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Ohi 3 completes initial stress test

Located in: Regulation and Safety

31 October 2011

Ohi (Kepco)Kansai Electric Power Company announced that unit 3 of its Ohi nuclear power plant had completed the first part of the two-step stress tests stipulated by the Japanese government.

Moves to strengthen WANO

Located in: Regulation and Safety

28 October 2011

The members of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) have unanimously approved a series of recommendations aimed at making it "more effective, credible, efficient and visible.

Plans for new UK plants progress

Located in: New Nuclear

28 October 2011

Wylfa (BNG)The head of EDF Energy said that, although significant progress has been made, it is too early to say when construction of its new UK reactors is likely to start. Meanwhile, Horizon has completed the purchase of land next to the existing Wylfa plant.

Update issued on UK GDA progress

Located in: New Nuclear

27 October 2011

Illustration of Hinkley Point CUK regulators continue to anticipate issuing interim approvals by the end of the year, according to the latest quarterly report on the progress of the UK's Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for the AP1000 and UK EPR reactors.

New president for WANO

Located in: Industry Talk

25 October 2011

Vladimir Asmolov has been elected as the new president of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). The Rosenergoatom deputy director was voted in during WANO's biennial general meeting in Shenzhen, China. He succeeds China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Co chairman He Yu in the post, and will serve a nominal two-year term. During the course of the meeting, WANO members have approved a series of wide-ranging new commitments to nuclear safety and pledged support for the recommendations developed by the organisation's post-Fukushima commission. WANO is a non-profit member organisation established in 1989, bringing together every company in the world that operates nuclear power facilities. Its sole mission is to help its members to achieve the highest levels of operational safety and reliability.

TVA to manage Watts Bar 2 project

Located in: New Nuclear

20 October 2011

Watts Bar (TVA)Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is to assume management oversight for the project to complete unit 2 at the Watts Bar nuclear power plant from contractor Bechtel.

Fukushima units on target for cold shutdown

Located in: Regulation and Safety

18 October 2011

Completed Fukushima Daiichi 1 coverUnits 1 to 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi plant are all on track to be declared in cold shutdown by the end of the year, in line with the schedule set in the restoration roadmap, according to plant owner Tokyo Electric Power Company.

IAEA urges pragmatic clean-up

Located in: Regulation and Safety

14 October 2011

An international expert mission has advised the Japanese government to avoid "over-conservatism" in its efforts to remediate large areas of contaminated land around the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

EPC contract signed for Tianwan Phase II

Located in: New Nuclear

13 October 2011

Tianwan (CNNC)The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract has been signed for the second phase of the Tianwan nuclear power plant by two China National Nuclear Corporation subsidiaries.

UK nuclear safety culture strong, regulator says

Located in: Regulation and Safety

11 October 2011

Mike Weightman at Fukushima Daini, May 2011 (Greg Webb/IAEA)The UK's chief nuclear regulator's final report on implications of the Fukushima Daiichi accident has found no fundamental safety weaknesses in the country's nuclear industry but says it can become even safer by learning lessons from Japan's experience.

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