Uprates and modernisation rss

US reactor materials testing facility upgraded

New Nuclear

28 October 2015

MIBL open house - 48A $3 million upgrade of the Michigan Ion Beam Laboratory will enable tests on radiation damage in materials to be performed much quicker than previously possible. Such tests will help in the life extension of existing reactors and in the development of advanced reactor designs.

Mitsubishi faces $7.6 billion claim over SONGS shutdown


29 July 2015

SONGS aerial - 48A claim for $7.6 billion has been made against Japan's Mitsubishi for damages resulting from the early closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in California.

Further inspections for Beznau reactor vessels

Regulation and Safety

17 July 2015

Beznau - 48The restart of unit 1 of Switzerland's Beznau nuclear power plant, currently offline for an annual overhaul, has been postponed while flaw indications detected in its reactor pressure vessel (RPV) are investigated further. A maintenance outage at unit 2 has been brought forward so that its RPV can also be checked.

Ukraine aims to complete safety upgrade program in 2020

Regulation and Safety

07 August 2015

Energoatom has postponed the completion target date for its program to improve the safety of its nuclear power plants from 2017 to the end of 2020.

Contract for Embalse simulator upgrade


17 July 2015

Embalse simulator - 48The full-scope simulator at Argentina's single-unit Embalse nuclear power plant is to be upgraded by Canada-based L-3 MAPPS under a contract signed with Nucleoeléctrica Argentina SA.

EDF Energy completes safety upgrades at UK plants

Regulation and Safety

14 July 2015

EDF Energy emergency respone centre - 48EDF Energy announced today that it has completed post-Fukushima safety upgrades at its UK nuclear power plants within the time agreed with the regulator and to budget. The upgrades include a new emergency response centre near Sizewell B.