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Russia notes progress with fast reactor technology

New Nuclear

23 August 2016

Russia has reached two more milestones in its endeavour to close the nuclear fuel cycle. Mashinostroitelny Zavod (MSZ) - part of Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL - has completed acceptance tests of components for its ETVS-14 and ETVS-15 experimental fuel assemblies with mixed nitride fuel for the BREST and BN fast neutron reactors. MSZ has also announced the start of research and development work on the technical design of the "absorbent element" of the core of the BREST-OD-300 reactor.

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.

DOE legal obligation on Yucca Mountain

Waste and Recycling

09 August 2016

Yucca_Mt_Exploratory_Studies_Facility_(NRC)_48The US Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) has urged the Department of Energy (DOE) to pursue the completion of the licensing review for the Yucca Mountain used fuel and nuclear waste disposal facility, saying the consent-based siting process proposed by the department cannot legally substitute for the Nevada project.

Ignalina turbine hall dismantling completed

Waste and Recycling

22 August 2016

Ignalina 1 turbine hall - 48Work that began in October 2011 to dismantle the turbine halls of unit 1 of the Ignalina nuclear power plant - or the B9/1 project - has been completed. The dismantled equipment weighs more than 18,000 tonnes and consists mostly of turbines, generators, heat exchangers, pumps, valves and pipes.

Russia to build 11 new nuclear reactors by 2030

Nuclear Policies

10 August 2016

A Russian government decree published yesterday indicates the country plans to construct 11 new nuclear power reactors by 2030 - including two BN-1200 sodium-cooled fast neutron reactors. The document, which covers "territorial planning for energy" for the period, also identifies six points for radioactive waste disposal.

Coolant removed from Dounreay Fast Reactor

Waste and Recycling

05 August 2016

DFR - NaK disposal plant glove box - 48A ten-year process to remove 68 tonnes of highly-radioactive liquid metal coolant from the primary circuit of the UK's Dounreay Fast Reactor has now been completed, marking a major milestone in its decommissioning.