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IEA cuts nuclear power growth forecast

Located in: Energy and Environment

12 November 2012

Global nuclear generating capacity will reach some 580 GWe in 2035, according to the latest edition of the World Energy Outlook from the International Energy Agency (IEA). This is 10% less than the IEA forecast a year ago.

Funding key to Tepco's future

Located in: Corporate

08 November 2012

Costs related to clean-up efforts of low-level waste from the Fukushima accident could double the previous liability estimate, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) suggested. The utility is seeking additional government funds to help meet these costs.

Point Lepreau heads for full power

Located in: Regulation and Safety

05 November 2012

Point Lepreau control room 48NB Power can now operate the Point Lepreau nuclear power plant at full capacity after receiving permission from the Canadian regulator. The reactor is in the final stages of commissioning after being refurbished.

Mid-2013 restart for Metropolis

Located in: Regulation and Safety

02 November 2012

The Metropolis uranium conversion plant will resume production in June 2013 when post-Fukushima safety upgrades should be completed at the facility, plant operator Honeywell announced. The plant has been offline since May.

Horizon back in focus

Located in: Corporate

30 October 2012

Hitachi will take forward the Horizon Nuclear Power project, having secured the company with a bid of £696million ($1.1 billion). Between four and six boiling water reactors are now slated for construction in Britain.

Industry plans nuclear response centres

Located in: Regulation and Safety

29 October 2012

The US nuclear industry is preparing for future emergencies by establishing two regional centres that should operate from mid-2014. Vital equipment to maintain safety in an extreme event will be able to reach any of the USA's nuclear plants within 24 hours.

Prairie Island should run longer not stronger

Located in: Corporate

24 October 2012

Prairie Island 61x48Xcel Energy, owner of the Prairie Island nuclear power plant, has made a last minute submission advising against uprating the plant as it has realised a new fuel allows them to push their operating cycle out from 18 to 24 months.

China's emerging nuclear power policy

Located in: Nuclear Policies

24 October 2012

Changjiang dome lifting (CNECC) 64x48China plans a 'steady' return to full-scale nuclear build, approving a 'small number' of projects in each of the coming five years and restricting technology selection to Generation-III designs only.

EOn withdraws from Fennovoima

Located in: Corporate

24 October 2012

Germany's EOn is to sell its 34% stake in the Fennovoima new build project as part of a move to divest its businesses in Finland and refocus its Nordic operations on Sweden and Denmark.

Hydrogen fix for Japanese reactors

Located in: Regulation and Safety

19 October 2012

Areva has a bulk order in Japan to fit hydrogen recombiners that help to prevent the explosive gas building up in reactor containment during emergency situations.

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