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More nations join European 'stress tests'

Located in: Regulation and Safety

24 June 2011

The European Commission's initiative to check the safety of nuclear power plants in extreme circumstances has grown to include 196 reactors with the participation of seven neighbouring countries.

Minister calls for restart of Japan's reactors

Located in: Regulation and Safety

23 June 2011

Kaieda at IAEA - 20 June 2011 (METI)

A shortage of electricity would be the greatest obstacle to economic recovery in Japan following the huge earthquake and tsunami in March, according to the country's industry minister. He said that this makes local permission for restarting Japan's nuclear power plants essential.

Finalised UK energy plans go before parliament

Located in: Nuclear Policies

23 June 2011

The UK's finalised Energy National Policy Statements (NPS), which set the stage for planning decisions on energy infrastructure projects including nuclear, have been formally published ready for debate in parliament.

Working conditions improve at Fukushima unit

Located in: Regulation and Safety

22 June 2011

Workers at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have entered the reactor building of unit 2 to assess the working environment. Ventilation of the building has led to a drop in humidity. Meanwhile, the system to decontaminate water on the site is in operation.

Vattenfall looks at German losses

Located in: Industry Talk

22 June 2011

The Swedish state-owned power company, Vattenfall, has announced that it expects operating profit for the second half of this year to be impacted by SEK10 billion ($1.5 billion) due to nuclear shutdowns in Germany. That country's government decided to close all nuclear reactors built in or before 1984 in the immediate aftermath of the Fukushima accident. Among these were the Brunsbüttel and Krümmel plants, of which Vattenfall owns 66.7% and 50% respectively totalling some 1187 MWe of nuclear capacity. The company said there would be no effect on cash flow in 2011, but that it had to "impair its book value" and to "increase the provisions for dismantling the plants and the handling of nuclear fuel.

Cooperation for the post-Fukushima era

Located in: Regulation and Safety

21 June 2011

International cooperation on nuclear safety will come on many fronts in response to the Fukushima accident. In September a draft action plan will be presented by the IAEA, which could include a more prominent role for industry.

UAE nuclear program gaining popular support

Located in: Nuclear Policies

20 June 2011

UAE poll (ENEC)A national opinion poll has found strong support for the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) nuclear energy program, with 85% of the respondents believing in the importance of peaceful nuclear energy for the nation.

Nuclear generation rise in 2010

Located in: Energy and Environment

15 June 2011

Nuclear electricity generation to 2010 (WNA)The total amount of electricity generated by nuclear powers plants around the world increased in 2010 following three consecutive years of decline. However, a sharp drop in output is foreseen for 2011 as a result of the Fukushima accident.

Growth remains nuclear's future

Located in: Nuclear Policies

15 June 2011

The Economist Intelligence Unit sees a decade of growth for nuclear power with only a marginal impact from the Fukushima accident.

EU ministers on stress tests and roadmaps

Located in: Regulation and Safety

13 June 2011

Gunther Oettinger and Tamas Fellegi (Image: Council of the European Union)European Union energy ministers have expressed their support for stress tests at EU nuclear power plants. They also warned of the effects of Germany's decision to phase out nuclear power on European energy aims and goals.


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