• Fri, May 26 2017

    New Horizon Moves Wylfa Newydd Design Forward

    Horizon Nuclear Power has moved the Wylfa Newydd project design forward with a consolidated facility concept that eliminates the need for some buildings, including some of the off-site structures, and combines operations for radioactive waste storage for the two units.
    • Fri, May 26 2017

    NRC Budget Reflects Need For Fewer Employees

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Friday that it had submitted its budget request for fiscal year 2018 to the U.S. Congress, asking for $45 million less than the previous annual request, in part to adjust to a smaller staff required due to work completed in response to the Fukushima Daiichi accident of 2011.
    • Thu, May 25 2017

    MHI Delivers Three Steam Generators To Cruas NPP

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has delivered three replacement steam generators to Électricité de France S.A. (EDF) for the Cruas Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1 Reactor. The replacement steam generators have been certified by France's nuclear authority as compliant with the country's strict regulatory requirements on April 28, 2017.
    • Wed, May 24 2017

    Thermal Hydraulic Researchers Build Largest Transparent Fuel Test Assembly in the World

    --Shared by Texas A&M Engineering -- Advanced reactor technologies have generated interest for their potential to reduce fossil fuel emissions, improve energy efficiency and cut down on nuclear waste. Researchers with the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University have provided new insights into the workings of an advanced sodium-cooled fast reactor fuel assembly, having used a specialized test...
    • Wed, May 24 2017

    IAEA Review Notes Improvements In Czech Regulatory Framework

    An international review of the Czech Republic's regulatory framework for nuclear power has been significantly enhanced in recent years, although some work remains regarding implementation of the country's new Atomic Act, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Tuesday.
    • Wed, May 24 2017

    Japanese Regulators Approve Two Reactors For Restarts

    Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority cleared two more nuclear reactors for restart on Wednesday. Both reactors in the Fukui Prefecture could be restarted as early as this fall, if the restarts meet with local approval, according to Japanese media reports.
    • Tue, May 23 2017

    EDF Denies "Rumor" Of Delaying Nuclear Rollback

    French utility EDF, which is majority owned by the state, used a Twitter account to deny a media allegation that it secretly intended to roll back the country's nuclear power reduction plan by 25 years.
    • Tue, May 23 2017

    NuGen To Meet With China's State Nuclear Power Technology Corp.

    A Nuclear Industry Association spokeswoman in Britain confirmed talks would take place with the State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) of China and NuGen, which has plans to build three AP1000 reactors in Moorside, near Sellafield.
    • Mon, May 22 2017

    Swiss Vote Spells Phase Out For Nuclear Power

    A referendum in Switzerland that included a provision forbidding construction of new nuclear power plants passed on Sunday. The referendum included support for renewable power sources and pitted the two energy supplies against each other. Thus, the bill, perhaps inadvertently, was a referendum against energy diversity.
    • Mon, May 22 2017

    Ohio House Drops Nuclear Financing Plan

    Chairman of Ohio's House Public Utilities Committee Bill Seitz has closed down the hearing that was exploring the possibility of setting up financial support for FirstEnergy's two nuclear power plants in the state. Reportedly, FirstEnergy is continuing efforts to revive the discussion, which FirstEnergy Chief Executive Officer Chuck Jones said is “not a bailout.”
    • Fri, May 19 2017

    EDF To Create Nuclear Island Engineering Firm Edvance

    French utility EDF's board of directors on Wednesday approved the merger of its engineering division with that of AREVA NP to form nuclear island and reactor control systems business Edvance. The board approved the new entity, which would be responsible for nuclear island design, implementation and procurement issues, as well as manufacturing and commissioning support.
    • Fri, May 19 2017

    Swiss Vote Sunday Could Ban Nuclear Power

    Voters in Switzerland on Sunday will have the option of banning nuclear power in the country and appear poised to do so, according to voter surveys. The binding resolution pits nuclear power against subsidies for renewable energy sources, leaving out the option that the two industries can compliment each other.
    • Thu, May 18 2017

    China, Argentina Sign Off On Two New Reactors

    Presidents of China and Argentina on Wednesday ushered in a series of business agreements, including contracts for two nuclear power reactors, for which China is to provide about 85 percent of the financing.
    • Wed, May 17 2017

    KEPCO To Restart Takahama Unit 4 Wednesday

    The Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) in Japan announced Tuesday that it intended to restart the Takahama Unit 4 reactor on Wednesday, May 17. It expected the reactor to reach criticality on Thursday, May 18.
    • Wed, May 17 2017

    North Carolina Presses Duke On Lee Nuclear Station

    The Westinghouse Electric Company bankruptcy filing has provoked concern over a “construction work in progress” (CWIP) in North Carolina, namely the Lee Nuclear Station that has been proposed by Duke Energy.
    • Tue, May 16 2017

    EIA Sees Nuclear Capacity Drop By 2050

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects a sharp drop in the role of nuclear power in the nation's energy mix by 2050, owing to the capacity represented by plant retirements vastly outnumbering the gains expected through new reactors being built and upgrades to existing plants.
    • Mon, May 15 2017

    Interim Agreement Keeps Vogtle Expansion Going

    Georgia Power and Westinghouse said they have reached an interim service agreement that would allow for the transition of the Plant Vogtle expansion project to management under Georgia Power. The deal allows for the timing of the transition of construction management from Westinghouse to Georgia Power to be decided by the bankruptcy proceedings. Westinghouse filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors on March 29.
    • Mon, May 15 2017

    NRC Chemist Wins Miss USA Pageant

    She is young, stunning and bright. She is also a chemist and she works for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Her name is Kate McCullough and her title, as of Sunday, is Miss USA.
    • Thu, May 11 2017

    Tepco Looks Beyond Fukushima Daiichi, Seeks Build Partners

    Tokyo Electric and Power Company, owner of the Fukushima Daiichi generating station that suffered a triple-reactor meltdown after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, said Thursday that is was seeking a partner to help re-establish itself in the nuclear power business.
    • Thu, May 11 2017

    Workers Return To Hanford Site After Tunnel Collapse

    The Department of Energy said Thursday that most of the 9,000 workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State had been informed they could return to work after a site emergency was declared following the discovery Tuesday morning of a collapsed storage tunnel that contained rail cars loaded with radioactive equipment.
    • Wed, May 10 2017

    SNC-Lavalin Announces Contracts for Fuel Channel Work

    Engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin announced Tuesday that it has been awarded a contract from Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Company Ltd. (KHNP) for fuel channel inspections and a contract from China's Third Qinshan Nuclear Power Company (TQNPC) for fuel channel reconfiguration.
    • Wed, May 10 2017

    Site Area Emergency Declared At Hanford Site After Tunnel Collapse

    A collapsed tunnel at the Hanford Site in Washington State, overseen by the Richland's Operations Office under the Department of Energy, lead to the declaration of a “site area emergency” on Tuesday, after a worker checking one of two storage tunnels noticed a 20-feet section had caved in.
    • Tue, May 9 2017

    Indonesia Tells Rosatom, "We're not ready yet."

    The Maritime Affairs Minister of Indonesia, Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, confirmed Thursday that Russian nuclear power corporation Rosatom has advanced the possibility of building a turnkey nuclear plant in the country, but he indicated the matter needed to be studied in detail before any offer would be accepted.
    • Mon, May 8 2017

    Argentina, China, Close To Signing Contract For Atucha III

    Argentina's energy deputy secretary Julian Gadano confirmed this week that China and Argentina will sign contracts on May 17 for construction of two nuclear reactors, comprising Atucha III, which will be constructed in the province of Buenos Aires close to Atucha II. Gadano said there were still a few details “to iron out,” but that the basic framework for the contract was intact and that it would be...
    • Mon, May 8 2017

    V.C. Summer Expansion Project 64.1 Percent Complete

    Progress at the V.C. Summer expansion project has reached 64.1 percent, SCE&G's latest report to the South Carolina Public Service Commission shows. The figure takes into account various phases, including engineering – now considered 96 percent complete – procurement at 88.2 percent complete, construction at 34.3 percent complete and start up activities, which are considered 8.6 percent complete.