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EnBW sets provisional date for cooling tower demolition

EnBW sets provisional date for cooling tower demolition

The coronavirus outbreak has impacted German utility EnBW’s deconstruction plans for its Philippsburg nuclear power plant, which is in the federal state of Baden-Wurttemberg. The controlled detonation of the plant's cooling towers will take place on 14 May at the earliest as the date may be subject to change, it said.

Waste & Recycling 26 March 2020


Holtec underscores transparency at US plants

Holtec underscores transparency at US plants

Holtec International has provided an update on decommissioning work at its Oyster Creek and Pilgrim nuclear power plants that is being performed by Comprehensive Decommissioning International, its joint venture with SNC-Lavalin.

Waste & Recycling 04 March 2020


Viewpoint: Fessenheim closure subverts modern environmentalism

Viewpoint: Fessenheim closure subverts modern environmentalism

Shutting down the Fessenheim nuclear power plant will lead to additional emissions and the loss of thousands of jobs, writes Valérie Faudon, general delegate of the French Nuclear Energy Society.

Perspectives 04 March 2020


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


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


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


Orano to start dismantling Georges Besse enrichment plant

Orano to start dismantling Georges Besse enrichment plant

French nuclear fuel cycle company Orano has been authorised to begin dismantling the Georges Besse diffusion enrichment plant at the Tricastin complex in southeastern France. The plant was shut down in June 2012 following 33 years of service and was replaced by the centrifuge-based Georges Besse II plant.

Waste & Recycling 18 February 2020


Norway taps overseas expertise for waste disposal

Norway taps overseas expertise for waste disposal

The Norwegian Nuclear Decommissioning agency has signed cooperation agreements with Finland's AINS Group and France's Orano on building a repository for the disposal of used fuel and waste from the decommissioning of Norway's two shutdown research reactors.

Waste & Recycling 10 February 2020


US cleanup mission set for big advances in 2020

US cleanup mission set for big advances in 2020

This year will be a "milestone" in the USA's cleanup of legacy nuclear sites, including the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, as well as facilities in Idaho, Savannah River and Hanford, a senior US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management officer has told stakeholders. In a separate development, miners at WIPP have completed the "rough cut" of the next area where transuranic waste will be emplaced.

Waste & Recycling 05 February 2020


Orano to use robot in first-of-a-kind dismantling

Orano to use robot in first-of-a-kind dismantling

Orano has won a contract to dismantle the walls and structure of two former used fuel interim storage pools at Marcoule in France. Under the contract, awarded by the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, the company will use a 12-tonne robot in one of the biggest such projects carried out in the country.

Waste & Recycling 05 February 2020