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UK new build regulatory plan

Located in: Industry Talk

18 August 2011

A four-year plan from the UK's Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has spelt out the resources it will put towards new nuclear build in coming years. The ONR expects to issue interim Design Acceptance Confirmation for the Areva EPR and Westinghouse AP1000 by the end of the year, if the outcomes of Mike Weightman's post-Fukushima report can be incorporated. Some items will be outstanding, but these should have a predictable timetable for resolution. It also counts among its deliverables the granting of approval for non-nuclear site work for Hinkley Point C, Wylfa B and Sizewell C, as long as applications are satisfactory. Subject to government approval, the ONR will start acceptance work on a new set of reactor designs in mid-to-late 2012. Supporting all this is a new-build workforce of about 88, growing to 107 in 2015. This year's budget for new build regulation was almost £20 million ($33 million) and future budgets will vary around the £15-16 million ($24-26 million) mark to 2015. The ONR has a total budget of about £62 million ($102 million), some 98% of which is recovered from industry.

Progress report on Fukushima Daiichi

Located in: Regulation and Safety

17 August 2011

Some stabilisation targets have been met at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but levels of contaminated water in the basements remain Tepco's biggest challenge.

First Japanese reactor resumes normal operation

Located in: Regulation and Safety

17 August 2011

CLARIFIED: Unit 3 at the Tomari nuclear power plant on Japan's northern Hokkaido island has resumed operation after a periodic inspection. It is the first reactor to be restarted in the country since the 11 March earthquake and tsunami.

Regulatory shake-up in Japan

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 August 2011

Japan is beginning work on a new regulatory structure for its nuclear energy industry with competence centralised in a body linked to the Ministry of the Environment.

Chinese safety checks

Located in: Regulation and Safety

11 August 2011

Chinese safety authorities have completed an intial survey of nuclear safety at the country's power plants. Details on the results and proposed improvements are to be made public in the middle of next year but there is not yet a timeline for when construction approvals may resume.

Assembly of Fukushima cover underway

Located in: Regulation and Safety

11 August 2011

Fukushima Daiichi 1 cover - assemblyTokyo Electric Power Company has started assembling a cover over the damaged reactor building of unit 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, an alternative cooling system has now been put into operation at the unit's used fuel pool.

Heavy impact from post-Fukushima decision

Located in: Corporate

10 August 2011

Up to 11,000 jobs are under threat as EOn moves to meet the challenges posed by Germany's new nuclear policy. Only yesterday another utility, RWE, announced the shutdowns had so far cost it €900 million.

Japan plans cutting evacuation zone

Located in: Regulation and Safety

09 August 2011

The Japanese government is planning to allow certain residents from the area around the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant to return to their homes. Meanwhile, the plant owner has reported a quarterly loss of ¥571.7 billion ($7.4 billion).

US reactor completion put back

Located in: New Nuclear

09 August 2011

Watts Bar (TVA)Watts Bar unit 2 will not enter commercial operation until 2013, the Tennessee Valley Authority has announced. The reactor had been due to enter service during 2012.

Optimism from uranium producers

Located in: Uranium and Fuel

08 August 2011

Cigar LakeMid-year reports from two Canada-based uranium producers share an air of quiet optimism despite feeling the effects of events in Japan.


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