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NRG completes irradiation creep program for EDF Energy

Corporate

12 January 2017

The Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) has announced the successful completion of a program for EDF Energy to study the effects of irradiation creep on graphite. Over a period of four years, four consecutive irradiation stages were performed on loaded graphite specimens in the High Flux Reactor in Petten, the Netherlands.

Follow-on cooperative agreements for US isotope projects

Regulation and Safety

23 December 2016

The US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has entered into follow-on cooperative agreements with three projects aimed at securing a domestic supply of molybdenum-99 without using highly enriched uranium. The latest funding completes the full $25 million NNSA contribution to each project.

UK and Japan extend cooperation in nuclear

Nuclear Policies

23 December 2016

Japan-UK MOU - December 2016 - 48Japan and the UK will expand their existing collaboration in civil nuclear activities - including decommissioning, research and development, and nuclear new build - through a memorandum of cooperation signed yesterday in Tokyo.

IAEA lists achievements of 2016

Regulation and Safety

30 December 2016

The International Atomic Energy Agency today outlined its highlights for 2016, ahead of its 60th anniversary year. These included a report on verification and monitoring in Iran, the entry into force of the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, response to the outbreak of the Zika crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the promotion of safe nuclear solutions towards sustainable development worldwide.

Russian scientists claim breakthrough in nuclear fuel research

Uranium and Fuel

23 December 2016

Physicists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the Joint Institute for High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences have described the mobility of line defects, or dislocations, in uranium dioxide. This, they announced this week, will enable future predictions of nuclear fuel behaviour under operating conditions.

Japanese government says Monju will be scrapped

Nuclear Policies

22 December 2016

Monju FBR - 48The Japanese government has made the formal decision that the Monju prototype fast breeder reactor will not be restarted and steps will be taken to decommission it. However, the government also said the country's development of fast reactors would continue.