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Areva's ups and downs

Located in: Corporate

27 January 2012

A turbulent year for Areva has seen a new CEO, dramatic currency fluctuations and sales impacts from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident but an increase in order backlog and only a fairly minor downturn in overall revenue. 

Poll: New nuclear power 'best for Britain'

Located in: Nuclear Policies

27 January 2012

The results of a nationwide poll show that Britons believe new nuclear power plants would be the best infrastructure investment the country could make. 

Romanian plant gets containment filtering system

Located in: Corporate

26 January 2012

Canadian engineering company SNC-Lavalin has won a contract to install reactor containment filtration systems at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant in Romania. SNC-Lavalin has in turn contracted Areva to supply the equipment.

Trade figures reveal cost of Japan's nuclear shutdown

Located in: Nuclear Policies

25 January 2012

Huge energy imports last year caused Japan to record a rare trade deficit. Manufacturing was hit by the tsunami, but the use of fossil fuels to replace shut-down nuclear plants was a bigger factor.

IAEA double-checks Japanese tests

Located in: Regulation and Safety

24 January 2012

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A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency has kicked off its review of Japanese nuclear safety tests with a series of open meetings in Japan.

Eye-watering cost of renewable revolution

Located in: Nuclear Policies

23 January 2012

Neckarwestheim (EnBW) 80x48Germany's energy policy could cost some €1.4 trillion ($1.8 trillion) by 2030 even before the cost of the nuclear shutdown is taken into account.

First images from within Fukushima containment

Located in: Regulation and Safety

19 January 2012

Fukushima piping support 43Pictures from a remote examination of Fukushima Daiichi 2 have yet to bring new information on the state of the ruined reactor core.

BP sees growth in non-fossil fuel use

Located in: Energy and Environment

19 January 2012

While global energy demand is expected to grow by almost 40% by 2030, non-fossil fuels will account for one-third of this growth, according to UK-based oil and gas giant BP. Nuclear energy will continue to play a significant role, with the Asia Pacific region seeing the greatest growth in its use.

Japan considers 60 year reactor lifespan

Located in: Regulation and Safety

18 January 2012

In a move that will bring Japan more into line with the US licensing system, the government will consider a proposal to set 40 years as the standard lifespan for the country's nuclear reactors, with a possible extension to 60 years if plants meet stringent safety criteria.

Fukushima a 'temporary blip' for UK support

Located in: Nuclear Policies

18 January 2012

Support for nuclear energy in the UK has returned to levels seen a few months prior to the Fukushima accident in Japan, a new public opinion poll indicates. A similar poll conducted in June 2011 had shown a significant drop in support following the accident.


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