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Framatome 'ideal partner', says Lightbridge CEO

Located in: Uranium and Fuel

05 February 2018

Framatome is the best partner for Lightbridge for developing, licensing and commercialising nuclear fuel assemblies based on its technology, the company's president and CEO Seth Grae told World Nuclear News. Speaking shortly after the companies announced their Enfission joint venture, he said they intend Enfission to become a major player in the international nuclear industry.

Contracting within the nuclear sector

Located in: Viewpoint

30 January 2018

Contracting within the nuclear sector carries challenges due to the highly regulated nature of nuclear power, the technically complex nature of the goods and services supplied, and the high capital cost of most nuclear projects - whether new build or maintenance, write Elina Teplinsky and Vincent Zabielski. Furthermore, nuclear contracting practices must keep up with market trends, adapt to technical developments, and reflect frequent changes and updates to nuclear-related legislation and regulations.

GNS-led consortium wins German decommissioning contract

Located in: Waste and Recycling

23 January 2018

Grohnde_(PreussenElektra)-48PreussenElektra has awarded a major decommissioning contract to ZerKon, a consortium of GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service, Westinghouse Electric Germany and Westinghouse Electric Sweden. The contract covers the dismantling and packaging of reactor pressure vessel internals in six nuclear power plants that are scheduled for dismantling.

Tepco surveys interior of unit 2 containment vessel

Located in: Regulation and Safety

19 January 2018

FD2 PCV survey - January 2018 - 48An internal investigation of the primary containment vessel of unit 2 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan was completed as scheduled today, Tokyo Electric Power Company has announced. The survey - using a suspended pan-tilt camera attached to a telescopic guiding pipe - identified deposits and fuel assembly components at the bottom of the pedestal area.

NEA reports on an 'all-hazards approach'

Located in: Regulation and Safety

15 January 2018

The OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency has produced a new report that highlights the value of an "all-hazards approach" to emergency preparedness and response. The report incorporates the lessons learned from non-nuclear events.

Device set to see inside unit 2 containment vessel

Located in: Regulation and Safety

28 December 2017

Device for FD2 PCV survey - 48A suspended pan-tilt camera attached to a telescopic guiding pipe will soon be used to investigate the interior of the primary containment vessel of the damaged unit 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. The device was developed by Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions and the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning.

Further delay to completion of Rokkasho facilities

Located in: Waste and Recycling

28 December 2017

Rokkasho (JNFL) 68x48Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited has announced a further three-year delay in the schedule for completing the Rokkasho reprocessing plant and J-MOX mixed-oxide fuel fabrication plant. The delay is due to additional regulatory requirements.

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa units pass safety inspections

Located in: Regulation and Safety

27 December 2017

Kashiwazaki Kariwa units 6 and 7 - 48Units 6 and 7 of Tokyo Electric Power Company's Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture meet Japan's new regulatory standards, the Nuclear Regulation Authority announced today. They are the first of the country's boiling water reactors determined to meet the standards.

Kansai opts to retire older Ohi units

Located in: Waste and Recycling

22 December 2017

Ohi units 1 and 2 - 48Kansai Electric Power Company has today announced that it will not seek permission to restart units 1 and 2 of its Ohi nuclear power plant in Japan's Fukui Prefecture. The company will now apply to decommission the two 1175 MWe pressurised water reactors, which are approaching 40 years old.

An environmentalist view of nuclear

Located in: Viewpoint

22 December 2017

An anti-nuclear activist in the 1970s was afraid of tyranny. An anti-nuclear activist now is afraid of radiation. But tyranny didn't happen and the effects of radiation are misunderstood. The threat of climate change IS real and, to fight it, we need nuclear power, writes Scott L. Montgomery.


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