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IAEA Praises Improvements To Estonia’s Regulatory Framework
11.04.2019 - NucNet News
Estonia has strengthened its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety since 2016 but can make further improvements by providing sustainable radiation safety education and training, and improving safety leadership, an International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts said.


Post-Fukushima Action Plans For Belgian Nuclear Facilities Close To Completion
11.04.2019 - NucNet News
Utility Engie Electrabel has finalised more than 99% of its post-Fukushima action plan with the construction of a new operational centre at the Tihange nuclear power station the last task to be completed, the Belgian regulator has said.


Operator Of Romania’s Cernavodă Has Strengthened Safety, Says IAEA
11.04.2019 - NucNet News
The operator of Romania’s Cernavodă nuclear power station has strengthened operational safety by addressing the findings of an initial review in 2016, an International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts said.


Support For New Nuclear Has Increased In Poland, Survey Says
07.04.2019 - NucNet News

Sixty-nine percent of residents living near proposed sites for nuclear power plants in Poland support their construction, up from 67% last year, according to a survey by PGE EJ1, the state-owned entity in charge of developing the country’s first nuclear power project.


Finland's long-delayed Olkiluoto three nuclear reactor granted operating licence
06.04.2019 - Reuters
Finland’s government has issued an operating permit for the long-delayed Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment said on Thursday, one of the final requirements to allow the plant to start up in 2020.

Finland Wants EU To Aim For Zero Carbon Footprint By 2050
05.04.2019 - NucNet News

Finland wants the European Union to agree to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050, the country’s environment minister Kimmo Tiilikainen said on Monday as the bloc’s ministers met to discuss a climate protection plan.


Nuclear Will Continue To Grow, But Less Rapidly, Says BP Energy Outlook
28.02.2019 - NucNet News
Nuclear generation will continue to grow until 2040, although less rapidly than overall power generation, with its share of overall power generation declining, the latest edition of BP’s Energy Outlook report said.


European Financing Initiative Should Not Exclude Nuclear, Says Foratom
28.02.2019 - NucNet News

A European initiative which covers the financing of investments based on environmental, social and governance considerations should refer to low-carbon technologies as a whole to bring it in line with the European Commission’s belief that Europe’s 2050 carbon-free power system will be composed of two low-carbon sources: renewables and nuclear, Brussels-based industry group Foratom said.


EC Sees Role For ‘Stable Nuclear’ In 2050 Electricity Mix, Commissioner Tells Conference
28.02.2019 - NucNet News

The European Commission expects a “stable share of nuclear” in what would be a renewables-dominated European electricity mix by 2050, EU climate action and energy commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete told a conference in Brussels.


‘No Obstacles’ To Granting Operating Licence For Finland’s Olkiluoto-3, Regulator Tells Government
27.02.2019 - NucNet News

Finland’s nuclear regulator Stuk has told the government that the Olkiluoto-3 nuclear power plant being built for Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) is safe and that it sees no obstacles to an operating licence being granted for the facility.


French Regulator Puts Back Deadline For Emergency Diesel Generator Installation
27.02.2019 - NucNet News

France’s nuclear regulator ASN has put back the deadline for the installation of additional backup emergency diesel generators at the country’s fleet of commercial nuclear power plants by two years from 31 December 2018 to 31 December 2020.


Swedish Regulator Highlights Radiation Safety Projects In Eastern Europe
26.02.2019 - NucNet News

Sweden’s nuclear regulator SSM was involved in 50 radiation safety projects in 2018 in Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Belarus and Moldova.


Romania Still Planning For New Nuclear, Says Energy Plan
26.02.2019 - NucNet News

Romania is planning to develop energy production capacity with low greenhouse gas emissions, including new nuclear power plants, the government has said in its draft national energy and climate plan.


New Nuclear Will Increase Bulgaria’s Energy Security, Says Energy Plan
26.02.2019 - NucNet News

Bulgaria will maintain the role of nuclear power in its energy mix by 2030 with the construction of new units at Belene expected to increase energy security, the government’s draft national energy and climate plan says.


Nuclear Will Help Replace Fossil Fuels In UK, Says Gov’t Energy Plan
26.02.2019 - NucNet News

The UK will see a gradual decline in fossil fuel-based generation to 2035, with capacity displaced by more renewables and new nuclear-based generation, the government’s draft integrated national energy and climate plan says.


EC Begins Assessment Of Draft Energy And Climate Plans
26.02.2019 - NucNet News
The European Commission is assessing draft national energy and climate plans submitted by member states under energy union rules which entered into force on 24 December 2018.


US ‘Must Set Safety And Security Standards To Compete With Russia And China’
20.02.2019 - NucNet News
The US must continue to set standards for the safety and security of nuclear power plants in the Middle East and beyond as it competes against Russia and China in the nuclear power arena, IP3 International, a company that advocates US nuclear power development, has said.


Spain’s Trillo Nuclear Station Generated 8.27 TWh In 2018
19.02.2019 - NucNet News

Spain’s single-unit Trillo nuclear power station generated 8.27 TWh of electricity in 2018, completing 11-and-a-half consecutive years without an unplanned reactor shutdown, industry group Foro Nuclear said.

Nuclear Will Continue To Grow, But Less Rapidly, Says BP Energy Outlook
18.02.2019 - NucNet News
Nuclear generation will continue to grow until 2040, although less rapidly than overall power generation, with its share of overall power generation declining, the latest edition of BP’s Energy Outlook report says.

European Financing Initiative Should Not Exclude Nuclear, Says Foratom
15.02.2019 - NucNet NewsA European initiative which covers the financing of investments based on environmental, social and governance considerations should refer to low-carbon technologies as a whole to bring it in line with the European Commission’s belief that Europe’s 2050 carbon-free power system will be composed of two low-carbon sources: renewables and nuclear, Brussels-based industry group Foratom has said.

Nuclear Leads Energy Production In Sweden, Statistics Show
15.02.2019 - NucNet News
Sweden’s fleet of eight commercial nuclear power reactors produced 65.8 TWh, or 41.5%, of the country’s electricity in 2018, industry group Swedenergy said.

UK Begins Repository Site Process With Public Consultation Events
14.02.2019 - NucNet News
Radioactive Waste Management has begun the process of finding a host community and a suitable site to construct a deep geological disposal facility for radioactive waste in England or Wales.

IAEA And EU Agree To Increase Cooperation On Nuclear
13.02.2019 - NucNet NewsThe International Atomic Energy Agency and the EU have agreed to increase cooperation on a range of nuclear activities including safety and security, the agency said.


Europe’s Energy Transition Could Result In GDP And Employment Growth, Says Report
12.02.2019 - NucNet News
The successful transition towards a low-carbon economy in Europe could result in a 1.1% growth in GDP and 0.5% growth in employment between now and 2030, a report says.

Belgium Nuclear Phaseout Not Realistic, Says Interior Minister
11.02.2019 - NucNet News
A complete phaseout of nuclear power by 2025 is not realistic, Belgium’s interior minister Pieter De Crem said yesterday.

Vattenfall’s Nuclear Fleet Set Generation Record in 2018
11.02.2019 - NucNet News
Swedish utility Vattenfall’s nuclear operations set a generation record of 55 TWh in 2018, an increase of 3.1 TWh over 2017, the company said in its annual results.

Climate Change: World Heading For Warmest Decade, Says UK Report
07.02.2019 - NucNet News
The world is in the middle of what is likely to be the warmest 10 years since records began in 1850, with the UK Met Office forecasting that temperatures for each of the next five years are likely to be 1C or more above pre-industrial levels.

Poland And Belarus ‘Discussed Belarusian Nuclear Station At Bilateral Meeting’
06.02.2019 - NucNet News

Officials from Poland and Belarus discussed the regulation and supervision of the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power station during a meeting in the Polish city of Gdansk last week, Belarusian state news agency Belta reported.


Republicans And Democrats Must Work Together To Keep Nuclear Plants Open, Says NEI
31.01.2019 - NucNet News

Infrastructure funding is one of the areas US Republicans and Democrats could work together with any deal taking into account the importance of preserving existing nuclear power plants, the Washington-based Nuclear Energy Institute said.


UK Energy Plans Sees Role For Nuclear In Replacing Fossil Fuels

30.01.2019 - NucNet News
The UK’s energy supply emissions are projected to be 69% lower than 1990 levels by 2020 and 73% below by 2030, with fossil fuel generation displaced by renewables and “eventually nuclear”, the government says in a draft national energy and climate plan submitted to the European commission.



Shutdown Plans Do Not Signal ‘Nuclear Exit Strategy’, Says French Minister

30.01.2019 - NucNet News
Nuclear energy plays an important role in France’s energy strategy and plans to permanently shut down four to six reactor units by 2028 do not indicate that the government has a nuclear exit strategy, ecology minister François de Rugy said.



UK Needs To ‘Make Up Its Mind’ On Nuclear, Consider RAB Financing Model, Says Oxford Economist

29.01.2019 - NucNet News
The UK government needs to make up its mind whether it is a serious about nuclear and prepared to do it properly, which means it has to make key strategic decisions, stick to them over the long term and allow a supply chain to be developed and sustained over decades, an economist specialising in energy infrastructure has said.



Saudi Arabia Has Received Nuclear Offers From Five Countries, Says Official

24.01.2019 - NucNet News
Saudi Arabia has received offers from five countries to build the first two nuclear power plants in the kingdom, an official said.


Infographic: Financing Model Is Key As Poland Edges Towards Decision On Nuclear
24.01.2019 - NucNet News

The Polish government is hoping to make a final decision on plans for the country’s first commercial nuclear power reactors in the coming months, but the key to the venture is an agreement on a financing model.


EC Report Says Existing Nuclear Will Be Cheapest Form Of Energy In 2030
23.01.2019 - NucNet News
The average levelised cost of electricity from existing nuclear plants in the European Union will be slightly less than €60/MWh in 2030, making it cheaper than all the other forms of energy, according to a report from the European commission.


Bulgarian Regulator Would Need A Year To Complete Belene Technical Licensing, Says Official
16.01.2019 - NucNet News

The Bulgarian nuclear regulator would need a year to complete the licensing process for the technical aspect of the Belene nuclear power station project, Lachezar Kostov, head of the Bulgarian Nuclear Regulatory Agency, told a press conference.

NEI’s Korsnick Renews Calls For Market Reform And Says Nuclear Has Been ‘Taken For Granted’
11.01.2019 - NucNet News

The nuclear sector in the US is under stress because it has been taken for granted in “a perfect storm” created by very low natural gas prices, very low demand increases for electricity and subsidies for other types of generation, Nuclear Energy Institute president and chief executive officer Maria Korsnick said.

Nuclear Led Belgian Energy Production With 48% Share In 2018, Says Forum
10.01.2019 - NucNet News

Belgium’s nuclear fleet produced 48% of the country’s electricity in 2018, making it the country’s main source of energy, the Brussels-based Belgian Nuclear Forum has said.


Prague Conference To Focus On Nuclear In Central And Eastern Europe
03.01.2019 - NucNet News

A nuclear industry conference on 28 and 29 January in Prague, Czech Republic, will focus on nuclear power developments in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, including new-build and long-term operation projects.

Regulators Call For National Strategies To Meet Staffing Needs
03.01.2019 - NucNet News
National strategies are needed to ensure a sustainable supply of competent, well-trained regulatory staff who can oversee nuclear safety, regulators have said.

US Regulator Renews Operating Licence For Waterford Nuclear Plant
02.01.2019 - NucNet News

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has renewed the operating licence for the Waterford nuclear power plant in Louisiana for an additional 20 years until 18 December 2044.
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