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Austria fails to turn neighbours against nuclear power

Austria fails to turn neighbours against nuclear power

Austria failed to dent the Visegrád Group of countries' enthusiasm for nuclear power as a solution to climate change during their meeting in Prague yesterday. This was evident during a press conference held after the V4 and Austria summit by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak prime ministers, Andrej Babiš, Viktor Orbán, Mateusz Morawiecki and Peter Pellegrini, respectively.

Nuclear Policies 17 January 2020


Second injunction keeps Ikata reactor offline

Second injunction keeps Ikata reactor offline

The Hiroshima High Court today imposed a temporary injunction on the operation of unit 3 of the Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan's Ehime Prefecture, currently in a maintenance outage. Operator Shikoku Electric Power Company said it will appeal the decision, the second injunction to be imposed on the unit since it was restarted in 2016.

Regulation & Safety 17 January 2020


IAEA chief highlights political commitment to nuclear security

IAEA chief highlights political commitment to nuclear security

Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has pledged to build on the political impetus seen in international cooperation in nuclear security in recent years. "It is vital that we remain ahead of the curve in guarding against nuclear terrorism," he told delegates at an event in Vienna yesterday.

Regulation & Safety 16 January 2020


India plans to build new sodium plant

India plans to build new sodium plant

A foundation stone laying ceremony at the Baroda heavy water plant in India has marked the inauguration of a new facility that will allow the country to produce high purity sodium metal on an industrial scale. India up to now has imported the material, which is used in fast breeder reactors.
 

Corporate 16 January 2020


Orano achieves industry first in used fuel transfer

Orano achieves industry first in used fuel transfer

Orano TN has completed the first transfer and storage of used fuel canisters with a higher than usual heat load using its Extended Optimised Storage dry storage system. The use of EOS, which is licensed by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for heat loads of up to 50 kW per canister, means used fuel can be transferred to secure dry storage after a shorter period of time.

Waste & Recycling 16 January 2020


ENSA ships steam generators to France

ENSA ships steam generators to France

Spanish manufacturer Equipos Nucleares SA (ENSA) has shipped two replacement steam generators to France, completing an order received at the end of 2012 from Framatome for three such components for use in 900 MWe-class pressurised water reactors. It was not disclosed at which plant the steam generators are to be installed.

Corporate 16 January 2020


EU Green Deal ignores its own biggest clean energy source

EU Green Deal ignores its own biggest clean energy source

The European Commission yesterday unveiled its plan for at least EUR1 trillion (USD1.1 trillion) in sustainable investments over the next decade. The European Green Deal Investment Plan is the investment pillar of the Green Deal, which aims to make the EU climate-neutral by 2050.

Energy & Environment 15 January 2020


Russian repair improvements led to 3 TWh more power in 2019

Russian repair improvements led to 3 TWh more power in 2019

Greater efficiency in Russian nuclear power plant maintenance outages saved nearly 180 days last year and enabled 2.9 terawatt hours more electricity to be produced than would otherwise have been possible, Rosenergoatom said yesterday. This amount of electricity is enough to meet the energy demand of, for example, the Smolensk or Tver regions for six months, the company said.

Corporate 15 January 2020


GNF accident-tolerant fuel loaded into US reactor

GNF accident-tolerant fuel loaded into US reactor

Global Nuclear Fuel accident-tolerant fuel assemblies have been loaded into a US reactor for the first time. Lead test assemblies using the company's ARMOR-coated zirconium cladding and IronClad accident-tolerant fuel solutions have been installed at Exelon's Clinton boiling water reactor power plant in Illinois.

Uranium & Fuel 15 January 2020


CNL secures overseas decommissioning contract

CNL secures overseas decommissioning contract

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is to take part in the decommissioning of a prototype boiling water reactor in Lingen, Germany under a subcontract awarded by Atkins Energy Germany GmbH. The four-year contract includes the secondment of CNL staff as well as the provision of specialist equipment services and will see CNL for the first time apply skills and capabilities gained from Canadian decommissioning projects in the international market.

Waste & Recycling 14 January 2020