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Contract for Tianwan III nuclear islands

Located in: New Nuclear

21 June 2016

Tianwan 5 and 6 nuclear island contract - 48A contract has been signed for the civil construction of the nuclear islands of Phase III of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in Jiangsu province. Construction of unit 5 has already begun, while that of unit 6 is scheduled to start next year.

Oconee flood protection improvements complete

Located in: Regulation and Safety

20 June 2016

Oconee_(Duke)-48Eight years after requesting information on flood protection at the Oconee nuclear power plant, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has concluded that modifications carried out by Duke Energy would adequately protect the plant from a potential failure of a nearby dam.

Test run for Fukushima Daiichi 3 cover installation

Located in: Regulation and Safety

13 June 2016

Fukushima Daiichi 3 cover test run - 48In preparation for the installation of a fuel removal machine and a protective cover over unit 3 of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan, workers have carried out a practice run of installing roof modules onto the base of the fuel handling machine.

IAEA highlights senior management's role in maintaining safety

Located in: Regulation and Safety

08 June 2016

The board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency yesterday adopted a revision to a safety standard related to the role of leadership and management in ensuring safety to protect human life, health and the environment from harmful effects of radiation.

Chernobyl units 1-3 now clear of damaged fuel

Located in: Waste and Recycling

07 June 2016

Chernobyl 1 damaged fuel removal - 48The last damaged used fuel assembly from units 1-3 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was removed yesterday - from the cooling pool of unit 1 - and transferred to ISF1, a wet-type interim storage facility.

Grid connection for Watts Bar 2

Located in: New Nuclear

06 June 2016

Watts_Bar_2_grid_connection_(TVA)-48Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar unit 2 has supplied its first electricity to the power grid. The 1165 MWe (net) pressurized water reactor was synchronized to the grid on 3 June.

Markets and the future of nuclear power

Located in: Energy and Environment

19 May 2016

The design of European wholesale electricity markets and the emissions trading system will be improved to help - and no longer hinder - nuclear energy as a low-carbon source of electricity, a European Commission official assured delegates at a nuclear financing conference held in Paris last week. The conference, titled Nuclear energy's role in the 21st century: addressing the challenge of financing, was jointly organised by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation.

NEA head highlights challenges facing nuclear power

Located in: Nuclear Policies

11 May 2016

William D. Magwood, IV, director general of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), highlighted some of the issues hindering the prospects of nuclear power at a two-day conference that started today at the organisation's headquarters in Paris. These issues include the impact of deregulated electricity markets, the place of natural gas in the context of efforts to curb global emissions of CO2, and the myths surrounding the costs of building a nuclear power plant.

Proposal for financing German nuclear phase-out

Located in: Waste and Recycling

28 April 2016

The commission reviewing the financing of Germany's nuclear phase-out has recommended to the government that the reactor owners pay some EUR23.3 billion ($26.4 billion) into a state-owned fund for decommissioning of the plants and managing radioactive waste.

International support for rehabilitation of Chernobyl site

Located in: Waste and Recycling

27 April 2016

A crucial project at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant can now proceed to its final stages thanks to additional pledges by the international donor community at a conference in Kiev yesterday. On the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and President of the European Council Donald Tusk held talks by telephone during which Tusk underlined the EU's "comprehensive support" to Ukraine in overcoming the consequences of the disaster.

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