• Wed, Oct 27 2021

    Chernobyl waste facility nears operation

    Final testing is underway at the facility which will receive, process and dispose of solid radioactive waste from the decommissioning of Chernobyl. "This is a very important event," said the acting director general of Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Valery Seyda. "The last 'long-term construction' at the site is finally moving ...read more
    • Wed, Oct 27 2021

    Yellow Cake to make additional uranium purchases

    London-based Yellow Cake plc has announced plans to buy a further 3 million pounds U3O8 (1154 tU), including 1 million pounds U3O8 from Kazatomprom in addition to that already covered in its option agreement with the Kazakh uranium producer. It also intends to buy some 2 million pounds of material sourced from CGN Global Uranium Limited. ...read more
    • Tue, Oct 26 2021

    Westinghouse micro-reactor feasible option for Canada, study finds

    The eVinci micro-reactor can provide necessary, clean and cost-competitive energy to decentralised, off-grid markets in Canada, a feasibility report prepared by Bruce Power and Westinghouse has found. ...read more
    • Tue, Oct 26 2021

    US Air Force confirms site for first microreactor

    The US Air Force has confirmed the Eielson base in Alaska as the facility planned to host its first small nuclear power plant. A microreactor of up to 5 MWe could be operational there as soon as 2027, according to Eielson. ...read more
    • Tue, Oct 26 2021

    UK government adopts new financing model for nuclear projects

    The Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill, which will use the Regulated Asset Base model to fund future nuclear power stations in the UK, has today been set out by the country's Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng. The new funding model is expected to attract a wider range of private investment into new nuclear power projects, cutting the cost of financing ...read more
    • Tue, Oct 26 2021

    Report highlights nuclear's contribution to SDGs

    Nuclear industry organisations from around the world have today published a report highlighting the contributions made by nuclear towards achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. The report notes nuclear contributes to each of the 17 goals. ...read more
    • Mon, Oct 25 2021

    Mihama 3 offline for completion of terrorism countermeasures

    Kansai Electric Power Company took unit 3 of its Mihama nuclear power plant in Japan's Fukui Prefecture offline on 23 October as it could not meet today's deadline set by regulators to implement antiterrorism measures. The reactor - which was restarted in June - is expected to remain offline for 13 months whilst the measures are completed. ...read more
    • Mon, Oct 25 2021

    Primorsky named as possible nuclear power plant location

    Grid development in Russia's Far East will create more opportunities for nuclear energy, Deputy Energy Minister Yevgeny Grabchak said, noting that plans for a new nuclear power plant in Primorsky are being drawn up. ...read more
    • Mon, Oct 25 2021

    Clean-up set to start at Uzbek legacy uranium sites

    Preparations for the environmental remediation of former uranium mining sites at Yangiabad and Charkesar are set to begin following the signing of a EUR2.0 million (USD2.3 million) grant agreement between the Environmental Remediation Account for Central Asia and the government of Uzbekistan. ...read more
    • Mon, Oct 25 2021

    Installation of containment starts at Chinese SMR

    The steel containment vessel bottom head has been installed for the ACP100 small modular reactor demonstration project at the Changjiang nuclear power plant on China's island province of Hainan. China National Nuclear Corporation said the milestone lays a solid foundation for the subsequent construction of the main structure of what it says will ...read more
    • Fri, Oct 22 2021

    Lightbridge fuel moves closer to irradiation testing

    Lightbridge Ltd has completed work to design an experiment for the irradiation of samples of its metallic fuel material in the Advanced Test Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory. The work was carried out in collaboration with INL under the US Department of Energy's Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear voucher programme and marks a milestone ...read more
    • Fri, Oct 22 2021

    Georgia Power revises Vogtle in-service dates

    Georgia Power has shifted back by three months the schedule for the Vogtle 3 and 4 expansion project, citing the need for extra time to address construction challenges and to allow for comprehensive testing. An in-service date in the third quarter of 2022 is now projected for Vogtle 3, with Vogtle 4's in-service date set for the second quarter of ...read more
    • Fri, Oct 22 2021

    Russian scientists advance in radiation modelling

    Rosatom's scientists have developed a new, highly accurate digital model of the public impacts of radiation releases. They said its results highlight the "conservatism" of nuclear plant design and can enable better economics. ...read more
    • Fri, Oct 22 2021

    Kursk II-1 rises and gets its crane

    Construction has advanced at Russia's Kursk II-1 with the installation of the fourth inner containment ring and the start of work on the polar crane. ...read more
    • Thu, Oct 21 2021

    Limerick to digitalise safety system in US 'first'

    A USD50 million cost-shared award from the US Department of Energy will see Exelon Generation's Limerick plant in Pennsylvania become the first nuclear power station in the USA to upgrade to a fully digital safety system. Control room digitalisation will enable automation, decrease system interruptions, and improve performance, ultimately improving ...read more
    • Thu, Oct 21 2021

    New Bruce Power business to focus on nuclear-complimentary technologies

    Bruce Power has today launched Bruce Power Net Zero Inc to leverage the net-zero generation provided by Bruce's nuclear power plants to enable the company to achieve its own ambition to be net-zero by 2027 and support Ontario and Canada in reaching net-zero by 2050. The new entity is led by Bruce Power Chief Development Officer and EVP Operational ...read more
    • Thu, Oct 21 2021

    Energoatom plans rapid start to AP1000s

    Work on Ukraine's first AP1000 project could begin before the end of this year, the acting president of Energoatom, Petro Kontin, has said. The first project would be completion of Khmelnitsky 4, using unused parts from the cancelled VC Summer project in the USA. ...read more
    • Thu, Oct 21 2021

    Survey shows growing public support for nuclear in France

    For a majority of French people, the nuclear sector is seen as an asset for the country's energy independence, a public opinion poll conducted by research and consulting firm BVA on behalf of Orano has found. The survey also found 53% of French people consider that nuclear power is essential for the country's energy independence. ...read more
    • Thu, Oct 21 2021

    Regulator OKs fix to Flamanville EPR nozzle welds

    France's nuclear safety regulator, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire , has approved EDF's proposed solution for rectifying a design anomaly on three nozzles in the main primary system of the Flamanville EPR reactor. EDF's proposal to install a retaining collar around each of the concerned connections is not expected to delay the planned startup ...read more
    • Wed, Oct 20 2021

    Privatisation to 'make possible' Angra 3 completion

    The Brazilian government's plans to privatise its Eletrobras electricity group have been given a key approval. Its subsidiary Eletronuclear will remain under state control and will have more ability to raise funds and make contracts to complete the third reactor at the Angra nuclear power plant. ...read more
    • Wed, Oct 20 2021

    Pressure vessel in place at Zhangzhou 1

    The reactor pressure vessel has been hoisted into place at unit 1 of the Zhangzhou nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province. Zhangzhou unit 1, the first of two Hualong One units at the site, is scheduled to enter commercial operation in 2024. ...read more
    • Wed, Oct 20 2021

    GEH, BWXT team up to support BWRX-300 deployment

    GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and BWXT Canada have entered into a teaming agreement to cooperate on engineering and procurement to support the design, manufacturing and commercialisation of the BWRX-300 small modular reactor. The BWRX-300 is one of three SMR designs under consideration for deployment at Ontario Power Generation's Darlington site. ...read more
    • Tue, Oct 19 2021

    Large forging made for Akkuyu 3

    Atomenergomash of Russia has forged the bottom part of the reactor pressure vessel for the Akkuyu 3 reactor, construction of which is about to start in Turkey. The impressive dome-shaped steel component weighs about 64 tons. ...read more
    • Tue, Oct 19 2021

    Putin: German nuclear phase out 'does not make any sense'

    Russia has set a target of 2060 to reach net-zero carbon dioxide emissions, President Vladimir Putin has told Russian Energy Week 2021 . Counting nuclear exports as contributing towards global decarbonisation and saying Germany's phase out "does not make any sense", he said that he thinks energy system decisions should be made by experts ...read more
    • Tue, Oct 19 2021

    New isotope initiatives address supply challenges

    Separate domestic and international initiatives to support the development and production of medical radioisotopes have been announced in Canada, Germany, Japan and the USA. These include a federal award of USD35 million to support the commercial production of molybdenum-99 in the USA; a new linear accelerator-based technique for production of actinium ...read more