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Tepco completes survey of Fukushima Daiichi 1 PCV

Regulation and Safety

28 March 2017

Tokyo Electric Power Company has completed a five-day investigation of the primary containment vessel (PCV) of the damaged unit 1 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant using a robot. The results of the survey will help Tepco determine the location of fuel debris within the vessel.

First cask emplaced at Sizewell B fuel store

Waste and Recycling

23 March 2017

HI-STORM MIC cask in place at Sizewell B - 48The first cask containing used nuclear fuel from the Sizewell B pressurised water reactor has been placed within the unit's new dry fuel store. The milestone marks the first use of dry used fuel storage technology in the UK.

Swiss regulator looks at aging of waste containers

Waste and Recycling

15 March 2017

Waste containers at Zwilag - 48The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate has called for the systematic management of the aging of containers in the country's interim radioactive waste storage facilities. The requirement follows the completion of a study into container aging and fuel handling in such facilities.

Areva NP awarded patents for innovative technologies

Corporate

24 March 2017

Areva NP has recently been awarded three patents for innovations in the fuel operation as well as anticorrosion and maintenance tooling fields. The patents were for innovations developed by Areva employees in the USA.

European approval for Salamanca offtake agreement

Uranium and Fuel

21 March 2017

The Euratom Supply Agency, the nuclear watchdog of the European Union, has approved Berkeley Energia's offtake agreement for the sale of the first production from its Salamanca uranium mine under development in Spain. The mine is expected to enter production in late 2018.

Robotic surveys resume at Fukushima Daiichi 1

Regulation and Safety

10 March 2017

PMORPH robot - 48Tokyo Electric Power Company is preparing to insert a Hitachi-developed robot into the primary containment vessel of the damaged unit 1 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Last month, a Toshiba-developed robot was used to survey the vessel of unit 2.