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Pre-operational testing completed at Flamanville EPR

Pre-operational testing completed at Flamanville EPR

Workers yesterday completed hot tests at the EPR under construction as unit 3 of the Flamanville nuclear power plant in France. The tests - which began on 21 September last year - aim to simulate the temperatures and pressures which the reactor's systems will be subjected to during normal operation.

New Nuclear 18 February 2020


Canadian partnership launches electric vehicle charging network

Canadian partnership launches electric vehicle charging network

Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One have launched a new company, Ivy Charging Network, which plans to install a new network of fast-chargers for electric vehicles in Ontario by the end of 2021. The Canadian government is investing CAD8 million (USD6 million) in the project which it says will help the transition to a clean energy future.

Energy & Environment 18 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


Barakah 1 receives operating licence

Barakah 1 receives operating licence

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation subsidiary Nawah Energy Company is preparing to load fuel into Barakah unit 1 following an announcement by the United Arab Emirates Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation that it has today issued an operating licence which authorises Nawah to commission and operate the unit.

New Nuclear 17 February 2020


Bilfinger awarded contract for Hinkley Point C piping

Bilfinger awarded contract for Hinkley Point C piping

Industrial engineering firm Bilfinger has been awarded a balance of plant contract - worth about GBP58 million (USD76 million) - by EDF Energy. The contract involves the design, pre-fabrication and supply of around 56km of specialised piping systems that support the operation of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, under construction in Somerset, UK.

Corporate 17 February 2020


MoU starts evaluation of NuScale SMR for Ukraine

MoU starts evaluation of NuScale SMR for Ukraine

NuScale Power and Ukraine's State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety have announced the signature of an agreement to start work on the evaluation of national regulatory and design processes related to the implementation of NuScale small modular reactor technology in Ukraine.

New Nuclear 17 February 2020


Dukovany expansion agreement expected soon, says minister

Dukovany expansion agreement expected soon, says minister

The agreement between the Czech government and utility ČEZ on the construction of a new unit at the Dukovany nuclear power plant will be published within a few weeks, Minister of Industry Karel Havlíček said on 11 February. Havlíček was speaking to journalists during his visit to the plant, and his comments were reported by ČTK news agency the same day.

New Nuclear 14 February 2020


IAEA helps streamline Pakistan's nuclear power programme

IAEA helps streamline Pakistan's nuclear power programme

Pakistan has described the support it has received from the International Atomic Energy Agency in strengthening its nuclear power programme through a project launched in 2018. The country aims for a significant expansion of its use of nuclear power over the coming decades in order to meet growing energy demand. Regulators, operators and representatives of organisations involved in Pakistan's nuclear power programme attended a four-day meeting at the IAEA's headquarters last month to discuss the Agency's streamlined support for the country.

Nuclear Policies 14 February 2020


US uranium reserve proposal receives positive response

US uranium reserve proposal receives positive response

US uranium companies have responded favourably to the Administration's 2021 budget request of USD150 million in funding to set up a uranium reserve. Energy Fuels CEO and President Mark Chalmers said the development was "an important step toward addressing the devastating impact of our nation's overdependence on uranium imports from Russia and its allies, which is displacing free market uranium and forcing US mines out of business".

Uranium & Fuel 13 February 2020


IEA head calls for grand coalition to address climate

IEA head calls for grand coalition to address climate

A "grand coalition" of all stakeholders is needed to address the challenge of climate change, International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol said yesterday during the latest in the Paris-based organisation's Big Ideas speaker series. This must involve the energy sector, he said, as it accounts for most of the world's carbon dioxide emissions.

Energy & Environment 13 February 2020