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EnBW all set to decommission Neckarwestheim 1

Located in: Waste and Recycling

06 February 2017

Neckarwestheim aerial - 48German power company EnBW has received approval from the Baden-Württemberg ministry of environment to decommission and dismantle unit 1 of the Neckarwestheim nuclear power plant. The company expects dismantling work to begin next month and to be completed within 10-15 years.

Cameco to contest Tepco's termination of supply contract

Located in: Corporate

01 February 2017

Cameco announced today that Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings has issued a termination notice for a uranium supply contract with Cameco Inc that it does not accept. "Cameco Inc sees no basis for terminating the contract, considers Tepco to be in default, and will pursue all its legal rights and remedies," the Saskatchewan, Canada-based uranium producer said.

Advisory committee reports on Tepco's self-assessment

Located in: Regulation and Safety

31 January 2017

Tepco Holdings has made significant progress in its adoption of a stronger safety culture, an advisory body to the company has said. The Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee, which has reviewed the company's self-assessment, made several recommendations for further improvement.

What's really killing America's nuclear plants

Located in: Viewpoint

30 January 2017

The premature shutdown of America's nuclear power plants is nothing short of a national catastrophe, writes Jarret Adams.

China to drive global nuclear power growth

Located in: Energy and Environment

26 January 2017

China's rapid nuclear expansion program is expected to account for nearly three-quarters of the global increase in nuclear generation by 2035, according to the latest Energy Outlook from oil and gas giant BP.

IAEA completes SEED mission to Belarus

Located in: Regulation and Safety

23 January 2017

The International Atomic Energy Agency has concluded a five-day Site and External Events Design mission to Belarus, which is building its first nuclear power reactors. The two Russian-designed 1170 MWe VVER units are scheduled to begin operations by 2020.

2017 an important year for Japanese reactor restarts

Located in: Nuclear Policies

11 January 2017

Japan's future use of nuclear energy could be significantly impacted by decisions made this year on restarting reactors and extending the operating periods of its older units, according to the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan. However, it sees nuclear playing an important role in achieving energy security, economy and environmental protection.

Grid connection for fourth Yangjiang unit

Located in: New Nuclear

09 January 2017

Yangjiang 4 grid connection - 48Unit 4 of the Yangjiang nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province has started supplying electricity to the grid, China General Nuclear announced today. The unit becomes the company's 20th operational power reactor.

JAIF president urges reactor restarts to fight climate change

Located in: Energy and Environment

30 December 2016

Japan needs to work towards bringing its reactors back online if the country is to meet its climate goals, Akio Takahashi, president of the Japan Atomic Industry Forum, said this week. Nuclear energy currently accounts for just 1.1% of Japan's electricity production and commercial operation has been resumed at only three of the country's nuclear power plants - Sendai 1, Sendai 2 and Ikata 3.

Japanese government says Monju will be scrapped

Located in: Nuclear Policies

22 December 2016

Monju FBR - 48The Japanese government has made the formal decision that the Monju prototype fast breeder reactor will not be restarted and steps will be taken to decommission it. However, the government also said the country's development of fast reactors would continue.


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