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One year on: Steady progress at Fukushima

Located in: Regulation and Safety

07 March 2012

Visual inspection of the main steam isolation valve at Fukushima_Daiichi unit 4 (Tepco) 76x48A year after suffering the tsunami inundation that led to an unprecedented triple meltdown, stabilisation and restoration work continues across the entire Fukushima Daiichi power plant site. 

Utility hit by upheaval in nuclear policy

Located in: Corporate

06 March 2012

Biblis (Areva) 48x48Germany's abrupt change in nuclear policy has put a dent of €1.3 billion ($1.7 billion) in RWE's results for FY2011. It also boosted power prices and raised carbon dioxide emissions, the company said in its annual report to shareholders.

Nuclear and wind to partner for Mexico

Located in: Nuclear Policies

02 March 2012

Jordy Herrera, March 2011 85x48Mexico has announced energy goals for 2026 that would see a combination of nuclear and wind power make up 23% of electricity. At the same time it wants to connect the entire population to the grid, decrease transmission losses and develop abundant shale gas reserves. 

Second-chance in plutonium consultation

Located in: Waste and Recycling

01 March 2012

Prism (GE-Hitachi) 47x48An appeal for "alternative approaches" to managing plutonium has come from the UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, despite extensive consultations on the matter and ongoing support for its inclusion in MOX fuel. The Prism reactor concept was offered last year as one such option.

US, Belgium polls show different stances

Located in: Nuclear Policies

27 February 2012

Support for nuclear energy in the USA has increased slightly in the past five months, but still remains lower than pre-Fukushima levels, a new public opinion poll shows. Meanwhile, a survey in Belgium has found that while most people are in favour of nuclear energy, they want less of it.

Singh: Foreign groups behind anti-nuclear protest

Located in: Nuclear Policies

24 February 2012

Kudankulam 69x48Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh has said that groups protesting the start-up of two new reactors at Kudankulam don't understand the energy situation in India and are based in foreign countries. 

French minister in Fukushima

Located in: Nuclear Policies

22 February 2012

Besson at Fukushima 64x48The revival of the Japanese nuclear sector will depend on the efforts of workers at Fukushima Daiichi, French industry and energy minister Eric Besson said during a visit to the site.

US industry buys more emergency equipment

Located in: Regulation and Safety

22 February 2012

The US nuclear industry has adopted an initiative to procure additional on-site portable equipment so that every commercial nuclear facility in the country can respond safely to extreme events.

Last Kansai reactor goes off line

Located in: Nuclear Policies

21 February 2012

Takahama_(Eunheui)_48Only two of Japan's nuclear power reactors now remain in operation after Kansai Electric Power Company's Takahama unit 3 entered a scheduled inspection outage.

Summit for a Franco-British nuclear industry

Located in: Nuclear Policies

17 February 2012

Britain and France have again reaffirmed their enthusiasm for nuclear power, declaring their desire to see a joint nuclear industry emerge. The European neighbours also plan to cooperate in response to nuclear emergencies and assist other countries to follow their lead.


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