• Tue, Aug 3 2021

    New study confirms viability of Etango-8

    Newly released results from a pre-feasibility study of the Etango-8 uranium project have confirmed the strong technical and economic viability of conventional open pit mining and heap leach processing of the deposit in Namibia, Bannerman Energy has announced. The company now plans to complete a definitive feasibility study in 2022 quarter. ...read more
    • Tue, Aug 3 2021

    First concrete poured for Xudabao 3

    Construction of unit 3 at the Xudabao nuclear power plant in China's Liaoning province officially got under way on 28 July with the pouring of first concrete for the reactor's nuclear island. The unit is one of four VVER-1200 reactors to be supplied Russia to China under a 2018 agreement. ...read more
    • Tue, Aug 3 2021

    Japanese gas-cooled reactor restarts

    The Japan Atomic Energy Agency has resumed operation of the High-Temperature Test Reactor in Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture. The small prototype reactor becomes the first Japanese gas-cooled reactor to restart following the introduction of new safety regulations. ...read more
    • Tue, Aug 3 2021

    Kazatomprom monitors COVID situation as 2021 outlook unchanged

    Kazatomprom's 2021 production guidance remains unchanged but with Delta-variant COVID-19 cases rising and some areas of Kazakhstan going back into severe government-mandated restrictions, the uranium company yesterday said it continues to rigorously monitor the COVID-19 situation to ensure its current protocols remain effective. ...read more
    • Mon, Aug 2 2021

    Turbine work delays Olkiluoto 3 start up

    Regular electricity production at the Olkiluoto 3 EPR will begin in March 2022 - one month later than previously planned, Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj announced. It said the delay has been caused by extra turbine overhaul and inspection works. ...read more
    • Mon, Aug 2 2021

    Fifth Hongyanhe unit enters commercial operation

    Unit 5 of the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant in China's Liaoning province has completed commissioning tests and met the conditions for entering commercial operation, China General Nuclear has announced. The company now has 25 power reactors in commercial operation with a combined generating capacity of 28,261 MWe. ...read more
    • Fri, Jul 30 2021

    CGN takes Taishan 1 offline following fuel failure

    China General Nuclear announced today it is taking unit 1 of the Taishan nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province offline to replace damaged fuel rods. Last month, an increase in the concentration of noble gases in the primary circuit of the EPR was attributed to a few damaged fuel rods. ...read more
    • Fri, Jul 30 2021

    Monitoring Fukushima radiation on land and sea

    Japanese laboratories monitoring radionuclides in seawater, marine sediment and fish near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continue to produce reliable data, according to a new International Atomic Energy Agency report. Meanwhile, Tokyo Electric Power Company plans to rear fish in treated radioactive water from the plant to demonstrate ...read more
    • Fri, Jul 30 2021

    US regulator issues FEIS for Texas interim storage facility

    The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued its final environmental impact statement on Interim Storage Partners, LLC's application to build and operate a consolidated interim storage facility for used nuclear fuel in Texas. The regulator recommends granting a licence for the facility. ...read more
    • Fri, Jul 30 2021

    IAEA reviews long-term safety of Spain's Ascó plant

    An International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts has completed a review of the long-term operational safety of the Ascó nuclear power plant in Spain. The team reviewed implementation of recommendations made during a previous review mission and assessed the plant's preparedness, organisation and programmes related to long-term operation against ...read more
    • Thu, Jul 29 2021

    Cameco updates 2021 outlook following Cigar Lake restart

    Cameco expects to produce up to 12 million pounds U3O8 (4616 tU), on a 100% basis, this year provided there are no further disruptions due to COVID-19, forest fires or any other cause, the Canadian company said yesterday in its quarterly results call. ...read more
    • Thu, Jul 29 2021

    Helion prepares to build seventh fusion prototype

    Fusion energy developer Helion Energy has broken ground on a new facility in Everett, Washington, which will house its seventh generation fusion prototype, known as Polaris. Construction of the facility, which will also produce helium-3 fuel, is expected to be completed in early-2022. Meanwhile, General Fusion and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories are to ...read more
    • Thu, Jul 29 2021

    Vogtle in-service dates and cost forecast revised

    Georgia Power today said it now projects an in-service date in the second quarter of 2022 for Vogtle unit 3 and in the first quarter of 2023 for Vogtle unit 4, three-to-four months later than previously expected for each unit. The total project capital cost forecast has been revised to reflect the updated schedule, resulting in a USD460 million increase ...read more
    • Thu, Jul 29 2021

    UK sets out approach to AMR demonstrator

    The UK government today published a Call for Evidence that sets out its suggested approach to building the first advanced modular reactor demonstrator. This will specifically explore high temperature gas reactors as the most promising model for the demonstration programme, which ministers are investing GBP170 million (USD237 million) into delivering ...read more
    • Thu, Jul 29 2021

    Ranking energy security risks for the net-zero age

    A new study published yesterday by the New Nuclear Watch Institute finds that the "supposed dependency concerns" associated with the host-vendor relationship in the nuclear energy sector are "historically and practically unfounded". The report - Energy Security in the Age of Net-Zero Ambitions and the System Value of Nuclear Power ...read more
    • Thu, Jul 29 2021

    Exelon files decommissioning plans for Illinois plants

    Exelon Generation yesterday announced the filing of Post Shutdown Decommissioning Activity Reports for its Byron and Dresden plants, due to shut later this year, with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. PSDARs set out long-term site restoration plans for the stations after they shut down, and their filing is one of the final regulatory steps before ...read more
    • Thu, Jul 29 2021

    Qinshan plant to supply district heating

    China National Nuclear Corporation has launched a district heating demonstration project at the Qinshan nuclear power plant in Zhejiang Province. The project, in cooperation with the Haiyan County Government, will "provide a nuclear energy solution to solve the heating problem in southern China," the company said. ...read more
    • Wed, Jul 28 2021

    Canadian regulator issues order on plant restarts

    The operators of the Bruce, Darlington and Pickering nuclear power plants must submit data to demonstrate the safe operation of pressure tubes and obtain regulatory authorisation before restarting any currently shut-down reactors at those sites. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission says it has issued orders to Bruce Power and Ontario Power Generation ...read more
    • Wed, Jul 28 2021

    Spain to launch tender for used fuel storage facilities

    Spain's Council of Ministers yesterday authorised decommissioning and waste management firm Enresa to launch a tender for a contract for the design, support with licensing, manufacture and supply of a used nuclear fuel storage system for use at the Almaraz, Ascó, Cofrentes and Vandellós II nuclear power plants. The contract will be worth up to EUR220 ...read more
    • Wed, Jul 28 2021

    Rooppur unit 1 dome installation starts

    The dome of the inner containment shell of unit 1 of the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh is now being installed, Rosatom announced yesterday. The metal structure has a diameter of 44 metres and a weight of 185 tonnes. The operation is being carried out by Trust RosSEM, using a Liebherr heavy crawler crane that has a lifting capacity of 1350 ...read more
    • Wed, Jul 28 2021

    Start-up of Japanese used fuel store delayed

    Recyclable-Fuel Storage Company Ltd (RFS) now expects its interim used fuel storage facility in Mutsu, Aomori prefecture, to begin operating in fiscal year 2023 (ending March 2024). Following several previous delays, the facility - construction of which began in 2010 - had been scheduled to start up later this year. However, the construction of additional ...read more
    • Tue, Jul 27 2021

    Jordan declares uranium plant fully operational

    Jordan has been operating a "pioneering" processing plant to recover yellowcake from uranium ores since the start of the year, the head of the country's Atomic Energy Commission has announced. Khaled Toukan's remarks were reported by state news agency Petra and shared by the Jordanian Uranium Mining Company, operator of the plant. ...read more
    • Tue, Jul 27 2021

    Unions repeat call for nuclear's inclusion in EU taxonomy

    Nuclear energy must be included in a delegated act of the European taxonomy, 18 trade unions in the energy sector from 10 European Union countries have told Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission. In a joint letter, the unions called for "a dialogue with the purpose of nuclear energy to play its full potential and build an economically ...read more
    • Tue, Jul 27 2021

    First steam generator removed from Bruce 6

    The first steam generator has been removed from Bruce unit 6, marking a significant milestone in the Major Component Replacement project. The unit is the first of six which are to be refurbished as part of a programme to secure the operation of the eight-unit site in Ontario until 2064. ...read more
    • Tue, Jul 27 2021

    Viewpoint: Nuclear medicine is crucial for fighting cancer

    The nuclear medicine sector is a small part of the wider nuclear industry, but it provides some of the most pioneering technologies in healthcare - and is close to making personalised medicine a reality. Antonis Kalemis, president of Nuclear Medicine Europe and business manager for molecular imaging at Siemens Healthineers, describes how nuclear medicine ...read more