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Fukushima xenon from spontaneous decay

Located in: Regulation and Safety

03 November 2011

The origin of xenon in the containment of Fukushima Daiichi 2 is currently considered to be spontaneous fission, a process of radioactive decay not involving any chain reaction.

ABWR fit for aircraft impact

Located in: Regulation and Safety

02 November 2011

ABWR bottom petal, weighting 80 tonnes (JSW)American safety regulators have certified an amended version of the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR), opening the door for its construction at the South Texas Project and other US sites.

Russia agrees to build Bangladeshi nuclear

Located in: Nuclear Policies

02 November 2011

Bangladesh-Russia November 2011Russia is to build Bangladesh's first nuclear power plant under an intergovernmental cooperation agreement signed today in Dhaka.

Concerns of fission at unit 2

Located in: Regulation and Safety

02 November 2011

The possible detection of xenon at Fukushima Daiichi 2 has led to questions over ongoing fission, but detection is uncertain and a translation error may have exacerbated anxiety.

Finnish reactors pass stress tests

Located in: Regulation and Safety

01 November 2011

Loviisa 1 and 2Stress tests at Finland's nuclear power plants show that no major modifications are needed, utilities Fortum and Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) have told the Finnish nuclear regulator.

Ohi 3 completes initial stress test

Located in: Regulation and Safety

31 October 2011

Ohi (Kepco)Kansai Electric Power Company announced that unit 3 of its Ohi nuclear power plant had completed the first part of the two-step stress tests stipulated by the Japanese government.

Moves to strengthen WANO

Located in: Regulation and Safety

28 October 2011

The members of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) have unanimously approved a series of recommendations aimed at making it "more effective, credible, efficient and visible.

Plans for new UK plants progress

Located in: New Nuclear

28 October 2011

Wylfa (BNG)The head of EDF Energy said that, although significant progress has been made, it is too early to say when construction of its new UK reactors is likely to start. Meanwhile, Horizon has completed the purchase of land next to the existing Wylfa plant.

Update issued on UK GDA progress

Located in: New Nuclear

27 October 2011

Illustration of Hinkley Point CUK regulators continue to anticipate issuing interim approvals by the end of the year, according to the latest quarterly report on the progress of the UK's Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for the AP1000 and UK EPR reactors.

New president for WANO

Located in: Industry Talk

25 October 2011

Vladimir Asmolov has been elected as the new president of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). The Rosenergoatom deputy director was voted in during WANO's biennial general meeting in Shenzhen, China. He succeeds China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Co chairman He Yu in the post, and will serve a nominal two-year term. During the course of the meeting, WANO members have approved a series of wide-ranging new commitments to nuclear safety and pledged support for the recommendations developed by the organisation's post-Fukushima commission. WANO is a non-profit member organisation established in 1989, bringing together every company in the world that operates nuclear power facilities. Its sole mission is to help its members to achieve the highest levels of operational safety and reliability.


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