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  • Future of UK's Moorside nuclear project in question as Toshiba's French partner backs out

    05 April 2017

    Toshiba has been forced to buy out the French utility Engie from a project to build three nuclear reactors in Moorside, northwest England, adding to uncertainty over the project. Engie said on April 4 it was exercising its right to sell its 40% stake in the NuGen venture to Toshiba following the bankruptcy of the Japanese firm’s Westinghouse nuclear power plant business. ...

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  • UK carbon dioxide emissions fall 7.4% in 2016

    31 March 2017

    The UK Government published provisional 2016 greenhouse gas emissions figures on March 30 showing net emissions of carbon dioxide came to 374.1 million tonnes (Mt), 7.4% lower than the 2015 figure of 403.8 Mt. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main greenhouse gas, accounting for over 81% of total UK greenhouse gas emissions....

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  • Toshiba nuclear unit Westinghouse files for bankruptcy protection

    29 March 2017

    Toshiba's Westinghouse Electric (WE) US nuclear division, which was set to provide the reactors for a new power plant in the UK, has filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors. The Japanese group, part of the joint venture behind the Moorside power station project in Cumbria, admitted the financial crisis at WE left the supply of its technology "uncertain", although Toshiba said it remained committed to the project. ...

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  • News Extra: Fukushima internal radiation levels at highest level since 2011 meltdown

    01 March 2017

    Radiation levels inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station are at their highest since the plant suffered a triple meltdown almost six years ago. On February 3, the facility’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said atmospheric readings as high as 530 sieverts an hour had been recorded inside the containment vessel of reactor No 2, one of three affected reactors....

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  • French nuclear waste deep storage project faces new hurdles

    28 February 2017

    On February 28, a local court annulled the transfer of a forest from a local municipality to the French National Agency for the Management of Radioactive Waste (ANDRA), which is building a geological storage facility for high level nuclear wastes under the forest. The project to build the storage facility - called CIGEO – at Bure in the Meuse department of Eastern France will be suspended until this legal hurdle can be overcome....

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NuScale and Rolls-Royce take forward small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) plans 16 January 2017

NuScale Power has asked the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to approve the company's small modular reactor (SMR) commercial power plant design, the first time an SMR design certification application has been submitted to the NRC. And in the UK, Rolls-Royce has announced the industrial partners with whom it plans to take forward its own SMR plans....

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Chernobyl NSC containment arch moved into place in historic engineering feat 29 November 2016

Reactor number 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the scene of the worst nuclear accident in history, has been enclosed by a vast steel shelter designed to prevent radiation leaks from the site. The process of sliding the arched structure into place to shield the damaged reactor started on November 14 and took over a week to complete....

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Bulgaria completes upgrade to extend life of Kozloduy nuclear reactor by 30 years 27 October 2016

The Bulgarian energy ministry said on October 25 an upgrade of one of the Soviet-era reactors at the country's only nuclear plant had been completed, extending its lifespan to 2047. The Kozloduy plant, by the river Danube on the border with Romania, has two 1,000 megawatt reactors that produce about 33% of Bulgaria's electricity. The country launched a 360 million euro ($391 million) upgrade of the reactors last year....

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Five French nuclear reactors with Japanese parts ordered to close down and undergo safety tests 19 October 2016

France’s Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) has ordered the country’s main power generator Électricité de France (EDF) to conduct checks at five nuclear reactors ahead of scheduled maintenance, citing potential weakness in critical forged parts manufactured by a Japanese company. The company, Japan Casting & Forging Corp. (JCFC), is also under scrutiny by Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority....

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UK Government confirms Hinkley Point C nuclear project 15 September 2016

The UK Government issued the following press release on September 15: “Government confirms Hinkley Point C project following new agreement in principle with EDF - Ministers impose significant new safeguards for future foreign investment in critical infrastructure.”...

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