Plant licensing rss

SNC-Lavalin and Holtec team up on SMR development

New Nuclear

18 July 2017

SMR-160_(Holtec)_48The USA's Holtec International has signed a teaming agreement with Canada's SNC-Lavalin to collaborate in the development of Holtec's SMR-160 small modular reactor.

Akkuyu project receives production licence

New Nuclear

16 June 2017

Akkuyu 48 (Rosatom)JSC Akkuyu NPP, the Russian-owned company responsible for Turkey's first nuclear power plant, has been awarded a 49-year electricity generation licence. The company received a preliminary licence, enabling it to start investment and permitting procedures for the project, in June 2015. Turkey's energy market regulatory authority said then that JSC Akkuyu NPP would receive a production licence - needed to start generating electricity from the plant - once it met the requirements outlined in that document. The production licence was awarded yesterday.

GAO identifies key steps for Yucca Mountain licensing

Waste and Recycling

31 May 2017

The US Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will need to rebuild their organisational capabilities in order to restart the suspended licensing process for the Yucca Mountain high-level radioactive waste repository, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Russia urges more ambitious nuclear capacity target

Corporate

27 June 2017

Rosatom's deputy director-general for international business has described the World Nuclear Association's aim to add 1000 GWe of new capacity by 2050 as fully achievable and "perhaps modest". Kirill Komarov spoke to World Nuclear News during the AtomExpo conference and exhibition held last week in Moscow.

Chinese unit prepares for extended operation

Regulation and Safety

15 June 2017

Qinshan 1 - 48Workers at unit 1 of the Qinshan nuclear power plant in China's Zhejiang province have made significant progress in long-term operational safety, an International Atomic Energy Agency team has concluded. The plant has applied to operate beyond its original 30-year design life.

Ignalina storage facility set for commercial operation

Regulation and Safety

05 May 2017

Lithuanian State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate said today it had issued a permit for the start of commercial operation of the country's new interim used fuel storage facility. The announcement followed State Enterprise Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant's successful completion yesterday of hot tests with ten new design casks. The company has demonstrated it is ready to operate the facility safely, Vatesi said.