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US project to recycle naval fuel gets Senate approval

Waste and Recycling

22 June 2018

The US Senate has approved a proposal for a USD15 million pilot programme to recycle used naval nuclear fuel for use as fuel in advanced nuclear reactors. The proposal - an amendment to the fiscal 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill - was adopted by the full Senate by 87 votes to 9.

GE Power starts Arabelle production for Hinkley Point C

New Nuclear

20 June 2018

Arabelle steam turbine rotor for HPC - 48GE Power's Steam Power and EDF Energy have reached a key project milestone with the start of manufacturing of the first rotor of the Arabelle steam turbine at GE's Belfort, France, centre of excellence for the Hinkley Point C project in England. The contract, awarded in May 2016, is on track to have its first 1770 MWe EPR reactor unit completed by 2025, GE said today.

Tests begin on Framatome accident-tolerant fuel

Uranium and Fuel

18 June 2018

ATR_test_loading_(INL)-48Framatome's accident-tolerant fuel is now being tested in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory, the US Department of Energy has announced. The fuel is being developed through a US Department of Energy programme which aims to commercialise ATF by 2025.

Darlington to supply molybdenum-99

Regulation and Safety

21 June 2018

BWXT_OPG_Mo99_(BWXT)-48Ontario Power Generation's Darlington nuclear power plant is to produce molybdenum-99 for use in new technetium-99m generators designed by BWX Technologies Inc. The Candu plant will be the first large-scale commercial nuclear power plant in the world to produce Mo-99.

DOE funding for advanced nuclear technology R&D

Nuclear Policies

19 June 2018

The US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Nuclear Energy has awarded nearly USD64 million to 89 projects for nuclear energy research, facility access and crosscutting technology and infrastructure development. The funds will be provided to DOE national laboratories, industry and 39 US universities in 29 states.

IAEA tool to help roadmap nuclear programmes

Nuclear Policies

15 June 2018

A new tool to help national authorities make strategic decisions about the development of nuclear power has been developed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Roadmaps tool can also be used to identify how countries can benefit from innovations in nuclear technology and infrastructure, both nationally and through cooperation with other countries.