• Mon, Jun 30 2008

    Pumping next week at Cigar Lake

    Cameco is to begin pumping water from the flooded Cigar Lake mine next week. The uranium mine, which should be the biggest in the world when it enters operation, was flooded by a rockfall in October 2006.
    • Mon, Jun 30 2008

    Yongbyon cooling tower demolished

    North Korea has made a declaration on its nuclear activities and demolished a cooling tower. The USA has made political concessions in return, but remains guarded on the future of the long-running process.
    • Mon, Jun 30 2008

    Comanche Peak to increase output

    The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved a request to increase the generating capacity of units 1 and 2 of the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant by approximately 4.5% each. Luminant Generation Co. (formerly Energy Futures), which operates Comanche Peak for Texas Utilities (TXU), intends to implement the changes during refuelling outages. Unit 1 is to be be uprated in autumn 2008 and will see generating capacity...
    • Fri, Jun 27 2008

    US nuclear to grow, but not fast enough

    Current US policies are not enough to give nuclear power a leading role in climate protection. Although policies would see a 15% increase in nuclear power capacity by 2030, American energy use overall would grow by 19%, and carbon dioxide emissions by 16%.
    • Fri, Jun 27 2008

    UK to cooperate with Jordan on desalination

    A memorandum of understanding (MoU) is to be signed at the weekend between Jordan and the UK that would facilitate cooperation in nuclear energy, including for desalination of water. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed the forthcoming deal to World Nuclear News today, stating that the document would be signed on the British side by Barbara Thomas Judge, chair of the UK Atomic Energy Authority. A spokesman...
    • Thu, Jun 26 2008

    Yucca funded, GNEP ‘zeroed’

    US legislators have approved an energy and water bill that would see increased support for nuclear power initiatives and fully fund Yucca Mountain, but would cut funding for the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) program to zero.
    • Thu, Jun 26 2008

    Niger kidnap victims freed

    Four French uranium employees kidnapped in northern Niger on 22 June have been released. Areva announced on 25 June that the four had been handed over to the International Red Cross and would be leaving for France soon. All were reported to be in good health. The four were kidnapped by ethnic Tuareg group the Movement of the People of Niger for Justice (MNJ), which is fighting for the north of the country to enjoy an...
    • Wed, Jun 25 2008

    First concrete for new reactor at Novovoronezh-II

    First concrete for a new reactor has been poured at the Novovoronezh phase II nuclear power plant, marking the official start of construction. This is the first unit in Russia's new wave of construction, which could benefit in future from foreign investment.
    • Wed, Jun 25 2008

    UK opinion swinging towards nuclear

    Over half of the respondents to a new public opinion survey feel that the UK should increase its nuclear capacity – and those living closest to existing nuclear plants are most strongly in favour of new nuclear.
    • Wed, Jun 25 2008

    Belarus adopts nuclear energy law

    The House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus has passed the second reading of a bill on nuclear power. The bill covers "fundamental principles" for the introduction of nuclear power and declares that benefits to citizens and society must outweigh any negative impacts of nuclear energy. Its coverage extends from design and construction of nuclear facilities to security, safety, physical protection...
    • Tue, Jun 24 2008

    Radball ready to roll

    Nuclear clean-up jobs could be simplified in future by a novel tennis-ball-sized device able to help map radiation sources. Using the device should be cheaper and easier than robotic or manual surveying.
    • Tue, Jun 24 2008

    Galvani to work on Brazil's largest uranium reserve

    Industriás Nucleares do Brasil (INB) has selected Galvani, a regional phosphates company, as the sole partner in the exploitation of the Santa Quitéria reserve ahead of international miners Bunge and Vale.
    • Tue, Jun 24 2008

    Safety authority asks for steam generator measures

    Electricité de France has been given until 30 September to implement preventative safety measures in steam generators at its French nuclear reactors including plugging tubes affected by an anomaly in anti-vibration measures
    • Mon, Jun 23 2008

    Brown calls oil producers to invest in nuclear

    UK prime minister Gordon Brown thinks oil producing countries could stabilise their market and secure long-term futures by investing in alternatives, including nuclear – and has told OPEC leaders he will open up the UK's energy industry to such investments.
    • Mon, Jun 23 2008

    Second of three Hanford contracts

    A $4.5 billion contract was announced on 19 June, the second huge deal in a program to clean-up the USA's legacy Hanford site. The site's central plateau is the focus of the work, which includes much remediation and environmental monitoring.
    • Mon, Jun 23 2008

    French uranium employees kidnapped in Niger

    French nuclear company Areva is working with authorities in France and Niger to liberate four of its expatriate employees kidnapped by Tuareg rebels in Niger's Arlit region. Areva confirmed that the four kidnapped employees were in good health and had been able to contact the company. Local press reports have added that the ethnic Tuareg group the Movement of the People of Niger for Justice (MNJ) took the four French...
    • Mon, Jun 23 2008

    Inspectors in Syria

    A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) flew to Syria on 22 June to examine the alleged nuclear site near Al Kibar. In September 2007, Israeli jets bombed a building there, which US intelligence officials said was a graphite moderated nuclear reactor suitable for weapons-grade plutonium production. The affair has drawn criticism from IAEA director general Mohamed ElBaradei, who "deplored" the...
    • Fri, Jun 20 2008

    Nuclear power competes with pedal power

    On 24 June, a 700 km cycle race kicks off from the Volgodonsk nuclear power plant in southern Russia to the Zaporizhzhya plant in Ukraine. The race is aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle and reinforcing friendship between the satellite towns of both plants. This is the third such race that Volgodonsk has organized. The first, held in 2004, travelled a route between the Volgodonsk and Novovoronezh nuclear power plants...
    • Fri, Jun 20 2008

    Cameco completes GLE's front end loop

    Uranium producer Cameco has joined the Global Laser Enrichment (GLE) venture, promising tie-ins across the front end of the nuclear fuel cycle. Together, the stakeholders in GLE have uranium mining, conversion enrichment and fuel fabrication business units.
    • Fri, Jun 20 2008

    CEOs make climate recommendations to G8

    Recommendations on a post-2012 framework for global climate policy, backed by international business leaders, have been submitted by the World Economic Forum to the G8 leaders. The businessmen see advanced nuclear power as part of the solution.
    • Fri, Jun 20 2008

    EdF allowed to continue concreting

    Concreting work is to recommence at Flamanville 3, after safety authorities accepted Electricité de France's plans to improve quality control. The company intends to train workers in the necessary safety culture and must report on progress for six months.
    • Thu, Jun 19 2008

    Inaugural meeting of French transparency committee

    France's new national committee on nuclear information - the High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Safety - held its first meeting on 18 June. The committee's mandate is to act as a forum for the discussion of all issues related to public access to nuclear safety information.
    • Thu, Jun 19 2008

    Namibian mine gets the green light

    Namibian uranium miner UraMin has gained approval for a mining licence and a positive record of decision on its desalination plant. The miner will use an innovative leaching system and put back displaced top soil.
    • Thu, Jun 19 2008

    New turbines for Exelon plants

    US utility Exelon is upgrading steam turbines at six of its nuclear power units. The $420 million project should result in about 240 MWe more power across the six units, which have all had 20-year extensions to the operating licenses.
    • Thu, Jun 19 2008

    BE performance, earnings down

    Technical problems at some of its nuclear reactors resulted in lower output and earnings for British Energy during the 2007-2008 financial year, despite overall operational improvements. Speculation continues about the future of the UK nuclear generator, currently up for sale.