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UK ABWR executives chart path ahead for Horizon

Located in: New Nuclear

15 December 2017

Successful completion of the Generic Design Assessment process for Hitachi-GE's UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor is a "huge step forward" for Hitachi's UK subsidiary Horizon Nuclear Power, two senior executives said this week.

Multi-agency safety exercise for Canadian plant

Located in: Regulation and Safety

13 December 2017

Pickering_safety_exercise_ExUC_(CNSC)-48Ontario Power Generation and over 30 partner organisations have completed Exercise Unified Control, a two-day, large-scale emergency preparedness exercise at the Pickering nuclear power plant. The exercise is part of the lead-up to the relicensing of the plant in 2018.

High court orders suspension of Ikata 3 operation

Located in: Regulation and Safety

13 December 2017

Ikata plant - 48A Japanese high court has today overruled a lower court decision that allowed Shikoku Electric Power Company to continue operating unit 3 of its Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture. Ikata 3 is one of five units that have so far restarted since Japan took all its operable reactors offline for safety checks following the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

'Notice to proceed' contracts signed for El Dabaa

Located in: New Nuclear

11 December 2017

Putin_El_Sisi_Dec_17_(Kremlin)-48Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachov and Egypt's Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker today signed notices to proceed with contracts for the construction of four VVER-1200 units at the El Dabaa nuclear power plant.

French regulator approves Tricastin restart

Located in: Regulation and Safety

06 December 2017

Tricastin_(ASN)-48EDF has received permission from France's Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire to restart three reactors at the Tricastin power plant after carrying out repairs to a canal embankment. The regulator ordered the temporary shutdown of Tricastin's reactors on 27 September because of the risks of failure of a 400 metre long portion of the embankment of the Donzére-Mondragon canalin the event of an earthquake. 

Fukui governor approves restart of Ohi units

Located in: Regulation and Safety

27 November 2017

Ohi 3 and 4 48The governor of Japan's Fukui Prefecture has today approved the restart of units 3 and 4 of Kansai Electric Power Company's Ohi nuclear power plant. The utility reportedly plans to restart both units by mid-March.

WANO sees harmonisation as a key goal for nuclear operators

Located in: Regulation and Safety

22 November 2017

Harmonising the training of contractors to access multiple nuclear facilities in the USA is one example of ensuring safety amid pressures on the industry to cut costs and remain competitive, Peter Prozesky, CEO of the World Association of Nuclear Operators, told World Nuclear News in a recent interview. This approach is one answer to the industry's need to align its procedures, as outlined in World Nuclear Association’s Harmony initiative, he added.

US conversion plant suspends UF6 production

Located in: Uranium and Fuel

21 November 2017

Honeywell is temporarily to suspend uranium hexafluoride production at its Metropolis, Illinois plant pending an improvement in business conditions, the company announced yesterday. The USA's only uranium conversion plant has been in a scheduled outage since October.

IAEA sees continuous improvement in safety at Borssele

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 November 2017

Borssele NPP - 48Dutch utility EPZ has addressed all the recommendations and all but one of the suggestions that an International Atomic Energy Agency mission to the Borssele nuclear power plant made in 2014, a follow-up Operational Safety Review Team mission has concluded.

'Anti-nuclear' Germany is Europe's biggest GHG emitter

Located in: Energy and Environment

13 November 2017

Germany's Energiewende policy has made things worse for the climate by shutting down carbon-free nuclear capacity and locking in the dependency on coal burning for decades, despite hundreds of billions in investments and subsidy-schemes. This is the conclusion of the European Climate Leadership Report 2017, Measuring the Metrics that Matter published last week in Bonn, Germany, at Conference of the Parties 23 by the NGO Energy for Humanity.


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