomic Energy Agency peer review mission has concluded. However, it suggests the regulator needs to bolster its technical competence ahead of the restart of more of Japan's nuclear facilities.

Fuel removal machine for Fukushima Daiichi 3

Located in: Waste and Recycling

18 January 2016

Toshiba fuel removal system for FD3 - 48A remotely operated system will be supplied by Toshiba for the removal of the remaining debris and fuel assemblies from the used fuel pool of the damaged unit 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Meanwhile, Nukem Technologies will conduct feasibility studies on the development of further technologies for the plant's decommissioning.

Research focuses on submersible robots

Located in: Corporate

14 January 2016

Amphibious robots that can measure radiation levels underwater are to be developed through a joint project involving British and Japanese researchers. Such machines could help in clean-up and decommissioning activities at nuclear power facilities.

China launches Phase II of Fangchenggang and Tianwan projects

Located in: New Nuclear

30 December 2015

Fangchenggang 3 first concrete - 48First concrete was poured for unit 3 of the Fangchenggang nuclear power plant in China's Guangxi province on 24 December, China General Nuclear (CGN) announced. The event was attended by Zhang Xiaoqin, vice-chairman of Guangxi, who officially launched Phase II of the Fangchenggang nuclear power plant project.

Bangladesh, Russia ink $12.65 billion Rooppur plant deal

Located in: New Nuclear

29 December 2015

Bangladesh and Russia have reportedly agreed to invest $12.65 billion in a project to build two 1200 MWe nuclear power units at Rooppur. According to Reuters, the agreement was signed on 25 December by Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Russia's Rosatom.

BKW applies to decommission Mühleberg

Located in: Regulation and Safety

21 December 2015

Muehleberg NPP - 48Swiss utility BKW has initiated the process for decommissioning the Mühleberg nuclear power plant by submitting an application to the government. The plant is due to shut down by the end of 2019.

Approval for four new Chinese reactors

Located in: New Nuclear

17 December 2015

China's State Council yesterday approved the construction of two more units at each of the Tianwan and Fangchenggang nuclear power plant sites.

India, Japan reach agreement on nuclear cooperation

Located in: Nuclear Policies

14 December 2015

India-Japan December 2015 - 48After many years of negotiations, India and Japan have signed a memorandum on cooperating in nuclear energy. However, certain technical and legal issues must be resolved before a final agreement can be signed.

South Ukraine 2 gets green light for life extension

Located in: Regulation and Safety

10 December 2015

South Ukraine (South Ukraine NPP)_48The board of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine has approved the continued operation of unit 2 of the South Ukraine nuclear power plant until the end of 2025. The unit was shut down on 10 May, two days before the expiry of its design lifetime, for major upgrading over 300 days costing $114 million to enable a 10-year life extension.

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