News 2018


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IAEA Calls On Luxembourg To Increase Independence Of Regulator
21.06.2018 - NucNet News
Luxembourg is committed to strengthening its regulatory framework for radiation safety, but needs to increase the independence of its regulatory body, an International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts said.


Orano Boss Says Brussels Has Not Been ‘Nuclear Positive’
21.06.2018 - NucNet News
Brussels has not been “nuclear-positive” in recent years, but if Europe is serious about taking carbon out of its energy consumption, then nuclear energy needs to be part of the solution together with renewables, Orano chief executive Philippe Knoche said in an interview with Politico.


Support For UAE’s Nuclear Energy Programme Remains Highest In World, Says Enec
20.06.2018 - NucNet News
More than 80% of residents of the United Arab Emirates are in favour of using nuclear energy to generate electricity with 91% saying nuclear energy is important for the nation, according to a national poll.


Turkey To Go Ahead With Third Nuclear Station, Says Erdoğan
20.06.2018 - NucNet News
Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has appeared to confirm that the country is going ahead with plans to build a third nuclear power station.


EU Must Recognise And Reward Long-Term Operation Of Nuclear, Says Foratom
20.06.2018 - NucNet News
European Union energy policy makers should recognise and reward the long-term operation (LTO) of nuclear reactor units because of their role in meeting the EU’s climate goals, Brussels-based nuclear industry group Foratom said.


Turkish Opposition Vows To Cancel Akkuyu And Sinop Nuclear Projects Ahead Of June Elections, Reports Say
15.06.2018 - NucNet News
Turkey’s main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), has pledged in its election bid to cancel the Akkuyu and Sinop nuclear power station projects, reports in Turkish media said.


Nuclear Body Sounds Warning On Premature Shutdowns In France And Calls For ‘Renewal’ Of Nuclear Fleet
14.06.2018 - NucNet News
The premature shutdown of nuclear power units in France would jeopardise the country’s energy security and hamper efforts to reduce carbon emissions, Valérie Faudon, head of the French Nuclear Energy Society (SFEN) told NucNet.


French Regulator Introduces Stricter Manufacturing Controls Following Le Creusot Problems
13.06.2018 - NucNet News
French nuclear regulator ASN has decided to strengthen its oversight of the production process of nuclear equipment and components as a result of the series of manufacturing irregularities, which were detected in 2015 at the Le Creusot forge in central France.


France And Brazil Sign Nuclear Cooperation Agreement
12.06.2018 - NucNet News
Eletrobras Eletronuclear, Brazil’s state-run nuclear operator, and French state-controlled nuclear operator EDF have signed an agreement to cooperate in the promotion of nuclear energy.


Jordan Abandons Nuclear Station Deal With Russia
12.06.2018 - NucNet News
Jordan has scrapped a $10bn (€8.5bn) deal with Russia to build the Middle Eastern kingdom’s first nuclear power station, reports in local media said today.


Japanese Regulator Approves Test Operation For Genkai-4
11.06.2018 - NucNet News
Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) has approved the test operation mode for the Genkai-4 nuclear reactor unit in the southern Saga Prefecture, operator Kyushu Electric Power Company said.


Russia And China Sign Deal For Construction Of Four VVER Units
11.06.2018 - NucNet News
Russia and China have signed two deals for the construction of four Generation III+ VVER-1200 units at the Xudabao and Tianwan sites during Russian president Vladimir Putin’s official visit to Beijing on 8 June 2018, said a statement by Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.


European Policy Makers Choose To Ignore Nuclear Energy, Foratom Director Warns
07.06.2018 - NucNet News
Nuclear seems to be the “elephant in the room” for many decision makers at EU level, Yves Desbazeille, director-general of Brussels-based industry group Foratom, told a nuclear conference in Varna , Bulgaria.


Swiss Regulator Intensified Radwaste Management Research In 2017
05.06.2018 - NucNet News
The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI) intensified its research efforts in 2017 in the field of nuclear safety and radioactive waste management, the organisation said in a statement.


Trump Administration Working On Plans To Preserve US Nuclear Stations, Reports Say
05.06.2018 - NucNet News
The US government is making plans to take “necessary actions” to stop the premature retirement of “fuel-secure” generation capacities, including nuclear and coal power stations, Bloomberg reported quoting a leaked Department of Energy (DOE) draft memo.


UK Government Begins Negotiations On Wylfa Newydd New-Build Project, Energy Minister Says
05.06.2018 - NucNet News
The UK government has started negotiations with Japan-based Hitachi on the planned £20bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station in Wales, energy secretary Greg Clark said in a written statement to parliament yesterday.


Jordan And China Agree To Cooperate On Development Of Uranium Resources
04.06.2018 - NucNet News
The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) and state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) have signed an agreement to cooperate on the development of uranium resources, a statement by the Chinese company said.


German Minister Urges Neighbouring Countries To Follow Nuclear Phaseout Example
04.06.2018 - NucNet News
The German government would like to see neighboring countries follow Germany’s example and phase out “old” nuclear power stations, federal environment minister Svenja Schulze was quoted as saying in a statement on the ministry’s official webpage.


Bulgarian Parliament To Decide On Belene Revival By ‘End Of The Week’, Says Minister
04.06.2018 - NucNet News
The Bulgarian government is expecting a parliamentary decision on the potential revival of the Belene nuclear power station project to be taken by “the end of this week”, energy minister Temenuzhka Petkova told local media.


UK Nuclear Regulator Awards Contract For Post-Brexit IT System
31.05.2018 - NucNet News
The UK’s nuclear safety and security regulator has awarded the contract for delivery of a new IT system necessary for it to establish a domestic safeguards regime after the UK’s withdrawal from the Euratom Treaty.


France’s Emissions Figures Show Need For Nuclear, Says SFEN
31.05.2018 - NucNet News
Greenhouse gas emissions in France have increased for the second consecutive year, underlining the need to devote significant efforts to decarbonising transport and housing and for keeping nuclear energy as an essential part of the country’s energy mix, the French Nuclear Energy Society (SFEN) said, quoting statistics from the Ministry of the Environment.


Japan Announces Ambitious Plans For 20%-22% Nuclear Share By 2030
31.05.2018 - NucNet News
Japan’s government is committed to nuclear power accounting for at least one-fifth of the nation’s electricity supply in fiscal year 2030, calling it an “important baseload energy source”, according to a draft proposal.


China Is On Course To Lead World In Nuclear Energy, Says Report
31.05.2018 - NucNet News
China is on course to lead the world in the deployment of nuclear power technology by 2030 and should it succeed will assume global leadership in nuclear technology development, industrial capacity, and nuclear energy governance, a report said.


Bulgaria Submits Formal Proposal To Revive Belene Nuclear Project
31.05.2018 - NucNet News
Bulgaria’s government submitted a formal proposal to parliament to revive the Belene nuclear power station project, abandoned in 2012 because of concerns over its financial viability.


Foratom Boss: EU Is In Danger Of Overlooking The Long-Term Benefits Of Nuclear
31.05.2018 - NucNet News
Nuclear energy provides almost one-third of the EU’s electricity, but there is a real danger that policymakers are ignoring its attributes as a reliable, low-carbon energy source that can work alongside renewables, said Yves Desbazeille, director-general of industry group Foratom.


EU And Iran Outline Joint Progress On Nuclear Deal
31.05.2018 - NucNet News
Significant progress has been made between the European Union and Iran since the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2016, a joint statement said.


UK Nuclear Industry Welcomes PM’s Plan To Seek Euratom Associate Status
31.05.2018 - NucNet News
The UK’s nuclear energy industry welcomed confirmation by prime minister Theresa May that the government intends to seek associate status to Euratom R&D programmes.


French Regulator Identifies Key Areas For Nuclear Research
23.05.2018 - NucNet News

Nuclear regulator ASN has identified a number of key research topics in nuclear safety and radiation protection it believes France should focus on in the coming years.


Nuclear Most Be Part Of Spain’s Energy Transition, Says Industry Group
23.05.2018 - NucNet News

Nuclear power must be part of Spain’s planned transition to low-carbon energy sources because it operates the highest number of hours, produces the most electricity and helps the most to avoid polluting emissions, the Madrid based industry group Foro Nuclear said today.


Poland Edges Closer To Nuclear As Ministry Adopts Updated Plan
23.05.2018 - NucNet News

The Polish energy ministry has adopted a long-pending update of the country’s nuclear power programme and the document is expected to be forwarded to the cabinet within two months, Jozef Sobolewski, director of the ministry’s nuclear energy department, told reporters.


World Needs To Get Serious About Nuclear Energy, Says US DOE Official
23.05.2018 - NucNet News
If the world is serious about reducing emissions and improving economies, governments must consider all options when it comes to carbon-free power, including clean, reliable nuclear energy, Dan Brouillette, deputy secretary of the US Department of Energy, said.


EU And Iran Outline Joint Progress On Nuclear Deal
21.05.2018 - NucNet News

Significant progress has been made between the European Union and Iran since the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2016, a joint statement said.


Russia’s Floating Nuclear Plant Arrives In Murmansk For Fuelling
21.05.2018 - NucNet News

Russia’s first commercial floating nuclear power station, the Akademik Lomonosov, has arrived in the port city of Murmansk in the far northwest of Russia where it will be loaded with nuclear fuel, state nuclear corporation Rosatom said.


Czech Republic Has Postponed Decision On New Nuclear, Say Reports
18.05.2018 - NucNet News

The Czech government has postponed a decision on building new nuclear units, saying it needed more time to evaluate the impact on its budget and find out EU views on state aid for such a project, reports said today.

Bulgaria Submits Formal Proposal To Revive Belene Nuclear Project

17.05.2018 - NucNet News
Bulgaria’s government has submitted a formal proposal to parliament to revive the Belene nuclear power station project, abandoned in 2012 because of concerns over its financial viability.


Russia And Sudan Sign Nuclear Education And Training Agreement
16.05.2018 - NucNet News

Russia and Sudan have signed an agreement to cooperate on education and training as the African country lays the groundwork for a possible move into commercial nuclear energy generation.


Russia Signs General Contract For Zambia’s First Nuclear Research Facility
16.05.2018 - NucNet News

Russia and Zambia have signed a general contract for the construction of a centre for nuclear science and technology in the African country that will include a research reactor and nuclear medicine facility.


Japan Announces Ambitious Plans For 20%-22% Nuclear Share By 2030
16.05.2018 - NucNet News

Japan’s government is committed to nuclear power accounting for at least one-fifth of the nation’s electricity supply in fiscal year 2030, calling it an “important baseload energy source”, according to a draft proposal.


Foratom Boss: EU Is In Danger Of Overlooking The Long-Term Benefits Of Nuclear
17.05.2018 - NucNet News
Nuclear energy provides almost one-third of the EU’s electricity, but there is a real danger that policymakers are ignoring its attributes as a reliable, low-carbon energy source that can work alongside renewables, says Yves Desbazeille, director-general of industry group Foratom.


China Is On Course To Lead World In Nuclear Energy, Says Report
17.05.2018 - NucNet News

China is on course to lead the world in the deployment of nuclear power technology by 2030 and should it succeed, China will assume global leadership in nuclear technology development, industrial capacity, and nuclear energy governance, a report says.


China And Uganda Sign Nuclear Cooperation Agreement
15.05.2018 - NucNet News

State-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) and the Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development have signed an agreement to cooperate in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, the Chinese company said in a statement


Ultimate Responsibility For Nuclear Plant Safety Must Be With Operators, Says WANO Chairman
14.05.2018 - NucNet News
Key conditions for developing the nuclear industry include public acceptance and a high level of safety, with operators of nuclear power plants ultimately responsible for safety, the chairman of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) said today.


Bulgaria Mulls Reviving Stalled Belene Project As China Confirms Investment Interest
14.05.2018 - NucNet News

State-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has confirmed its interest in investing in Bulgaria’s stalled two-unit Belene nuclear power project, a statement by the Bulgarian energy ministry said.


TVA Completes Work To Protect Nuclear Stations From Tennessee River Floods
10.05.2018 - NucNet News
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has completed a multi-year series of major construction works to protect the Sequoyah and Watts Bar nuclear stations in Tennessee from the most extreme of weather events.


Nuclear And Renewables Both Essential For Japan Energy Mix, Says Jaif Chairman
09.05.2018 - NucNet News

Renewable and nuclear energy are both essential for Japan to benefit from an inexpensive, stable supply of electricity while tackling global warming, Japan Atomic Industrial Forum chairman Takashi Imai told the industry group’s annual conference in Tokyo.


US And Mexico Sign Nuclear Cooperation Agreement
08.05.2018 - NucNet News

The US and Mexico have signed an agreement to cooperate in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, the Mexican foreign ministry said in a statement.


Europe Needs To Recognise Flexibility Of Nuclear, Says Foratom
07.05.2018 - NucNet News

European Union energy policy should take account of the flexibility nuclear power could provide alongside intermittent renewables for the bloc’s electricity system, the Brussels-based nuclear industry group Foratom has said.




GMF NEWS


ENWD - GMF Meeting 2018

The ENWD -GMF meeting was held in Dessel on the 11th and 12th of April.

 


On the occasion of the meeting, on April 11 there were two meetings in the European Parliament attended by both the GMF Presidium and the members of the United Kingdom with the aim of working on the development of European energy policies.

The first meeting was with Mr. Jerzy Buzek, Chairman of the Chair of ITRE Committee, in which, in addition to deepening on energy policy issues, the GMF members emphasized the importance of giving value to the local world in the decision-making process in the matter of nuclear energy.

The meeting was then held with Mr. Johannes Luchner, Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)- Unit A “Emergency Preparedness and Security”,  with the aim of working on the development and improvement of nuclear emergency plans.
 
At the end, the participants of the ENWD-GMF went to Dessel, where Kris Van Dijck, Mayor of Dessel, gave them an introduction to the municipality and the projects that take place there.
 
See the presentations:

Municipality of Dessel. Local participation in radioactive waste management
Future energy supply in Belgium
STORA, your eyes and ears

  

Technical Visit



On April 12, the technical visit to SCK·CEN (Nuclear Studie Center in Mol on the border with Dessel) began with a presentation of the Myrrha project by its Director, Mr. Hamid Aït Abderrahim.

  See the presentation


Participants to the technical visit to SCK·CEN.



IAEA Begins Work On New Guidance Document On New-Build Costs
03.05.2018 - NucNet News
The International Atomic Energy Agency has begun work on a new guidance document on calculating the costs of new nuclear plants.


Nuclear’s Global Share Could Increase By 5% By 2040, Says Report
02.05.2018 - NucNet News
Nuclear energy could have a 15% share of the global energy mix by 2040 – an increase of around 5% – with power generation “all but decarbonised” and renewables providing more than 60% of supply, says a new report from five international agencies.


UK And US Behind Rest Of World On Nuclear New-Build Cost Reduction, Concludes Report
02.05.2018 - NucNet News

There is strong evidence from projects outside Europe and the US that cost reductions of around 35% can be made to nuclear new build projects in the UK, a new report says.


Belgium Approves Energy Strategy That Includes Nuclear Phaseout By 2025
30.04.2018 - NucNet News

The Belgian government approved a new energy strategy that will see the country phase out its fleet of seven commercial nuclear plants between 2022 and 2025.


UK Could Make Cost Reductions Of 35% On New Nuclear, Says Report
30.04.2018 - NucNet News

There is strong evidence from projects outside Europe and the US that cost reductions of around 35% can be made to nuclear new build projects in the UK, a report published today says.


IAEA Underlines Importance Of Sharing Experience On Nuclear Safety
27.04.2018 - NucNet News
The sharing of both regulatory and operating experience is crucial for the improvement of nuclear safety practices in the nuclear industry, although additional steps are needed to improve the sharing of regulatory experience, the International Atomic Energy Agency has said.


Chernobyl Shelter To Begin Full Operation In December, Says Ukraine President
27.04.2018 - NucNet News
Chernobyl’s New Safe Confinement (NSC) shelter, designed to enclose a previous makeshift shelter that was hastily assembled immediately after the 1986 accident, will begin full operation in December, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said.


Fukushima Sees Recovery In Exports Of Agricultural Products, Says Jaif
26.04.2018 - NucNet News
About 210 tonnes of agricultural products produced in the Japanese prefecture of Fukushima were exported in fiscal year 2017, the largest volume since FY05, when the prefecture began compiling statistics, the Tokyo-based Japan Atomic Industrial Forum said.


State Backing Means China Can Absorb Risks Of New Nuclear, Says Report
24.04.2018 - NucNet News
China is fast-tracking the development of Generation III and III+ nuclear power plants, a situation that reflects the “sheer size” of state players that have abundant capital and the ability to absorb risks, the China Nuclear Energy Association (CNEA) said in a report published on 23 April 2018.


Bulgaria And Belene: A Question Of Financing On Long Road To New Nuclear
23.04.2018 - NucNet News
Bulgaria’s energy ministry was recently asked by the country’s parliament to present by the end of June 2018 a number of concrete options for the realisation of the two-unit Belene nuclear power station – a project that dates back almost 40 years, on which Bulgaria is already said to have spent €1.5bn, and which was formally abandoned in 2012 largely over uncertainties about how to finance it.


Large-Scale Nuclear Plants ‘Not Viable’ In Today’s US Markets, Says Exelon
20.04.2018 - NucNet News
New, large-scale nuclear plants are not viable in today’s US competitive markets, where even existing nuclear plants are challenged due to the failure of these markets to value resiliency and environmental benefits, nuclear operator Exelon Corporation said on 19 April 2018.


Japan Must Take Advantage Of Nuclear Energy’s Benefits, Says JAEC Chairman
20.04.2018 - NucNet News
Japan must define long-term policies to take advantage of the benefits of nuclear energy, particularly related to the slowing down of global warming, the chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, Yoshiaka Oka said on 19 April 2018.


Uzbekistan Hopes To Sign Agreement For Russia-Supplied Nuclear Station This Year
19.04.2018 - NucNet News
Uzbekistan expects this year to sign an agreement with Russia on the construction of a nuclear power station, Uzbek president Shavkat Mirziyoyev said, according to Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.


Commission Has Failed To Pinpoint Source Of Ru-106 Leak, Says Sweden’s SSM
16.04.2018 - NucNet News
A second meeting of a commission set up to investigate increased concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 (Ru-106) in the atmosphere in Europe and Russia last year has been unable to confirm a source of the emissions, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) said today.


New Jersey Passes Legislation To Compensate Nuclear Power Plants
13.04.2018 - NucNet News
Faced with the potential closure of the Hope Creek and Salem nuclear power stations, the New Jersey Senate and Assembly passed bills to compensate the facilities for producing carbon-free electricity, he Washington-based Nuclear Energy Institute said.


Electricity Prices Should Take All External Factors Into Account, Says NEA
13.04.2018 - NucNet News
The price of electricity in today’s markets does not accurately reflect the cost of electricity on society and the environment, and as a result, decisions regarding supply and future planning fail to include all of the factors needed to ensure reliable electricity supply, a report by the Nuclear Energy Agency says.


Three Quarters Of Russians In Favour Of Nuclear Power, Poll Shows
12.04.2018 - NucNet News
A poll in Russia has shown that almost three in four Russians have a favourable opinion of nuclear power, said Russian state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom.


Russia Planning 13 More Nuclear Reactors By 2024, Says Rosenergoatom Boss
09.04.2018 - NucNet News
Russia is planning to commission 13 nuclear power plants by 2024, in addition to the five that are already under construction, the director-general of state nuclear operator Rosenergoatom Andrei Petrov said.


Lithuania Nuclear Facilities Operated Safely In 2017, Says Regulator
09.04.2018 - NucNet News
Nuclear facilities in Lithuania operated safely during 2017 with no serious process failures in either operation or decommissioning, the country’s regulator said on 9 April 2018.


NEI Says Concrete Action Needed To Help US Nuclear Industry
09.04.2018 - NucNet News
A think-tank report which concluded the US nuclear industry is facing a crisis shows the need for the administration and Congress to support American commercial nuclear exports through concrete action, the Washington-based Nuclear Energy Industry said.


UAE Expands Nuclear Cooperation With South Korea
 
06.04.2018 - NucNet News
The company building the Barakah nuclear power station in the United Arab Emirates has signed three agreements with South Korean companies, expanding cooperation in the nuclear energy industry between the UAE and the Asian country.


Russian Ambassador Says Philippines Nuclear Project Is ‘Beyond Revival’
04.04.2018 - NucNet News
Russian ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev said the abandoned Bataan nuclear power station project north of Manila is beyond revival, CNN Philippines reported.


Belgium Approves Energy Strategy That Includes Nuclear Phaseout By 2025
03.04.2018 - NucNet News
The Belgian government has approved a new energy strategy that will see the country phase out its fleet of seven commercial nuclear plants between 2022 and 2025.


France And India Sign Industrial Agreement On Six EPRs At Jaitapur
29.03.2018 - NucNet News
French state-controlled power group EDF signed an industrial agreement with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) for the eventual deployment of six EPR units at the Jaitapur site in western India.


Special Report: Poland Faces Delays And Decisions As It Makes Ambitious Plans To Go Nuclear
29.03.2018 - NucNet News
Poland has drawn up ambitious plans to build up to 6 GW of nuclear generating capacity, potentially at two sites, by the late 2030s or early 2040s


Brexit: UK Making ‘Good Progress’ On New Safeguards Agreements With IAEA
29.03.2018 - NucNet News
The UK has made good progress in negotiations for new safeguards agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency to replace existing agreements between UK, the IAEA and Euratom following the UKs departure from the European Union, the government said.


Japan Ministry Endorses Recommendation For 20-22% Nuclear Share
23.03.2018 - NucNet News
Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has approved expert committee conclusions calling for nuclear energy to make up 20% to 22% of Japan’s energy mix until fiscal year 2030 in the next revision of the country's basic energy plan, local media reported.


Brexit: UK Making ‘Good Progress’ On New Safeguards Agreements With IAEA
27.03.2018 -
NucNet News
The UK has made good progress in negotiations for new safeguards agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency to replace existing agreements between UK, the IAEA and Euratom following the UKs departure from the European Union, the government said in a statement on 26 March 2018.


French Nuclear Security Regime Is Robust And Well-Established, Says IAEA
23.03.2018 -
NucNet News
The nuclear security regime in France is robust and well-established, and incorporates the fundamental principles of the amended Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, an International Atomic Energy Agency team said.


Brexit: UK Gov’t Suffers Defeats In Upper House Over Withdrawal from Euratom
22.03.2018 -
NucNet News
The UK government has been defeated twice in the House of Lords over its plans for nuclear cooperation with the EU after Brexit.


Poland Faces Delays And Decisions As It Makes Ambitious Plans To Go Nuclear
22.03.2018 -
NucNet News
Poland has drawn up ambitious plans to build up to 6 GW of nuclear generating capacity, potentially at two sites, by the late 2030s or early 2040s. But the government is yet to take a final decision and the deadline has pushed back several times, with plans hampered by changes in government, problems putting in place the right domestic legislation and the need to find the right financing model.


IAEA Team Assesses Occupational Radioprotection In Panama
20.03.2018 -
NucNet News
A six-member International Atomic Energy Agency-led team spent five days in Panama assessing occupational radiation protection at industrial and medical facilities against recommendations in IAEA safety standards.


Nuclear Energy Of Increased Interest To Sri Lanka, Says IAEA
20.03.2018 -
NucNet News
Nuclear energy is an area of increased interest to Sri Lanka and the inclusion of nuclear power as a possible option for electricity generation by 2030 is a key element in the country’s long-term generation expansion plan until 2034, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on 20 March 2018.


IAEA Praises Ecuador’s Efforts To Improve Nuclear Security Regime
20.03.2018 -
NucNet News
Ecuador is making efforts towards improving its nuclear security regime against the theft, sabotage or unauthorised use of nuclear material, an International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts said after completing a nuclear security advisory mission to the country.


US Regulator Says Russian Cyberattacks Did Not Compromise Nuclear Plants
19.03.2018 -
NucNet News
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on 16 March 2018 that Russian cyberattacks aimed at the US power grid last year did not compromise operations at any nuclear power plants.


China Interested In Investing In Bulgaria’s Stalled Belene Project, Says Energy Minister
19.03.2018 -
NucNet News
State-owned China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) has expressed an interest in investing in Bulgaria’s stalled two-unit Belene nuclear power project, energy minister Temenuzhka Petkova said on 16 March 2018.


Westinghouse Completes Decommissioning Project At Sweden’s Barseback
16.03.2018 -
NucNet News
US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has completed a decommissioning project at the Barseback nuclear power station in Sweden that included the underwater segmentation and packaging of the reactor vessel internals.


UK Regulator Says Improvements Are Needed In Hinkley Point C Supply Chain
16.03.2018 -
NucNet News
The UK’s nuclear regulator has identified five key areas of supply chain management where improvements are needed ahead of acceleration in both construction and manufacturing for the Hinkley Point C EPR project in Somerset, England.


IAEA Releases Latest Edition Of Country Nuclear Power Profiles
15.03.2018 -
NucNet News
The International Nuclear Energy Agency has released its annual edition of the Country Nuclear Power Profiles (CNPP), documenting the status and development of nuclear power programmes worldwide as of the end of 2017.


Q&A: MIT And Its Big Push For Fusion Energy
12.03.2018 -
NucNet News
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced plans to work with a newly formed private company, Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), to realise the promise of fusion as a source of unlimited, safe, carbon-free energy. Zach Hartwig, an assistant professor of nuclear science and engineering, is one of MIT’s leads on the project, along with others in MIT’s Plasma Fusion and Science Centre. He spoke about the group’s vision for a fusion-powered future.


IAEA Told Of Progress With Fukushima Decontamination
09.03.2018 -
NucNet News
Significant progresses has been made with the remediation of off-site areas around the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station with decontamination activities playing an important role in the reduction of air dose rates, a series of meetings between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Japan’s Ministry of the Environment was told.


Nuclear Fusion On Brink Of Being Realised, Say MIT Scientists
09.03.2018 -
NucNet News
The dream of nuclear fusion is on the brink of being realised, according to a new US initiative that says it will put fusion power on the grid within 15 years.


Brexit: UK Has Made Substantial Progress On Key Euratom Talks, Says Minister
09.03.2018 -
NucNet News
The government has made substantial progress in talks with key international partners to have new bilateral nuclear cooperation agreements and ensure that arrangements are in place for continuity for the nuclear sector when the UK leaves Euratom, the minister for business and energy has said.


France Releases Report On ‘Significant Events’ At Civil Nuclear Facilities
08.03.2018 -
NucNet News
A report made public today by IRSN, the technical arm of French nuclear regulator ASN, shows there were 233 significant events in civil nuclear facilities reported to ASN in 2015 and 218 reported in 2016. The report is published every two years.


India Plans Tenfold Increase In Uranium Production To Meet Ambitious Nuclear Plans
08.03.2018 -
NucNet News
India is planning a tenfold increase in uranium production over the next 15 years as it implements plans to increase its nuclear share of electricity production from around 3% today to 25% in 2050, minister of state Jitendra Singh told the country’s parliament in a written statement on 7 March 2018.


Canada’s Regulator Publishes Report On Use Of Nuclear Substances
07.03.2018 -
NucNet News
The use of nuclear substances in Canada is safe and licensees have made adequate provisions for the protection of the health, safety and security of people and the environment, an annual report by the regulator says.


Luxembourg Backs Austria In Legal Challenge Against Hungary’s Paks
06.03.2018 -
NucNet News
Luxembourg is supporting Austria in its legal challenge against the European Commission over a planned expansion to the Paks nuclear power station in Hungary, the environment ministers of both countries announced on 5 March 2018.


IAEA Praises Regulatory Progress In Georgia, But Highlights Challenges
02.03.2018 -
NucNet News
Georgia has made significant progress in strengthening its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety, but faces challenges in the coming years including the need to develop competencies for safety professionals, separate the roles of the regulatory body and the operator of radioactive waste facilities, and define a plan for radioactive waste disposal, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said.



Spain’s Enresa To Use Drones For Measuring Radiation At José Cabrera
02.03.2018 -
NucNet News
Enresa, Spain’s national agency in charge of radioactive waste management and the decommissioning of nuclear sites, is to use drones for the first time in Spain for measuring radioactivity during the dismantling of the José Cabrera-1 nuclear reactor unit, Spanish industry group Foro Nuclear said.


EU Energy Committee Backs Key Market Reform On Capacity Mechanisms
28.02.2018 -
NucNet News
MEPs in the European Parliament’s energy committee backed key reforms to the European internal electricity market including stricter rules for capacity mechanisms that have been used to keep power stations on standby for use in emergencies – including to fill potential gaps in nuclear baseload generation.


Austria Begins Legal Action Against EC Over Hungary’s Paks Nuclear Project
28.02.2018 -
NucNet News
Austria filed a legal complaint against the European Commission with the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg for allowing Hungary to expand its Paks nuclear power station.


Foratom Says More Could Be Done To Improve EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme
28.02.2018 -
NucNet News
Brussels-based nuclear industry group Foratom has welcomed reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) for its next phase from 2021 to 2030, but said more should be done if the EU wants to restore confidence in the system as its main method of decarbonising the economy in an affordable way.


Austria Begins Legal Action Against EC Over Hungary’s Paks Nuclear Project
26.02.2018 -
NucNet News
Austria has filed a legal complaint against the European Commission with the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg for allowing Hungary to expand its Paks nuclear power station.


Brexit: UK Nuclear Industry Welcomes Opposition Party’s Commitment To Euratom
26.02.2018 -
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The UK nuclear industry has welcomed comments in a speech by opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn that after Brexit he would want the country to remain a member of Euratom, the treaty which governs the use of nuclear energy and nuclear materials in the EU.


China Could Become Dominant Nuclear Producer Within 20 Years, Says IEA Head
22.02.2018 -
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China is set to more than triple its nuclear energy capacity over the next 20 years, overtaking the US to become the world’s largest nuclear power producer, according to the International Energy Agency.


EU Energy Committee Backs Key Market Reform On Capacity Mechanisms
21.02.2018 -
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MEPs in the European Parliament’s energy committee today backed key reforms to the European internal electricity market including stricter rules for capacity mechanisms that have been used to keep power stations on standby for use in emergencies – including to fill potential gaps in nuclear baseload generation.


IAEA Announces Expansion Of International Cooperation On SMR Technology
16.02.2018 -
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The International Atomic Energy Agency is launching an effort to expand international cooperation and coordination in the design, development and deployment of small, medium sized or modular reactors (SMRs), which are among “the most promising emerging technologies in nuclear power”, the agency said on 16 February 2017.


US Regulator Publishes Updated Strategic Plan Until 2022
14.02.2018 -
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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has published its updated strategic plan for fiscal years 2018-2022.


US Congress Extends Nuclear Production Tax-Credit Law
12.02.2018 -
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The US Congress has passed a budget bill that extends the nuclear production tax-credit (PTC), which will apply to new nuclear power plants coming into service after 31 December 2020, Washington-based Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) said.


US Nuclear Industry Calls For ‘Tangible’ Support Signals From Lawmakers
07.02.2018 -
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The US nuclear power industry is “at crossroads” and urgently needs “tangible signals” from Congress that it values nuclear power, Maria Korsnick, president and chief executive officer of the Washington-based Nuclear Energy Institute, told a committee of House lawmakers yesterday.


Belgium, Germany, Netherlands Should Improve Cross-Border Cooperation On Accident Preparedness
06.02.2018 -
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The Netherlands needs to improve cooperation with neighbouring Belgium and Germany to be properly prepared for a nuclear accident with cross-border consequences, according to a new report by the Dutch Safety Board (DSB)


US Lawmakers To Begin Discussion On Future Of Nuclear Energy
05.02.2018 -
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US government and private-sector nuclear energy officials will discuss the future of the industry with House lawmakers this week.


International Commission Begins Work On Finding Source Of Ru-106 Leak
05.02.2018 -
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An international commission established by Russia to investigate high levels of the radioactive substance ruthenium-106 (Ru-106) in several European countries in the autumn of 2017, has held its first meeting, the Swedish radiation safety authority SSM said on 5 February 2018.


Report Urges Long-Term Power Agreements For SMRs At US Federal Sites
02.02.2018 -
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A study funded by the US Department of Energy recommends that federal agencies such as the DOE and the Defence Department be allowed to enter into 30-year power purchase agreements with utility operators of small modular reactors (SMRs).


France Has Comprehensive Commitment To Waste Management, Says IAEA
01.02.2018 -
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France has demonstrated “a comprehensive commitment” to nuclear safety with a responsible approach to the management of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said.


Europe Needs Nuclear For Climate Change And Energy Security, Says Foratom DG
31.01.2018 -
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Nuclear energy contributes to the European Union’s three key energy objectives laid out in the bloc’s energy union initiative of security of supply, competitiveness and environmental sustainability, Yves Desbazeille, director-general of industry group Foratom, told journalists in Brussels on 29 January 2018.


UK Climate Committee Says Contingency Plans Are Needed For Delays To New Nuclear
31.01.2018 -
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The UK government should put in place a “monitoring and contingency scheme” to identify risks relating to the delivery of new nuclear stations and, in the event that new-build is delayed, allow for additional low-carbon generation to be contracted, a Committee on Climate Change report said. 


Government Report Warns Of ‘Significant Challenges’ For UK’s Nuclear Industry
31.01.2018 -
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Significant challenges remain to be overcome for the UK’s civilian nuclear power industry, including the remediation of high-hazard facilities at the Sellafield nuclear site and decommissioning the country’s fleet of shutdown Magnox nuclear power plants, a government report said.


UK Energy Minister Outlines Progress And Plans For Withdrawal from Euratom
31.01.2018 -
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The UK is aiming for continuity with existing Euratom arrangements and wants to include Euratom in any implementation period agreed as part of wider discussions on Brexit, energy secretary Greg Clark said in a written statement to parliament.


Austria Announces Plans To Sue EC Over Hungary’s Paks Expansion Project
31.01.2018 -
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Austria announced that it plans to sue the European Commission at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg for allowing Hungary to expand its Paks nuclear power station.


France’s IRSN Publishes Technical Reports On Nuclear Plant Safety
30.01.2018 -
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IRSN, the technical arm of French nuclear regulator ASN, has published reports in French and English on digital instrumentation and control (I&C) in nuclear plants, and accident situations in water-cooled nuclear plants.


Brexit: UK Must Ensure ‘It Can Participate In Iter’
29.01.2018 -
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The UK must look to maintain the post-Brexit viability of the Joint European Torus (JET) and ensure that the country is able to participate in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) despite its withdrawal from Euratom, a report published today says.

Failure To Replace Euratom Provisions ‘Could Have Severe Consequences’ For UK
29.01.2018 - NucNet News
The Euratom Treaty is vital to the functioning of nuclear energy generation in the UK and failure to replace its provisions by the point of Brexit could result in the UK being unable to import nuclear materials, and have severe consequences for the UK’s energy security, says a parliamentary report published today.


Brexit Threat To Workers Puts New Nuclear Plants In Doubt, Says Lords Report
29.01.2018 -
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The UK’s ability to build future nuclear power stations, including Hinkley Point C in Somerset, is in doubt if access to specialist EU workers is curtailed, warns a parliamentary report on Brexit published today.


House Of Lords Brexit Report Calls On UK To Negotiate ‘Euratom-Specific’ Transition Period
29.01.2018 -
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A House of Lords committee has called on the UK government to report to Parliament on the possibility of a Euratom-specific transition period separate from the wider Brexit process.


Industry White Paper Urges Regulator To Streamline Advanced Reactor Licensing
26.01.2018 -
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In a white paper published this week the US nuclear industry has set out a number of recommendations about how the regulator can streamline licensing of advanced reactors to ensure the country’s leadership in nuclear energy. Swedish Court Calls For Further Investigation Of ‘Uncertainties’ About Repository Disposal Canisters


Swedish Court Calls For Further Investigation Of ‘Uncertainties’ About Repository Disposal Canisters
25.01.2018 -
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Sweden’s Land and Environment Court has told the government that plans for a deep geologic repository for spent nuclear fuel should only be allowed to go ahead if “remaining uncertainties” about copper disposal canisters are investigated.


UK To Offer £1 Million A Year To Communities In Bid To Find Repository Site
25.01.2018 -
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Communities around England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be offered £1m a year to volunteer to host a deep geologic disposal facility for thousands of years, as part of a revised government programme.


Work On Nuclear Laboratory Renovation Has ‘Advanced Significantly’, Says IAEA
24.01.2018 -
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Contributions to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s nuclear laboratory renovation project totalled €8.7m ($10.7m) in 2017, allowing work to “advance significantly”, the agency said.


The Nuclear Option: Can This Be Africa’s Energy Future?
24.01.2018 -
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Uranium first left Africa’s shores for wealthier nations in the 1940s, when the US shipped 30,000 tonnes of it from the Shinkolobwe mine in Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of Congo to be used in the first atomic bombs. In return, the US helped the DRC build Africa’s first nuclear reactor – a research unit at the University of Kinshasa – in 1958.


Regulator Recommends Approval Of Swedish Encapsulation And Repository Plans
23.01.2018 -
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The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, or SSM, said today it has recommended the approval of plans to build an encapsulation facility and a final repository for spent nuclear fuel.


Poland Close To Finalising Financial Model For First Nuclear Project, Says Minister
19.01.2018 -
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The Polish government is “quite close” to finalising the financial model to be used for the construction of the country’s first nuclear power station, energy minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski was quoted by the state-owned Polish Press Agency (PAP) as saying.


US Nuclear Industry Faces Watershed Year, Says NEI Vice-President
19.01.2018 -
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The US nuclear industry faces “a watershed year” as it fights to keep existing nuclear power plants open, completes plans to build new ones and helps pave the way for the introduction of advanced reactor technology, a Nuclear Energy Institute official said.


Industry Urged To Examine Mental Health Consequences Of Nuclear Accidents
16.01.2018 - NucNet News
The nuclear industry should examine what can be learnt from toxic disasters so it can improve the way it deals with the mental health consequences of a nuclear incident, a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency says.


Euratom: Industry Softens Stance As Government Lays Out Plans For Transition
15.01.2018 - NucNet News
The UK’s nuclear industry has welcomed a government commitment to continuity with existing arrangements with Euratom, Europe’s nuclear safety and research watchdog, a softening of its earlier stance that the UK needed to stay in the group to protect vital nuclear research and new-build projects, and to make sure access to nuclear fuel and medical isotopes is not disrupted.


UK Regulator Announces ‘Significant Recent Progress’ At Sellafield
15.01.2018 -
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Significant recent progress has been made at three Sellafield projects that have been subject to increased regulatory attention, the UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation said on 12 January 2018.


NEI Urges Prompt Action On Market Reform In Wake of FERC Rejection
12.01.2018 -
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The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision not to adopt a proposal that would have required markets to compensate “fuel-secure” baseload electricity generation was a “missed opportunity” to support nuclear plants whose attributes, including resiliency and reliability and which are not being fairly valued in the market, the nuclear industry has said.


Swedish Regulator To Announce Nuclear Repository Decision By End Of January 
12.01.2018 - NucNet News
The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, or SSM, expects to make a final decision on plans to develop an encapsulation facility and final repository for spent nuclear fuel on 23 January 2018.


UK Energy Minister Outlines Progress And Plans For Withdrawal from Euratom
12.01.2018 - NucNet News
The UK is aiming for continuity with existing Euratom arrangements and wants to include Euratom in any implementation period agreed as part of wider discussions on Brexit, energy secretary Greg Clark said in a written statement to parliament on 11 January 2018.


Spain’s Nuclear Reactors Lead Electricity Generation With More Than 21%
08.01.2018 - NucNet News
Spain’s seven commercial nuclear reactors produced 55.6 TWh of electricity in 2017, making nuclear the energy source that contributed most to the country’s electric system, the Madrid-based industry group Foro Nuclear said on 8 January 2017.
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