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  • Japan holds major disaster drill following nuclear plant restarts

    04 September 2018

    According to a JIJI news agency report, a nuclear disaster drill took place on August 22 mobilising 21,000 people in Fukui Prefecture which assumed simultaneous major radiation release incidents at the Oi and Takahama nuclear power plants, both of which now have operational reactors....

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  • South Africa scraps new nuclear plans in favour of renewables

    29 August 2018

    South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said that the country’s energy mix in 2030 would see only 4% provided by nuclear, meaning no new build programme is being considered in the next decade. The previous government of President Jacob Zuma had planned an expansion of nuclear from the existing 1,860 megawatts (MW) to more than 9,600 MW in 2030....

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  • UK nuclear regulator to prosecute EDF Energy and Doosan Babcock

    22 August 2018

    According to a news release on August 22, the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has notified EDF Energy Nuclear Generation and Doosan Babcock of its intention to prosecute both companies. The charges relate to an incident on 12 April 2017 at the Hinkley Point B nuclear power station in Somerset, owned and operated by EDF Energy, which resulted in injury to a Doosan Babcock employee. ...

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  • UK Government energy stats show renewables provided almost 30% of electricity generation in 2017

    20 August 2018

    The figures published in late July in the Digest of UK Energy Statistics confirm that 29.3% of the UK’s electricity was generated from renewables in 2017 – up from 24.5% in 2016. Half of this came from wind, which provided 14.8% of the UK’s power (8.6% from onshore wind and 6.2% from offshore) – up from 11% in 2016....

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  • EDF increases cost estimate for Flamanville reactor after factoring in repairs for quality deficiencies

    25 July 2018

    France’s state electricity generator Electricite De France (EDF) has put the cost of repairing recently discovered flaws at the new EPR reactor being built at Flamanville in Normandy at 400 million euros ($468 million). This takes the total cost of the project to 10.9 billion euros, more than three times its original budget....

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Government infrastructure committee says UK should scale back nuclear plans in favour of renewables 10 July 2018

Government advisers have told UK ministers to back only a single new nuclear power station after Hinkley Point C, currently under construction, because renewable energy sources are likely to prove a better investment over the next few years. The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) said the government should scale back existing nuclear new build plans that envisage as many as six new plants being built....

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UK company develops technology to detect radioactive material using particles from space 06 July 2018

Scientists have successfully developed a technology that can harness muons – essentially heavy electrons derived from space particles – to detect and safely manage radioactive waste. This could have major implications for nuclear decommissioning, the storing of historic waste and the testing of new waste management techniques....

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US government says support for nuclear and coal plants a matter of national security 29 June 2018

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on June 25 that bailing out struggling coal and nuclear power plants was as important to national security as keeping the military strong, and that the cost should not be an issue. Perry said the security of the electricity grid was as important as having the right number of ships, aircraft and military personnel....

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UK government announces £200m funding for nuclear industry projects 28 June 2018

On June 27, UK Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark announced a £200m Nuclear Sector Deal (NSD), including establishing a £40m facility to support the design of advanced nuclear technologies at Trawsfynydd in north Wales. This site, which houses two first generation Magnox reactors currently being decommissioned, could be the location for the first UK small modular reactor (SMR)....

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Coal generation to fall more than 70% by 2050 - Report 25 June 2018

About half the world’s power will be generated by wind and solar resources by 2050 while generation from coal will drop more than 70% from today’s levels, according to the New Energy Outlook 2018 report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)....

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