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New reactors still in Chugoku's plans

Located in: New Nuclear

09 October 2012

Chugoku Electric Power Co requested an extension to its licence for carrying out groundwork at the site of its planned Kaminoseki nuclear power plant in Yamaguchi prefecture. Although rejected, the move suggests the company still hopes to move forward with the project, despite the Japanese government recently saying that no new nuclear power plant construction projects would be approved.

Stress tests show room for EU improvement

Located in: Regulation and Safety

05 October 2012

Safety is generally good at Europe's nuclear power plants although nearly all need to make some improvements, according to the European Commission's formally released findings on the results of stress tests. Some regulators are not entirely happy with the way the Commission has drawn its conclusions.

Confusion over reactor restart approvals

Located in: Regulation and Safety

05 October 2012

Japan's newly established Nuclear Regulation Authority aims to have a new safety legal framework in place by July 2013 to enable the country's idled nuclear power reactors to restart. However, it is currently unclear who will ultimately be responsible for authorizing restarts.

Leaked report sparks stress test debate

Located in: Regulation and Safety

02 October 2012

A leaked copy of the European Commission's draft report on the findings from stress tests at all of Europe's nuclear power plants has sparked widespread media coverage.

Swiss energy strategy relies on imports and gas

Located in: Nuclear Policies

01 October 2012

Residents will see their electricity costs rise as Switzerland makes more use of fossil fuels on its way to phasing out nuclear power under the country's proposed new energy strategy.

Construction of Japanese reactor to resume

Located in: New Nuclear

01 October 2012

Ohma 48The Japan Electric Power Development Corp (J-Power) will resume construction of the Ohma nuclear power plant in Aomori prefecture. It will be the first Japanese nuclear construction project to restart since all such projects were suspended following the Fukushima accident.

Today's the day for Horizon

Located in: Corporate

28 September 2012

Wylfa (Magnox Sites)_48There has been extensive speculation that today is the deadline for bids for the UK's Horizon Nuclear Power, which holds two approved sites earmarked for nuclear new build.

Dealing with debris at Fukushima Daiichi 3

Located in: Regulation and Safety

28 September 2012

Fukushima Daiichi 3 fuel pond debris, November 2011 and September 2012 (84x48)A steel beam slipped into the fuel pond of Fukushima Daiichi 3 during an operation to remove tonnes of debris. Engineers confirmed by inspection that no damage was caused.

Nuclear growth slowing not stalling

Located in: Nuclear Policies

26 September 2012

Growth rates may have slowed but world nuclear energy capacity will nevertheless continue to increase over the coming decades, according to the latest projections from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

New team for nuclear startup reviews

Located in: Regulation and Safety

25 September 2012

An industry team that will review safety of new nuclear power plants before they start up has been assembled by the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) at a new office in Hong Kong.


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