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IAEA chief commends Japan on Fukushima clean-up effort

IAEA chief commends Japan on Fukushima clean-up effort

Japan has made a "systematic and meticulous" effort in decommissioning the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said after visiting the plant yesterday. The IAEA is ready to provide further support, he said, for the disposal of contaminated water stored on the site.

Regulation & Safety 27 February 2020


Canadian partnership announces SMR fuel research

Canadian partnership announces SMR fuel research

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has agreed to collaborate with USNC-Power, a subsidiary of Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC), on research in support of USNC's Micro Modular Reactor. The project will also include preliminary activities to explore the feasibility of siting a manufacturing facility for USNC's fuel at CNL's Chalk River campus.
 

New Nuclear 27 February 2020


GE Hitachi submits SMR design for Canadian review

GE Hitachi submits SMR design for Canadian review

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy has made its first submittals to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for the vendor design review of its BWRX-300 small modular reactor. The submittals are for the combined first two phases of the three-phase process and address eight of the 19 VDR focus areas.

New Nuclear 27 February 2020


ATF assemblies complete first fuel cycle at Hatch

ATF assemblies complete first fuel cycle at Hatch

Lead test assemblies of accident-tolerant fuel installed in unit 1 of Southern Nuclear's Edwin I Hatch nuclear power plant in early 2018 have completed a 24-month fuel cycle. A sample of the lead test rods will now undergo testing.

Uranium & Fuel 26 February 2020


Russia, Spain to cooperate in decommissioning

Russia, Spain to cooperate in decommissioning

Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Spanish engineering firms ENUSA, ENSA and IDOM on cooperation in the decommissioning and dismantling of nuclear facilities, as well as in nuclear waste management and related engineering and consulting services. They have also signed a roadmap for the development of various projects in the near term.

Waste & Recycling 26 February 2020


Japanese regulator approves restart of Onagawa 2

Japanese regulator approves restart of Onagawa 2

The Nuclear Regulation Authority today formally accepted a report concluding unit 2 of Tohoku Electric Power Company's Onagawa plant in Miyagi Prefecture meets revised safety standards. The plant was the closest nuclear power plant to the epicentre of the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011, but sustained far less damage than expected.

Regulation & Safety 26 February 2020


Energoatom saves USD76 million through online tendering

Energoatom saves USD76 million through online tendering

ProZorro, the public e-procurement system that Ukraine launched in 2016, saved nuclear power plant operator Energoatom more than UAH1 billion last year and the average number of offers per purchase increased by 8.5%. ProZorro was developed by anti-corruption organisation Transparency International Ukraine as a collaborative effort between the government, business sector and social groups.

Corporate 26 February 2020


Romanian rescue loan broke EU rules, inquiry finds

Romanian rescue loan broke EU rules, inquiry finds

Romania must recover around EUR13 million (USD14 million) of rescue funding from uranium company Compania Națională a Uraniului SA after the European Commission found a restructuring plan for the company did not meet European Union rules on state aid.

Corporate 25 February 2020


Framatome expands presence at Cadarache

Framatome expands presence at Cadarache

Framatome has officially opened a new engineering research and operations centre at Cadarache in south-eastern France. It has also announced an expansion of its Intercontrôle automated non-destructive testing subsidiary, which is based at the same site.

Corporate 25 February 2020


EDF closes Fessenheim unit 1 in eastern France

EDF closes Fessenheim unit 1 in eastern France

EDF has disconnected France's longest serving nuclear power unit - Fessenheim 1 - from the electricity grid, thus ending the reactor's 42 years of low-carbon electricity production. The unit was removed from the network at 2am on 22 February, as scheduled. The utility said the primary circuit cooling operations had been initiated to open the reactor vessel and unload its fuel. Unit 2 is scheduled for closure on 30 June.

Corporate 24 February 2020