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Lawsuit promised over 'nine-digit' nuclear tax

Located in: Corporate

18 July 2011

Philippsburg (Image: EnBW)The utility EnBW has announced that it will sue the German government over its unique nuclear fuel tax, while another nuclear utility is talking with Gazprom as a strategic partner for new power plants.

Ex-Tepco worker becomes World Cup heroine

Located in: Industry Talk

15 July 2011

Workers at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan have been given a boost to their morale as one of their former female colleagues has helped the national soccer team to get through to the finals of the FIFA Women's World Cup. On 9 July, former Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) employee Karina Maruyama was brought on as a substitute and scored a last-minute goal that enabled the Japanese team to beat host-nation Germany. Maruyama told the Chunichi Shimbun newspaper that she cried when she later read a message on her blog from a former colleague working at the Fukushima Daiichi plant saying that the goal had "renewed our will to work and strive together." Maruyama, who currently plays for Japanese club JEF United Ladies, worked at the plant between 2005 and 2009 while playing for Mareese, a club sponsored by Tepco. Japan went on to beat Sweden in the semi-finals on 13 July and will now face the USA in the finals in Frankfurt on 17 July.

Task force reports on US plant safety

Located in: Regulation and Safety

14 July 2011

While already considered safe, US nuclear power plants should improve their preparedness for major accidents and ensure that back-up power sources would be available, a task force has recommended to the country's regulator. The group also suggested ways of improving the USA's nuclear safety framework.

Kan's vision opens nuclear debate

Located in: Nuclear Policies

14 July 2011

Naoto Kan, 13 July 2011The debate on Japan's future energy policy has started early with some seemingly contradictory statements from politicians.

Two-step stress tests for Japanese plants

Located in: Regulation and Safety

11 July 2011

Japanese reactors shut for periodic inspections would be able to restart after successfully completing the initial step of 'stress tests', while all units would be subjected to more comprehensive tests in a second stage.

Bannerman open to offers despite Hanlong bid

Located in: Corporate

11 July 2011

Bannerman Resources is continuing joint venture discussions with third parties to develop the Etango uranium project in Namibia after receiving a "highly conditional" acquisition proposal from China's Hanlong Mining Investment.

Fukushima cover takes shape

Located in: Regulation and Safety

08 July 2011

Fukushima Daiichi 1 cover - trial (Tepco)Trial assembly of the structure to cover the damaged reactor building of Fukushima Daiichi 1 is taking place on site. The new building should be finally installed and commissioned by the end of September.

Fukushima water cleanup in action

Located in: Corporate

07 July 2011

Fukushima water intake plates (Tepco)While a centralized radioactive water treatment facility starts to make headway in cleaning up highly contaminated water, work to install defences to prevent the contamination of the sea has been completed at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Ten more years for French reactor

Located in: Regulation and Safety

05 July 2011

Fessenheim (EDF)France's nuclear regulator has given a conditional go-ahead for a further 10 years of operation at the country's oldest operating nuclear power reactor, Fessenheim unit 1.

Britain to return as ‘serious nuclear nation’

Located in: Nuclear Policies

05 July 2011

The UK government remains absolutely committed to new nuclear power. Without it the nation would be "darker and less prosperous," said the energy minister.


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