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  • Blog Post: AREVA Delivers 60-Ton Vessel Head To Doel NPP In Belgium

    French-based nuclear power giant AREVA said it had delivered a new vessel head, weighing more than 60 tons, to the Doel nuclear power plant Belgium. The steel vessel head will be installed in the plant's Unit 4 as part of the reactor's outage maintenance operations. AREVA said several areas...
  • Blog Post: Nuclear Remains Cheapest At Low Discount Rates, Says IEA-NEA Annual Review

    Nuclear power remains the cheapest form of electricity generation when the discount rates are low, the combined OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and International Energy Agency's annual cost comparison report for 2015 said. The report, Projected Costs of Generating Electricity: 2015 Edition , calculates...
  • Blog Post: Progress Made On Water And Working Conditions, Says Tepco

    While the Tokyo Electric Power Company continues the massive task of decommissioning the Fukushim Daiichi nuclear power plant, the company says that working conditions at the plant had improved significantly. Members of the company's Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee took note of recent progress...
  • Blog Post: Fishermen Approve Tepco Plan To Dump Treated Water In Pacific Ocean

    Two fisheries associations in Japan this week gave permission for the Tokyo Electric Power Company to dump treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster site into the ocean with the stipulations that contamination levels be within legal limits and that the utility company and...
  • Blog Post: Tepco Restructures, Subdividing Non-Nuclear Concerns

    Tokyo Electric Power Company in Japan said it was restructuring the company, creating three businesses that continue with its 2014 separation of its nuclear businesses from its non-nuclear concerns. As from 1 April 2016, Tepco said, the company will spin off its fuel and thermal power generation business...
  • Blog Post: Unit 3 At Hongyanhe NPP About To Start Commercial Operation

    The third of six planned reactors at the Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Station in Liaoning province, China, has been put through a successful 168-hour model operation and will soon start its life as a commercial reactor, Chinese media have reported. The first two reactors at the facility began commercial...
  • Blog Post: TVA Sends Request For Watts Bar 2 Operating License

    [UPDATED]The Tennessee Valley Authority has declared the new Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor to be “substantially complete” and sent a request to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for an operating license for the unit that would be the first U.S. reactor put into commercial operation in this century...
  • Blog Post: Power Companies In Japan Expected To Spend $24B On Nuclear Plant Upgrades

    Eleven power companies in Japan are expected to spend $24 billion on safety upgrades at their Japanese nuclear power plants, according to a report published by The Japan Times. The figures, which come from various sources in the nuclear power industry, includes an expected spending of $60.1 million...
  • Blog Post: NRC To Map Out Emergency Plans For Small Modular Reactors

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the development of new emergency regulations for small modular reactors, which are generally defined as 300 MWe or smaller, which represents a radical departure from the 1,000 MWe reactors currently in use in the country. NRC commissioners voted...
  • Blog Post: Kyushu Electric Power Turns On No. 1 Reactor At Sendai NPP

    The No. 1 reactor at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, returned to commercial operations at 10:30 a.m., local time on Tuesday, the Kyushu Electric Power Company said. The reactivation marks the first time a reactor has been fired up in Japan in more than two years. More...
  • Blog Post: NRC Panel Rejects Challenges To Diablo Canyon NPP

    A Nuclear Regulatory Commission three-member adjudication panel late last week rejected arguments made by the San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace that contended the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant should not have its operating licenses extended. The anti-nuclear power group argued at a hearing on...
  • Blog Post: Department Of Energy Announces Funding For Reactor Development

    The U.S. Energy Department announced a new round of funding to support research and development of advanced nuclear reactor projects. Using partnership funding, the DOE said two awards of up to $6 million would be allocated in the fiscal year 2015, which ends September 30. The available grants include...
  • Blog Post: Areva Agrees To Sell Nuclear Assets To EDF

    French nuclear build and engineering giant Areva on Thursday agreed to sell its nuclear division to utility company Electricite de France (EDF) for about $3 billion or about $1 billion shy of its asking price. EDF said Areva had signed a memorandum of understanding – a purchase offer –...
  • Blog Post: Seabrook Station In New Hampshire Passes Environmental Review For License Extension

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Thursday that the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant 13 miles south of Portsmouth, N.H., had been given a passing grade on its environment impact review needed to allow for a 20-year extension of its operating license. “ The supplemental environmental...
  • Blog Post: NRC Tags Two Technicians With Willfully Shortchanging Weld Tests

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday that tests done on high level waste casks welds in late 2013 were done improperly at the Monticello Nuclear Power Plant 35 miles northwest of Minneapolis, Minn. The federal watchdog said that two former contracted employees willfully falsified reports...
  • Blog Post: Enec Installs New Simulator, Shipped From Korea

    The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) said it had installed a second fully operational APR-1400 training simulator at its learning center in Barakah, Abu Dhabi, which is up and running and ready for use by 116 enlisted reactor (RO) and senior reactor operators (SRO), 98 percent of whom are United...
  • Blog Post: Byron Station NPP Passes NRC Environmental Review

    T he Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Thursday that there were no environment issues that precluded a 20-year renewal of an operating license for the Byron Station Nuclear Power Plant in Illinois. Ten days ago, the NRC said there were no technical issues related to safety to impede a 20-year...
  • Blog Post: Luminant Generation Awards 5-Year Service Deal To Fluor Corporation

    Luminant Generation Company has awarded Irving, Texas-based Fluor Corporation a five year contract for engineering, maintenance, and modification serves for its two-unit Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, which is in Somervell County, Texas, 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth. In a statement, Fluor...
  • Blog Post: NRC Drops Columbia NPP Infraction From White To Green

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has notched back emergency preparedness concerns at the Columbia Generating Station in Richland, Wa., that arose during a plant inspection in May, dropping the status of the problems cited from white to green, the lowest status in the watchdog agency's scale. ...
  • Blog Post: Texas-Based AZZ Inc. Awarded China Nuclear Power Engineering Company Contract

    Proving that U.S. firms can get into the action in China, Fort Worth, Texas-based galvanizing giant AZZ Inc. said Friday it had been awarded a contract from China Nuclear Power Engineering Company to provide two circuits of 550kV 2000A Gas Insulated Line (GIL) for the Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Plant located...
  • Blog Post: DTE Energy Awards Fermi 2 Service Contract To GE Power & Water

    Michigan-based DTE Energy has awarded outage services work to GE Power & Water through GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and GE Power Generation Services (PGS) for the utility’s Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant, the company said Thursday. GEH will provide a host of outage and inspection services...
  • Blog Post: Areva Announces Contract Awards In Britain And United States

    French engineering and nuclear power contractor Areva said Wednesday it had signed two significant contracts, including one to perform outage and maintenance services for five U.S. nuclear power plants and one involving decommissioning at 12 sites in Britain. Beginning in 2016, AREVA will provide...
  • Blog Post: NRC Completes SER Process for Braidwood And Byron NPPs

    There are no technical issues that stand in the way of 20-year license renewals for two Exelon Generation Company nuclear power plants in Illinois, the Byron and Braidwood plants that house two reactors each, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said. Exelon submitted applications in May 2013 to have...
  • Blog Post: Areva Reportedly Aware Of High Carbon Anomalies In 2006

    A French weekly, Le Canard enchaine, has claimed that nuclear power giant Areva has known since 2006 that the steel in the reactor pressure vessel head construction for some of its build projects had high levels of carbon that caused the steel to be more brittle. In early April it was announced by...
  • Blog Post: Austria Files Case Against Hinkley Point C At European Court Of Justice

    Austria has filed a long-expected legal challenge to the funding mechanism put in place for the Hinkley Point C nuclear build in southwest England, which was approved by the European Commission in October. The British government said it would support an elevated price for electricity generated at...