• Fri, Feb 24 2017

    FirstEnergy Considering Divorce From The Generation Business

    Officials from FirstEnergy, owner of three nuclear power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania – the two-unit Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Shppingport, PA, the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio and the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio – said the company was considering the sale or closure of the remainder of its generating plants by the middle of next year.
    • Fri, Feb 24 2017

    Trace Amounts Of Iodine-131 Found Across Europe

    The Institute of Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleare in France (IRSN) has announced that trace amounts of the radionuclide iodoine-131 of anthropogenic origin has been detected in various locations in Europe in January 2017. The trace amounts were reportedly “in the ground-level atmosphere,” the agency said, noting that it was discovered in France, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain and northern Norway...
    • Thu, Feb 23 2017

    CGN Power Announces Delays At Taishan Project

    China General Nuclear Power, a China General Nuclear subsidiary, informed investors this week that the start of two European Pressurized Rectors (EPR) at Taishan, China, would be delayed by six months with the starts of Taishan Units 1 and 2 not scheduled for the second half of 2017 and the first half of 2018, respectively.
    • Wed, Feb 22 2017

    Chernobyl in 360 Degree Videos

    Check out Chernobyl's Control Room of Reactor 4 and the New Safe Confinement Arch in these European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 360 degree videos. Don't forget to click and drag the video while it is playing to look in all directions.
    • Wed, Feb 22 2017

    New Areva, CNNC, Sign Cooperation Accord

    French nuclear fuel spinoff New Areva said Wednesday that it had signed an agreement with China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) that establishes a framework for industrial and commercial cooperation focusing on nuclear fuel cycle activities. The company also said it remained in negotiation with CNNC concerning a capital investment that followed the example set by previously announced agreements with two investors...
    • Wed, Feb 22 2017

    BWXT Canada Awarded Service Contract Extension At Bruce Power

    BWX Technologies on Wednesday said that its subsidiary BWXT Canada, Ltd., had been awarded a four-year amendment to its existing service contract with Burce Power to provide continued feeder inspection services for the plant located near Kincardine, Ontario, Canada.
    • Tue, Feb 21 2017

    L3 MAPPS to Supply Digital Control Computer System Hardware for Bruce Unit 6, Supporting Life Extension and Continued Low-Cost Nuclear Power

    --Press Release-- L3 MAPPS announced today that it has won a contract from Bruce Power to replace the existing Bruce B Unit 6 Digital Control Computer (DCC) system with all-new hardware. Three DCCs will be delivered to Bruce Power. The first unit (DCC-Z) will be used as a maintenance platform and is due to be installed in the first quarter of 2018.
    • Tue, Feb 21 2017

    Uranium Prices In Skid; What Happens Next?

    Uranium mining faces an uncertain future due to price fluctuations with questions all the more pertinent given the current price of uranium near a 13-year low, says the so-called Red Book, a widely respected report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Nuclear Energy Agency in conjunction with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
    • Tue, Feb 21 2017

    EDF Postpones Restart For Flamanville Unit 1

    French nuclear power operator Electricity de France (EDF) said it would keep Unit 1 at the Flamanville nuclear plant off line until the end of March due to the damage caused by the explosion and fire that disrupted service on Feb. 9.
    • Mon, Feb 20 2017

    Stanford Greatly Improves Uranium Extraction From Seawater

    Researchers at Stanford University, led by former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Nobel Prize recipient Steven Chu, has made progress on three critical factors concerning the extraction of uranium from seawater. Is this a source of fuel for nuclear reactors? That's the question Chu is pursuing.
    • Mon, Feb 20 2017

    Tepco Deploys Scorpion Robot At Damaged Unit 2

    The Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) last week sent an exploratory robot into Unit 2 at the heavily damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Generating Station in northeastern Japan as a follow up to a debris-clearing robot that went along the same track previously, but failed two hours into its clean-up mission, which was supposed to last for 10 hours.
    • Fri, Feb 17 2017

    EPA Approves Aquifer Exemption For Energy Fuels

    Energy Fuels Inc., said Friday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had issued the company an aquifer exemption for the Jane Dough wellfield in the Nichols Ranch ISR Project , a necessary regulatory step for the company to sustain long term production at the in situ recovery facility in northeast central Wyoming.
    • Fri, Feb 17 2017

    Horizon, Exelon Partner On Plant Operations

    British nuclear power concern Horizon Nuclear Power said Wednesday that it would team up with Exelon Generation to assist the UK Company in “becoming a world class nuclear operator.”
    • Thu, Feb 16 2017

    L3 MAPPS to Update Ling Ao Phase II Full Scope Simulator With Orchid and Enhanced Severe Accident Simulation

    --Press Release-- L3 MAPPS announced today that it has been awarded a contract from Ling Ao Nuclear Power Co., Ltd. (LANPC), a division of China General Nuclear (CGN), to upgrade the Ling Ao Phase II full scope simulator with L3’s latest Orchid® simulation software.
    • Thu, Feb 16 2017

    EU's Energy Future Progressing, Says Report

    “The decarbonisation of the European economy is well under way,” said the second State of the Energy Union report from the European Commission's Energy Union and Climate initiative, launched in 2015.
    • Thu, Feb 16 2017

    Illinois Support For Exelon Challenged In Suit

    The landmark law in Illinois that provides support for the Quad Cities and Clinton nuclear power plants –both of them owned by Exelon Corporation – may be decided in a court battle, as fossil-fuel based power generators have filed a lawsuit claiming the law skews the purpose of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's energy market auctions.
    • Wed, Feb 15 2017

    Dongfang Heavy Machinery Ships Heater To EDF

    Chinese manufacturer Dongfang Heavy Machinery has shipped a low-pressure heater to French utility EDF, working under contract for Dongfang Electricity Corporation, according to a Chinese media report.
    • Wed, Feb 15 2017

    NuGen Not Rattled As Toshiba Chairman Resigns

    Despite continued shake ups at Japanese conglomerate Toshiba, owner of Westinghouse Electric Company, the UK company NuGeneration said this week that it remained committed to the three-reactor project in northwest England known as the Moorside project, which is slated for West Cumbria.
    • Tue, Feb 14 2017

    BWXT Announces $784M Naval Propulsion Program Contract

    BWX Technologies, Inc. said Tuesday that the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program has exercised contract options with BWXT’s subsidiary, BWXT Nuclear Operations Group, Inc., totaling approximately $784 million for the manufacture of naval nuclear reactor components. New contracts valued at approximately $11 million were also awarded, the company said.
    • Tue, Feb 14 2017

    ORNL Notes Gains In Transatomic Design

    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has issued a white paper extolling the advances of Transatomic Power's (TAP) molten salt reactor, which burns uranium dissolved in molten fluoride salt and uses passive safety features that makes a melt down impossible.
    • Fri, Feb 10 2017

    Cleaner Robot Sent Into Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 PCV

    The Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), sent a cleaner robot into the Primary Containment Vessel of the damaged Unit 2 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on Thursday, which was meant clear deposits from a rail that would later be used to insert a Scorpion inspection robot. The robot, the company said, did its job for about two hours before failing due to the effect of high radiation.
    • Fri, Feb 10 2017

    BRIMS II Will Ship On Time, Says BWXT Canada

    BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. said Friday it will ship the multi-purpose Bruce Reactor Inspection Maintenance System – the second of its kind – to Bruce Power on February 24, 2017, meeting its delivery date for the highly engineered robotic reactor inspection tool.
    • Thu, Feb 9 2017

    Fire, Blast At Flamanville NPP No Threat To Public

    A fire and explosion at the Flammanville Nuclear Power Plant on France's northwest coast is being described as a serious incident that has no threat of radioactive dispersal into the environment.
    • Thu, Feb 9 2017

    GeoChemist Asks: Who Needs Yucca Mt. Anyway?

    What's the use of going through all the legal and political disputes, detours and protests -- not to mention expense -- to create an underground repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, when much of the spent fuel waste from nuclear power plants no longer fits the definition of high level waste, an expert geochemist is asking.
    • Wed, Feb 8 2017

    Final Condenser Installed At Barakah

    The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has announced the installation of the fourth and final Korean-built condensers for the Barakah nuclear power plant that is under construction in western Abu Dhabi.