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Safety upgrades impact operation of Japanese units 

The restart of unit 2 of the Tokai nuclear power plant will be delayed by almost two years as construction of improved safety measures is taking longer than originally planned, Japan Atomic Power Company announced yesterday. Kansai Electric Power Company has also said Takahama units 3 and 4 will be taken offline later this year for extended period inspections while construction of back-up control centres is completed.


Perspectives

Viewpoint: Financing nuclear projects in developing countries

Viewpoint: Financing nuclear projects in developing countries

Developing countries are unable to enjoy the benefits of nuclear power owing to a lack of involvement from development finance institutions, but small modular reactors may provide the key, write Elina Teplinsky and Sid Fowler of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Over the next decade, the world faces two significant interrelated challenges. First, developing countries must increase electric generation to provide their citizens with access to affordable, reliable energy. Second, all nations face the urgent need to rapidly and dramatically reduce carbon emissions.

27 January 2020


New simulator commissioned at Bruce plant

New simulator commissioned at Bruce plant

Bruce Power has completed a training simulator at its Bruce nuclear power plant in Ontario, Canada, that will be used to train and test certified operators to extend the operation of the plant to 2064. The simulator complements the existing simulators at the site and uses state-of-the-art software modelling and analytical-based computer codes.

Corporate 29 January 2020


IAEA helps Uganda improve radiotherapy provision

IAEA helps Uganda improve radiotherapy provision

The International Atomic Energy Agency has launched a new, national cancer control project for Uganda that promises to continue the path towards stronger, more accessible cancer therapy services. Each year, nearly 30,000 new cancer cases are reported in the country and more than 20,000 cancer-related deaths are recorded.

Energy & Environment 29 January 2020


Barakah unit ready for operation, WANO finds

Barakah unit ready for operation, WANO finds

A team from the World Association of Nuclear Operators has concluded that unit 1 of the Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi is ready to start up. The Pre-Start Up Review - a globally recognised nuclear industry assessment conducted in line with international industry standards set by WANO - took place in November.

New Nuclear 28 January 2020


Perspectives

Viewpoint: Financing nuclear projects in developing countries

Viewpoint: Financing nuclear projects in developing countries

Developing countries are unable to enjoy the benefits of nuclear power owing to a lack of involvement from development finance institutions, but small modular reactors may provide the key, write Elina Teplinsky and Sid Fowler of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Over the next decade, the world faces two significant interrelated challenges. First, developing countries must increase electric generation to provide their citizens with access to affordable, reliable energy. Second, all nations face the urgent need to rapidly and dramatically reduce carbon emissions.

27 January 2020


US DOE funds compact particle accelerator development

US DOE funds compact particle accelerator development

The US Department of Energy has announced a plan to provide USD10 million over three years to advance particle accelerator technology for medical, security, energy, and industrial applications, with a focus on the development of novel "compact" accelerator technologies for cancer treatment and other uses.

Corporate 28 January 2020


Fortum, Tractebel to assist in Estonian SMR deployment

Fortum, Tractebel to assist in Estonian SMR deployment

Estonia's Fermi Energia has signed Memoranda of Understanding with Finnish power company Fortum and Belgian engineering firm Tractebel to cooperate on studying the deployment of small modular reactors in the Baltic country.

Corporate 28 January 2020


First serial batch of MOX fuel loaded into BN-800

First serial batch of MOX fuel loaded into BN-800

Unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant in Russia's Sverdlovsk district has been restarted after being loaded with the first serial batch of mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel. By 2021, the BN-800 fast neutron reactor should be operating with a full core of MOX fuel assemblies.

Uranium & Fuel 28 January 2020


Ministers see progress at Hinkley Point C

Ministers see progress at Hinkley Point C

Ministers from the UK's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy visited Hinkley Point C on 23 January to see progress at the new nuclear power plant. HPC, under construction in Somerset, England, will be the first new nuclear power station to be built in the UK in almost 20 years and will provide about 7% of the country's electricity.

New Nuclear 27 January 2020


Land access agreed for Canadian repository studies

Land access agreed for Canadian repository studies

Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation has signed agreements with landowners in South Bruce, Ontario to allow access to land for studies at a potential location for a deep geological repository.

Waste & Recycling 27 January 2020


India, Russia discuss cooperation in third countries

India, Russia discuss cooperation in third countries

Russia and India are discussing the construction of power plants in Africa as the next stage in their cooperation in nuclear energy, the Indian ambassador to Moscow, Venkatesh Varma, told Russian news agency RIA Novosti last week. They could replicate the Rooppur project in Bangladesh, he reportedly said.

Nuclear Policies 27 January 2020


Heat exchangers in place at Jules Horowitz

Heat exchangers in place at Jules Horowitz

Spanish manufacturer Equipos Nucleares SA has completed the installation of three heat exchangers for the primary circuit of the Jules Horowitz Reactor, under construction at Cadarache in southern France. Once in operation, the reactor will be used for testing of materials and fuels for current and future nuclear reactor designs.

New Nuclear 27 January 2020