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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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South Korean nuclear group in talks to join UK’s NuGen newbuild project 13 September 2016

South Korea's state-backed nuclear group Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) is in talks to join the £10bn NuGen project to build three nuclear reactors at Moorside in Cumbria. The venture is currently 60% owned by Japan's Toshiba, which plans to use its Westinghouse reactor technology, and 40% by France's Engie, formerly GDF Suez....

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News Extra: Report says Pacific Ocean radiation levels decreasing rapidly after Fukushima 08 August 2016

Radiation levels across the Pacific Ocean are rapidly returning to normal five years after the Fukushima-Daiichi accident in Japan led to extensive releases of radioactive gases, volatiles, and liquids, particularly to the coastal ocean, a report by the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research has concluded. ...

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UK Government announces surprise review of Hinkley Point C nuclear project 29 July 2016

The plan to build a new £18bn nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset suffered an eleventh-hour delay late on July 28 when the UK government said it would hold a new review hours after EDF, the project’s French developer, gave it the go-ahead. Greg Clark, the business and energy secretary, said that the Government would carefully consider the project before making a final decision in early autumn....

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Estimated cost of Hinkley Point C nuclear plant rises to £37bn [Corrected 13/7/16] 12 July 2016

The total lifetime cost of the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant could be as high as £37bn, according to an assessment published by the UK government. The figure, reported in the Guardian, was contained in an IPA (Infrastructure and Projects Authority) report and compares with a Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) estimate 12 months ago of £14bn....

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