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Rosatom signs international deals

Located in: New Nuclear

04 June 2012

Kiriyenko opens AtomExpo 2012 76x48Nigeria signed a cooperation accord with Russia towards the construction of its first nuclear power plant today at the AtomExpo event in Moscow. Bangladesh and South Africa also agreed to extend their nuclear cooperation with Russia.

Nuclear approvals get closer in China

Located in: Regulation and Safety

01 June 2012

Six CPR 1000s 77x48China took a step towards full resumption of its nuclear power program with preliminary approval for a post-Fukushima nuclear safety plan.

Fossil fuels rule Japan

Located in: Energy and Environment

31 May 2012

Japanese generation by source 72x31Fossil fuels now provide some 90% of Japan's electricity as nuclear plants remain shut down. Consumption of crude and heavy oil for electricity is at a four-year high.

Outstanding issues delay EPR certification

Located in: Regulation and Safety

31 May 2012

US-EPR 48Areva's EPR reactor is unlikely to receive design certification by the US nuclear regulator before the end of 2014, the agency has told the reactor vendor. Design certification for the EPR had earlier been targeted for June 2013.

Germany moves to bolster grid

Located in: Nuclear Policies

30 May 2012

Net operators submit grid plan 48Germany has announced plans to upgrade and expand its electricity grid over the next decade in order to help renewable energy sources fill the gap left by its phase-out of nuclear power. An investment of some €20 billion ($25 billion) will be needed.

Level heads at Fukushima Daiichi 4

Located in: Regulation and Safety

29 May 2012

Hisono at Fukushima 4 (Tepco)_48

Tepco has published further measurements showing that the used fuel pool at the damaged reactor building of unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi is not tilting and would be able to withstand a large earthquake.

NRC extends plant licence, COLA review

Located in: Regulation and Safety

28 May 2012

Pilgrim 73x48The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has agreed to extend the operating licence of the single-unit Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Massachusetts for a further 20 years. Meanwhile, the expected completion of the NRC's review of Progress Energy's combined construction and operating licence application (COLA) for its Levy plant in Florida has been revised.

Obama makes his regulatory choice

Located in: Regulation and Safety

25 May 2012

Environmental science and policy professor Allison Macfarlane has been nominated by the US President to replace Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman Gregory Jaczko.

Higher estimate of Fukushima releases

Located in: Regulation and Safety

25 May 2012

Fukushima dispersal dose map, Feb 2012 (77x48)The latest analysis has upped the figures for the amount of radioactivity released during the accident at Fukushima Daiichi, although the estimate for the main long-term contaminant, caesium-137, was actually reduced.

Energy policy key to Tokyo Olympic bid

Located in: Nuclear Policies

25 May 2012

2020 Olympic host selection 70x48Tokyo is on a shortlist of three candidate cities to host the 2020 Olympic Games, but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that Japan's decision on whether to restart its idled nuclear power reactors could have a significant impact on its chances of hosting the event.


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