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EOn's one year on

Located in: Corporate

14 March 2012

EOn's annual report has made clear some of the impacts, financial and environmental, of Germany's reaction to the Fukushima accident. The utility recorded a €1.5 billion ($1.9 billion) one-off cost for the overnight closure of its Unterweser, Isar 1, Krummel, and Brunsbuttel nuclear power reactors, which also directly resulted in it producing almost 12 billion kWh less than in 2010.

Optimism from industry on Fukushima anniversary

Located in: Nuclear Policies

09 March 2012

Angra 3 construction late 2011 (Eletronuclear) 72x48Industry leaders remain bullish on nuclear power's prospects in coming decades, in part because of the high priority that has been placed on identifying and addressing potential weaknesses such as were revealed last year at Fukushima Daiichi.

Court ruling threatens extended Mühleberg operation

Located in: Regulation and Safety

08 March 2012

Muehleberg 48.jpgA Swiss court has ruled that the Mühleberg nuclear power plant can only operate until mid-2013 in an extraordinary move that overturns a 2009 decision by the environment ministry to issue an unlimited-duration operating licence.

More groundwork at Braka

Located in: New Nuclear

08 March 2012

Braka_site_2010_(FANR)_48The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation has received the go-ahead for additional civil works at the site of the first nuclear power plant to be built in the United Arab Emirates.

One year on: Steady progress at Fukushima

Located in: Regulation and Safety

07 March 2012

Visual inspection of the main steam isolation valve at Fukushima_Daiichi unit 4 (Tepco) 76x48A year after suffering the tsunami inundation that led to an unprecedented triple meltdown, stabilisation and restoration work continues across the entire Fukushima Daiichi power plant site. 

Utility hit by upheaval in nuclear policy

Located in: Corporate

06 March 2012

Biblis (Areva) 48x48Germany's abrupt change in nuclear policy has put a dent of €1.3 billion ($1.7 billion) in RWE's results for FY2011. It also boosted power prices and raised carbon dioxide emissions, the company said in its annual report to shareholders.

Nuclear and wind to partner for Mexico

Located in: Nuclear Policies

02 March 2012

Jordy Herrera, March 2011 85x48Mexico has announced energy goals for 2026 that would see a combination of nuclear and wind power make up 23% of electricity. At the same time it wants to connect the entire population to the grid, decrease transmission losses and develop abundant shale gas reserves. 

Second-chance in plutonium consultation

Located in: Waste and Recycling

01 March 2012

Prism (GE-Hitachi) 47x48An appeal for "alternative approaches" to managing plutonium has come from the UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, despite extensive consultations on the matter and ongoing support for its inclusion in MOX fuel. The Prism reactor concept was offered last year as one such option.

US, Belgium polls show different stances

Located in: Nuclear Policies

27 February 2012

Support for nuclear energy in the USA has increased slightly in the past five months, but still remains lower than pre-Fukushima levels, a new public opinion poll shows. Meanwhile, a survey in Belgium has found that while most people are in favour of nuclear energy, they want less of it.

Singh: Foreign groups behind anti-nuclear protest

Located in: Nuclear Policies

24 February 2012

Kudankulam 69x48Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh has said that groups protesting the start-up of two new reactors at Kudankulam don't understand the energy situation in India and are based in foreign countries. 

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