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Fukushima third reactor temperature down

Located in: Regulation and Safety

06 September 2011

Core spray system (Tepco)The operation of a core spray has helped to bring the temperature of Fukushima Daiichi 3 below 100ºC - the benchmark for cold shutdown.

Indian nuclear review selects improvements

Located in: Regulation and Safety

06 September 2011

India's 18 pressurized heavy water reactors have inherent strengths that would help them to cope with the consequences of unexpected natural events, but its two boiling water reactors will need further safety enhancements, according to a report prepared for India's nuclear regulator.

Nuclear still cost competitive in Japan, study says

Located in: Energy and Environment

02 September 2011

The costs of generating electricity using nuclear power plants in Japan, even taking into account the compensation costs related to the Fukushima Daiichi accident, still remain likely to be less than using fossil fuels, according to a new study.

Bolstering emergency preparedness at US plants

Located in: Regulation and Safety

31 August 2011

Davis-Besse (NRC)First Energy Nuclear Operating Company has begun construction of a new emergency operations facility for its Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Ohio. The move comes as the US nuclear regulator makes changes to emergency preparedness regulations.

Hathor holding tight to Roughrider

Located in: Uranium and Fuel

30 August 2011

Roughrider drillCanadian uranium exploration company Hathor Exploration, would-be developer of the Roughrider project, has urged its shareholders not to respond to an unsolicited takeover bid from uranium mining company Cameco.

Noda to take over in Japan

Located in: Nuclear Policies

30 August 2011

Yoshihiko Noda on election to lead the DPJ (DPJ)Yoshihiko Noda has been selected as the new leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and therefore the prime minister of the country. He calls for the strong, independent regulation of nuclear power.

Chubu borrows to pay for gas

Located in: Industry Talk

25 August 2011

Chubu Electric Power Corp has signed a loan agreement totalling ¥100 billion ($1.3 billion) with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) for the purchase of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel its gas-fired power plants following the enforced shutdown of its Hamaoka nuclear power plant. In the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi accident, prime minister Naoto Kan asked Chubu in early May to shut down Hamaoka units 4 and 5, and not to restart unit 3 of the plant in Shizuoka prefecture until tsunami defences at the site have been strengthened. Hamaoka units 1 and 2 have already been permanently shut down. The company expects work to bolster the site's tsunami defences to be completed by December 2012. In June, Chubu secured an emergency loan of ¥100 billion from the Development Bank of Japan to support rising fuel costs following the shutdown of the plant.

Tepco to try core cooling system

Located in: Regulation and Safety

24 August 2011

The temperature of the reactor core of unit 3 of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant is expected to drop significantly with the commissioning of a more efficient cooling system, according to Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco).

Brazil outlines post-Fukushima actions

Located in: Regulation and Safety

23 August 2011

Angra 1 (Eletronuclear)Eletronuclear has announced a five-year program of actions to evaluate and improve safety, security and reliability at Brazil's only operating nuclear power plant in response to the Fukushima accident.

Research institutes announce collaboration

Located in: Corporate

18 August 2011

The US-based Electric Power Research Institute and Japan's Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry have agreed to team up on research into nuclear materials and radiation issues.

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