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Climate goals call for speedier expansion of nuclear power

Energy and Environment

22 June 2016

Despite challenging market conditions, the global nuclear industry delivered a strong operating performance and improvements in construction times of new reactors in 2015, according to a new report from the World Nuclear Association. The report says that if the world is to meet its climate change targets then the rate of new build will need to accelerate.

Takahama units cleared for extended operation

Regulation and Safety

20 June 2016

Takahama 48The Japanese nuclear regulator has today approved the operation of units 1 and 2 of Kansai Electric Power Company's Takahama nuclear power plant for up to 60 years. They become the first Japanese units to be granted a licence extension beyond 40 years under revised regulations.

Injunction remains on operation of Takahama reactors

Regulation and Safety

17 June 2016

Takahama 3 and 4 - 48The Otsu District Court has today upheld an injunction that has kept units 3 and 4 of Kansai Electric Power Company's Takahama nuclear power plant offline since March. The Japanese utility announced it will remove the fuel from the units.

Oconee flood protection improvements complete

Regulation and Safety

20 June 2016

Oconee_(Duke)-48Eight years after requesting information on flood protection at the Oconee nuclear power plant, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has concluded that modifications carried out by Duke Energy would adequately protect the plant from a potential failure of a nearby dam.

Changjiang 2 starts supplying power to grid

New Nuclear

20 June 2016

Changjiang 2 grid connection - 48The second unit at the Changjiang nuclear power plant on China's southern island province of Hainan has been connected to the electricity grid, China National Nuclear Corporation has announced.

Fort Calhoun closure confirmed

Corporate

17 June 2016

Fort_Calhoun_(OPPD)-48Omaha Public Power District's board of directors has confirmed the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska will close by the end of this year. The board said retirement of the single-unit pressurized water reactor is in the best financial interest of the district.