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Tepco study of unit 3 containment vessel under way

Regulation and Safety

21 July 2017

Fukushima Daiichi 3 PCV survey - 22 July 2017 - 48UPDATED Tokyo Electric Power Company has confirmed the presence of what could be melted fuel and fallen debris within the lower part of the flooded primary containment vessel of unit 3 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Similar surveys using robots have already been carried out at units 1 and 2 of the plant.

USA to launch advanced manufacturing centre

New Nuclear

17 July 2017

Concurrent Technologies Corp plans to launch a Centre for Advanced Nuclear Manufacturing to fill the "critical gap" that exists in providing proven applied advanced manufacturing technologies in the emerging field of small modular reactors and advanced reactors.

Vogtle 2 to load chromia fuel

Uranium and Fuel

13 July 2017

Vogtle_1_2_(Southern-NRC)-48Advanced fuel assemblies featuring chromia-doped fuel pellets and chromium-coated fuel cladding are to be loaded into a US nuclear power reactor. The fuel, developed by Areva NP under the US Department of Energy's Enhanced Accident Tolerant Fuel program, will be loaded into the Vogtle 2 plant in Georgia.

NRC approves safety platform for NuScale SMR

Regulation and Safety

18 July 2017

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has concluded that the highly integrated protection system (HIPS) platform developed for NuScale Power's small modular reactor is acceptable for use in plant safety-related instrumentation and control systems.

Rosatom's overseas contract value rises 20% in 2016


14 July 2017

Rosatom saw the value of its long-term portfolio of foreign orders "continue to grow" last year - by 20.9% to $133.4 billion. In a statement to accompany publication of its annual report for 2016, the Russian state nuclear corporation said this meant it had retained its "world-leading position" in terms of contracts to build nuclear units for overseas customers - 34 reactors in 12 countries at the end of last year.

Digitisation experts explain benefits for nuclear


05 July 2017

Advances in digital technologies are enabling energy companies, including nuclear power utilities, to increase efficiency, cut unplanned downtime and improve the reliability of equipment, software providers told a recent conference in Moscow. ASE Group, Fiatech, GE, IBM and Siemens explained the value to the industry of using 'big data', the Internet of Things, 'digital twins' and other computing innovations.