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Eskom outlines importance of nuclear power

Nuclear Policies

24 October 2016

South Africa is well-equipped to have nuclear power plants and has a nuclear safety culture, with Koeberg having operated safely for over 32 years, utility Eskom said yesterday. The performance of the Koeberg plant has also consistently been one of the strongest within the Eskom fleet, it said, adding that it is also the cheapest energy provider in South Africa's fleet.

Cabinet approves German nuclear phase-out funding bill

Waste and Recycling

20 October 2016

The German cabinet yesterday adopted a draft bill on financing the decommissioning of the country's nuclear power plants and management of its radioactive waste. The bill is based on the recommendation of an independent commission reviewing the financing of Germany's nuclear phase-out.

Kirienko leaves Rosatom to join Presidential Administration


06 October 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed Rosatom director-general Sergey Kirienko as first deputy head of the Presidential Administration with immediate effect. In charge of the Russian state nuclear corporation since December 2007, Kirienko has been replaced by Alexey Likhachov, deputy minister of economic development and trade since 2010.

Implementing the transition to clean energy

Energy and Environment

24 October 2016

The Paris Climate Change Agreement and the falling costs of renewables have made the transition to clean energy systems unstoppable, keynote speakers told Singapore International Energy Week today. The only thing that remains is to implement it, they said.

Russia withdraws from US nuclear cooperation

Nuclear Policies

07 October 2016

The Russian government has "suspended" a 2013 agreement with the USA on nuclear energy research and development and "terminated" another, signed in 2010, on cooperation in the conversion of Russian research reactors to low-enriched uranium fuel. The decisions were issued in separate documents signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and published on the government's website on 5 October.

Japan bolsters reprocessing work, reports on Fukushima radiation

Regulation and Safety

05 October 2016

Japan has established a new organisation tasked with managing its reprocessing of used fuel, METI announced on 3 October. The Nuclear Reprocessing Organisation of Japan will be funded by the country's power utilities to cover the cost of the reprocessing work.