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Construction under way at Barakah

Located in: New Nuclear

19 July 2012

Barakah 1 first concrete 48The first safety-related concrete has been poured for the foundation slab of the initial reactor at the Barakah site in the United Arab Emirates. The move came just one day after the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation was issued with a construction licence for two units at the site.

Iitate evacuation relaxed

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 July 2012

Fukushima evacuation status, 17 July 2012 (60x48)Another substantial part of the evacuation area in Fukushima prefecture has been recategorised, with most of Iitate village subject to conditional returns from tomorrow.

Debris cleared at unit 4

Located in: Regulation and Safety

13 July 2012

Fukushima Daiichi 4, 5 July 2012 and 22 September 2011 (Tepco) 60x48Tepco engineers have cleared away the top section of Fukushima Daiichi unit 4's reactor building, ready for work to start on the overbuilding they need for fuel removal.

German plutonium stays in UK

Located in: Waste and Recycling

13 July 2012

Sellafield MOX Plant (Image: NDA)_48A series of title swaps has seen the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority take ownership of four tonnes of German plutonium. The commercial deal will enhance international nuclear security as well as earning revenue, the UK government says.

Upgrades planned for Metropolis

Located in: Regulation and Safety

12 July 2012

Honeywell is evaluating a series of upgrades for the Metropolis Works uranium conversion plant following the results of inspections on its preparedness for extreme natural disasters.

Picture record of tsunami arrival

Located in: Regulation and Safety

11 July 2012

Fukushima seafront sequence 1 80x48Newly released pictures of the tsunami impact at Fukushima Daiichi show the strength of the wave and the last-minute escape of a ship from the power plant's breakwater area.

Ohi restart gives Japan breathing space

Located in: Nuclear Policies

09 July 2012

The Japanese government has announced it will be able to scale back energy saving targets in some areas thanks to the restart of Kansai Electric's Ohi 3.

Fukushima a disaster 'Made in Japan'

Located in: Regulation and Safety

05 July 2012

The faults of every player in last year's Fukushima crisis have been laid out by a parliamentary commission. No organisation was singled-out as responsible - but rather Japanese culture itself. For the continuation of nuclear power in the country, regulation must go through an "essential transformation process."

Ohi producing power again

Located in: Regulation and Safety

05 July 2012

Ohi 66x48Japan has generated its first nuclear electricity in two months after unit 3 of the Ohi plant began supplying power to the grid today. While unit 4 of the plant is expected to resume operation by the end of the month, it is not yet known when the country's other idled reactors will restart.

UK nuclear support bounces back

Located in: Nuclear Policies

03 July 2012

Zingy (EDF Energy)_48Support for nuclear energy as part of the UK's energy mix has increased over the last year with 63% agreeing that it has a role to play, an opinion poll commissioned by EDF Energy has found.


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