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Replica vessel component used to verify Beznau 1 safety

Regulation and Safety

14 September 2016

Beznau 1 replica Ring C - 48The production of a replica part of the reactor pressure vessel used in unit 1 of Switzerland's Beznau nuclear power plant has shown that aluminium oxide inclusions in the vessel formed during its manufacture, utility Axpo said. The unit has been offline for more than a year whilst the safety of its vessel is investigated.

Vessel integrity tests extend Beznau 1 outage

Regulation and Safety

04 May 2016

Beznau 1 - 48Proving the integrity of the reactor pressure vessel of unit 1 of Switzerland's Beznau nuclear power plant is taking longer than originally expected, owner Axpo said. It now expects to be given regulatory approval to restart the unit by the end of this year.

Swiss regulator approves Proteus decommissioning plan

Waste and Recycling

29 February 2016

Proteus research reactor - 48The Swiss nuclear safety regulator has said it is satisfied with the plans set out by the Paul Scherrer Institute for decommissioning the Proteus research reactor. The reactor was primarily used for neutron physics experiments with different nuclear fuels.

Digging repository deeper may not make it safer, says Nagra

Waste and Recycling

11 August 2016

Additional documentation on the engineering feasibility of a deep repository has been submitted by Switzerland's national radioactive waste disposal cooperative Nagra. It claims there are no safety advantages to constructing a deeper repository than originally envisaged.

BKW sets closure date for Mühleberg


03 March 2016

Muhleberg - 48The Mühleberg nuclear power plant will stop generating electricity on 20 December 2019, utility BKW recently informed the Swiss nuclear safety regulator. Decommissioning of the plant is expected to start in September 2020, the company said.

Expert groups call for Swiss repository studies to include third site

Waste and Recycling

08 February 2016

Two Swiss expert groups have today released reports supporting the repository siting proposals put forward by the country's national radioactive waste disposal cooperative Nagra. However, they call for further investigations to be carried out in the Nördlich Lägern region.