• Fri, Jan 19 2018

    Small Reactor Testing Went Well Says Nasa

    The race for developing a viable small modular reactor is on, but the first community to have a small reactor installed may not be in Idaho or Canada, after all. It might actually be on the planet Mars.
    • Fri, Jan 19 2018

    Tepco Probe Of Unit 2 Finds Fuel Deposit

    The Tokyo Electric Power Company said Friday that a prove outfitted with a camera, a lamp, heat sensors and a dosimeter has returned images of fuel deposits at the bottom of Unit 2 at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Generating Station, marking the second unit at the damaged plant in which melted fuel has been found.
    • Thu, Jan 18 2018

    Belarus NPP Has Final Steam Generator Installed

    The fourth and final 330-metric ton steam generator has been hoisted into place in Unit 2 of the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant under construction near Ostrovets, Grodno Oblast, a region in the northwestern part of the country.
    • Thu, Jan 18 2018

    A Call For Preservation Of U.S. Uranium Mining

    Two major U.S. uranium producers, Ur-Energy and Energy Fuels Inc., have filed a petition with the Department of Commerce calling for a cap on imports that would preserve 25 percent of the domestic market for U.S. companies.
    • Wed, Jan 17 2018

    Japan, U.S. Continue With Nuclear Fuel Pact

    Japan has tacitly agreed to continue with an accord between itself and the United States that permits the country to continue processing spent nuclear fuel and enriched uranium, Japanese media noted Wednesday.
    • Wed, Jan 17 2018

    EDF Chief Targets 2032 For Hinkley Point C Completion

    EDF Energy Chief Executive Officer Simone Rossi said Tuesday that the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant is expected to come on line in 2032 with above ground construction expected to start in June 2019 after foundations for the reactors are in place. There are currently 3,000 workers involved in the project at Hinkley, he said in a news briefing at the construction site. Rossi has also been quoted as saying the...
    • Tue, Jan 16 2018

    Saudi Arabia Expects To Sign Build Contracts In 2018

    A report cited by the Bloomberg business news agency said that Saudi Arabia intended to award nuclear power plant related contracts by the end of this year. Preliminary selection of a prime contractor is expected by April, according the story's source.
    • Mon, Jan 15 2018

    Miners In Australia Call For End To Nuclear Power Ban

    The top mining organization in Australia has once again asked the government to consider ending its ban on nuclear power in the country, which it says would provide a reliable, zero-carbon emissions energy source with proven technology.
    • Mon, Jan 15 2018

    Russia Develops New Cost-Efficient Fuel Casing Material

    Russian scientists at the National Nuclear Research University, funded by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research in conjunction with Tsinghua University's department of engineering physicists in Beijing, said they have developed a cost-effective modified molybdenum material that could be used to replace zirconium alloys currently used for nuclear fuel-element casings.
    • Fri, Jan 12 2018

    Utilities Commission Accepts Diablo Canyon Closure Plan

    California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Thursday approved the closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, closing Unit 1 by 2024 and Unit 2 by 2025, citing specifically the changing economic landscape that puts nuclear power at a disadvantage compared with other energy generation systems.
    • Thu, Jan 11 2018

    Rosatom Prepares Leningrad Phase II Unit For First Criticality

    Russia's state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom said that Unit 1 of the the Leningrad Phase II construction project is being prepared for first criticality after the completion of the construction phase of the reactor vessel at the plant in western Russia.
    • Thu, Jan 11 2018

    Cold Testing Completed At Flammanville Unit 3

    EDF has completed the cold functional test phase for the Flamanville EPR, ending a test phase that started on Dec. 18, the company said.
    • Wed, Jan 10 2018

    ENEC Prepares Barakah Unit 2 For Hot Testing

    Preparations are underway for plant hot functional testing for Unit 2 at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant construction project in the United Arab Emirates, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation announced this week.
    • Wed, Jan 10 2018

    CNNC Installs Third Fuqing Unit 5 Steam Generator

    Within two months, crews at the Fuquing nuclear power plant in the Fujian province of China have installed all three of Unit 5's steam generators, the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said on Monday.
    • Tue, Jan 9 2018

    NRC Approves NuScale's Fundamental SMR Safety Feature

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has concluded that application of NuScale Power’s safety design approach related to its small modular reactor (SMR) eliminates the need for class 1E power, which is the regulatory standard set for the design of safety-related nuclear power plant electrical systems.
    • Tue, Jan 9 2018

    CNNC, New AREVA Affirm Commitment To Project

    New AREVA and its Chinese partner China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said Tuesday they had signed an accord for the Chinese commercial used fuel treatment and recycling plant project that reaffirms their commitment to complete the negotiations of the contract for the project launch in 2018.
    • Fri, Jan 5 2018

    Bad Timing And Snow Hits Nuclear Support Bill In N.J.

    In fighting in the New Jersey capital and bad timing, given the turnover in the governor's mansion in the state, could derail and effort to provide Public Service Electric and Gas with $320 million per year in rate hikes that the company – the largest energy company in the state – says it needs to keep its two nuclear power facilities operating beyond two more years, according to news reports.
    • Thu, Jan 4 2018

    Brookfield Investors To Purchase Westinghouse For $4.6B

    Investment group Brookfield Business Partners L.P. said Thursday it had entered into an agreement to purchase 100 percent of Westinghouse Electric Company, the U.S. nuclear power designer and builder that has been owned by Toshiba Corp. since March 2006.
    • Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Canadian Board Trims OPG Budget Request

    Ontario Power Generation (OPG) must cut $500 million from its $16.8 billion budget request for nuclear operations submitted to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) in May 2016, the utility regulator said Friday. The agency took exception to expenditures that include pensions, benefits and maintenance. OPG must trim $150 million from its budget from compensation and an additional $350 million from “corporate costs and...
    • Wed, Jan 3 2018

    SCANA Corp. Accepts Tentative $14.6B Purchase Offer

    A tentative purchase offer from Dominion Energy of $14.6 billion has been accepted for SCANA Corp., media reports indicated Wednesday.
    • Tue, Jan 2 2018

    IAEA: Gains Among Concerns In 2017

    The year 2017 continued the 60-year anniversary celebrations at the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency, which remains dedicated to its mission of providing global nuclear safeguards and development in the face of the threat of planet-altering climate change.
    • Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Germany Shutters Reactor After 33-Year Run

    The Grundremmingen nuclear power plant Rector B in Bavaria was shut down as 2017 came to a close as part of the country's Engergiewende or energy transition policy, German media announced Monday.
    • Fri, Dec 29 2017

    SCE&G Takes Formal Step To Withdraw From Project

    SCANA Corp. said Thursday that its subsidiary South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, had taken the formal step of withdrawing from the V.C. Summer nuclear plant expansion project -- comprising of Units 2 and 3 at the plant -- by filing a formal request with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to withdraw the combined operating licenses (COLs) for two half-completed reactors.
    • Fri, Dec 29 2017

    Kudankulam Power Plant Project Cited For "Deficiencies"

    Indian auditors have issued a report specifying a laundry list of cost-escalations caused by on-going construction delays and missed time-line expectations at the Kudankulum nuclear power plant, but also naming Rosatom export division Atomstroyexport as responsible for many of the delays.
    • Thu, Dec 28 2017

    Deadly Arsenic Binds With Uranium With Far-Reaching Benefits

    Using powerful synchrotron X-ray imaging, scientists at the University of Sheffield in Britain announced recently that they had discovered uranium at the country's only uranium ore production facility binds with the toxic chemical arsenic to create an insoluble substance that could prevent radioactivity from leaching into the environment.