Issued by the World Nuclear Association
The Paris Agreement will require ambitious action across all sectors. A priority should be the decarbonisation of the electricity supply sector, using nuclear energy in harmony with other forms of low carbon generation.
World Nuclear Association launches a special update to its 2016 World Nuclear Performance Report focusing on developments in Asia.
The ratification of the Paris Agreement commits governments to making significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to limit the effects of climate change. This can only happen if we use all sources of low-carbon electricity, including nuclear energy, according to Agneta Rising, Director General of the World Nuclear Association
Agneta Rising said, "Today's annoucement is good news for nuclear energy in the UK and Europe. The Hinkley Point C project demonstrates the value of international cooperation in new nuclear build"
EDF have announced the go-ahead for Hinkley Point C, a nuclear power plant that will generate 7% of the UK’s electricity, avoid 9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year and create over 25,000 new employment opportunities.
Background information on topical issues
Preparations are underway for the restart of the Sendai 1 reactor in Japan. Sendai 1 is a pressurized water reactor (PWR) sited on the southwest coast of Kyushu, the third largest island of Japan. It is owned and operated by the Kyushu Electric Power Company.
The World Nuclear Association has published reports on nuclear fuel supply and demand at roughly two yearly intervals. The report published today is the 17th in the series and extends the forecasting period to 2035. It includes scenarios covering a range of possibilities for nuclear power.
The World Nuclear Association has made two submissions to the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission, one on the subject of nuclear power generation and the other on nuclear wastes.
The action taken today by the Austrian government is supposedly to challenge the decision by the European Commission to approve the Contract for Difference mechanism proposed for Hinkley Point C. However, the true motivation of the action was revealed by Austrian Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann, who last week issued a statement saying: "This is a further important step in our anti-nuclear policy, whose long-term objective is a nuclear-free Europe."
The Global Apollo Programme Report has the objective of making carbon-free baseload electricity less costly than coal within ten years. Nuclear generation working with renewables has already allowed countries such as France and Sweden to achieve the goals of this report.
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Published: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:34:39 GMT
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has confirmed that Kyushu Electric's Genkai units 3 and 4 in Saga Prefecture meet new regulatory standards. The Japan Atomic Industry Forum said today that the decision, which Kyushu announced on 18 January, was based on the NRA's approval of a revised review of reactor upgrade plans at the two 1180 MWe pressurized water reactors.
Published: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:10:32 GMT
Rick Perry, nominated to be US Energy Secretary by President-elect Donald Trump, said yesterday he believes "some" climate change is manmade and promised to protect the Department of Energy's (DOE) scientific research activities into the issue. He told a Senate committee he regretted calling for the department's abolition five years ago and said he advocated all energy options for the USA's 21st century energy policy.
Published: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:36:14 GMT
Russia and Iran yesterday signed documents furthering their cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. They were signed in Moscow by Nikolay Spassky, deputy director general for international affairs at Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear corporation, and Behrouz Kamalvandi, deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran for International, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.
Published: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:25:43 GMT
Carbon emissions from California's electricity generation are two-and-a-half times higher today than they would have been if the state had kept open nuclear power plants forced to close prematurely and not abandoned plans for new units, according to a new analysis by the Environmental Progress research and policy organization.
Published: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:58:31 GMT
Stakeholder support and involvement are "essential to achieving accepted and sustainable decisions for nearly all aspects of nuclear energy", an OECD Nuclear Energy Agency workshop has concluded. More than 130 experts from 26 countries came together to discuss international best practices at the workshop on 'stakeholder involvement in nuclear decision making', held at the NEA's headquarters in Paris this week.
Published: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:50:58 GMT
Horizon Nuclear Power - the UK subsidiary of Japan's Hitachi - and NuGeneration - the UK joint venture between Japan's Toshiba and France's Engie - have joined government officials, trade associations, and wider stakeholders during a trade mission to Tokyo this week.
Published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:16:41 GMT
Cameco yesterday announced its earnings expectations and operational changes planned for 2017. "While it is not our usual practice to disclose earnings expectations, we are announcing our earnings expectations for 2016 in advance of our participation in upcoming investor conferences due to the significant discrepancy between analyst earnings estimates and our current expectations," the Saskatchewan, Canada-based uranium producer said.
Published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:25:29 GMT
The European Commission has approved the restructuring of France's Areva group, ruling that the French government's plan to grant a capital injection of €4.5 billion ($4.8 billion) into Areva does not breech European Union (EU) state aid rules.
Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:44:23 GMT
The government of Western Australia yesterday granted environmental approval to Cameco Australia's proposed Yeelirrie uranium project, subject to conditions that include measures to mitigate risks to underground fauna.
Published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:23:08 GMT
One year on from implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the US president said the agreement with Iran "must be measured against the alternatives". Meanwhile, Behrouz Kamalvandi, deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran for International, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, is on a two-day visit to Moscow to discuss progress with the JCPOA.
Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:42:58 GMT
The Tennessee Valley Authority has welcomed the acceptance for regulatory review of its early site permit application for the Clinch River site in Tennessee as a milestone towards the potential use of small modular reactors in its operating fleet.
Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:49:14 GMT
France's nuclear regulator, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire, has approved the restart of nine of the 12 reactors affected by the carbon concentration anomaly in the steam generator channel heads manufactured by Japan Casting and Forging Corporation. The approval, which followed ASN's examination of the results of inspections and technical demonstrations provided by EDF for the 900 MWe reactors, was announced on 12 January.
Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:55:29 GMT
The Russian government has confirmed that its 2010 agreement with Ukraine on building a third and fourth reactor at the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant has been cancelled. According to a statement posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry's website for legal information on 13 January, the intergovernmental agreement was terminated on 12 May last year.
Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:21:09 GMT
The United Arab Emirates has unveiled plans to increase the contribution of "clean energy" in its total energy mix to 50% by 2050. The UAE's new energy strategy sees half of the country's energy coming from renewables and nuclear, with the remaining half coming from fossil fuels.
Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:39:26 GMT
NuScale Power has asked the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to approve the company's small modular reactor commercial power plant design. This is the first-ever SMR design certification application to be submitted to the NRC.
Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:50:56 GMT
Waste emplacement has resumed at the US Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, nearly three years after activities were halted following a waste drum rupture in an underground storage panel at the New Mexico facility.
Published: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:18:52 GMT
The first steam generator has been lifted into place at the VC Summer nuclear power plant under construction in South Carolina. It is the first such component to be installed at a Westinghouse AP1000 plant in the USA.
Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:57:44 GMT
The Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) has announced the successful completion of a program for EDF Energy to study the effects of irradiation creep on graphite. Over a period of four years, four consecutive irradiation stages were performed on loaded graphite specimens in the High Flux Reactor in Petten, the Netherlands.
Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:40:22 GMT
British parliamentarians have asked the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to clarify some of the financial aspects of the government's agreement with EDF and its partner China General Nuclear to build the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant.
Published: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:32:04 GMT
The global risk landscape is now dominated by environmental concerns, with environmental risks dominating the list of those most likely, according to the World Economic Forum's newly published Global Risks Report 2017. Climate change is one of the most impactful risks the world is currently facing, ranking alongside income inequality and societal polarisation as top trends for 2017.
Published: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:06:50 GMT
A list of large reactor components supplied to US nuclear power plants by Areva's Creusot Forge in France has been released by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. However, the regulator said it has no immediate safety concerns regarding the parts supplied to 17 US reactors.
Published: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:51:25 GMT
Japan's future use of nuclear energy could be significantly impacted by decisions made this year on restarting reactors and extending the operating periods of its older units, according to the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan. However, it sees nuclear playing an important role in achieving energy security, economy and environmental protection.
Published: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:47:23 GMT
Capital costs are key to the competitiveness of nuclear power projects, a new report from the World Nuclear Association concludes. The essential characteristics for structuring a nuclear project, the report says, is a suitable sharing of risks and benefits.
Published: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:47:07 GMT
The USA must ensure continued implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran, as well as taking an economy-wide approach to decarbonisation - including a reinvigoration of the nuclear energy option, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in his formal roundup of US Department of Energy (DOE) achievements during the administration of President Barack Obama.
Published: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:17:44 GMT
The British government has asked nuclear regulators to begin a Generic Design Assessment of the UK HPR1000 reactor. This is the Hualong One design that General Nuclear Services - a subsidiary of EDF and China General Nuclear - proposes to use at a prospective new nuclear power plant in Bradwell.
Published: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:44:29 GMT
Kazakhstan plans to produce 10% less uranium in 2017 than previously planned in response to ongoing oversupply in the uranium market, Kazatomprom chairman Askar Zhumagaliyev announced today.
Published: Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:32:44 GMT
Entergy has agreed with the state of New York to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant in 2020-2021. The company said economic considerations were key in its decision to shut the plant, completing the company's exit from the merchant power business.
Published: Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:58:07 GMT
Rolls-Royce has named the companies it is working with to bring a small modular reactor (SMR) to market in the UK. Amec Foster Wheeler, Nuvia and Arup, together with the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, are working with Rolls-Royce to develop the latest technology reactors, a spokesman for the British engineering firm told World Nuclear News today. "Other names will emerge in due course," he added.
Published: Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:47:56 GMT
Unit 4 of the Yangjiang nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province has started supplying electricity to the grid, China General Nuclear announced today. The unit becomes the company's 20th operational power reactor.
Published: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:26:18 GMT
Construction of the third and fourth units at the United Arab Emirates' Barakah project has passed the half way point, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation has announced. Overall construction of the four-unit nuclear power plant is now around 75% complete.
Published: Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:55:39 GMT
Assembly of the containment building dome for unit 5 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant has been completed. The unit - the first of two demonstration Hualong One units being built at the site in China's Fujian province - is expected to start up in 2019.
Published: Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:43:55 GMT
Canada's L-3 MAPPS has been awarded a contract to support modernization of the full-scope control room simulator for Mexico's sole nuclear power plant, the twin-unit Laguna Verde.
Published: Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:54:05 GMT
The Hungarian National Atomic Energy Office has extended the operating licence of block 3 of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant by another 20 years, state news agency MTI has reported. Meanwhile, the government plans to cut the capital increase earmarked for MVM Paks II nuclear power plant - the company responsible for expansion of the plant.
Published: Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:20:19 GMT
Installation of the fourth and final reactor coolant pump at the Sanmen 2 AP1000 was completed yesterday, China National Nuclear Corporation announced. Meanwhile, the boron injection tank has been installed at the second demonstration Hualong One unit being constructed at the Fuqing plant.
Published: Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:45:59 GMT
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has submitted further information on its proposed deep geologic repository for low- and intermediate-level waste to Canadian regulators. The studies, carried out in response to a ministerial request, show that relocating the repository from OPG's proposed site at Bruce to one of two alternative locations would increase environmental effects and costs.
Published: Thu, 05 Jan 2017 13:14:45 GMT
No inadequate or counterfeited documentation related to the manufacture of forged steel parts used in Finnish nuclear power plants has so far been identified by the plant operators. However, the country's regulator has requested detailed investigations be completed by the end of April.
Published: Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:43:23 GMT
Thomas Thor Associates, based in Europe and the Middle East, has acquired a majority stake in USA-based KeySource HCI, another nuclear industry recruiter and consultancy, to create a "truly global" organisation.
Published: Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:01:43 GMT
Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL has signed a contract with the China Institute of Atomic Energy for the supply of fuel to the Chinese Experimental Fast Reactor.
Published: Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:52:19 GMT
Global nuclear generating capacity increased slightly in 2016 to 391.6 GWe net, up from 382.2 GWe at the end of 2015, according to data from the World Nuclear Association. Construction of three large reactor projects also started during 2016, while three units were permanently shut down.
Published: Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:38:39 GMT
The shareholders of Chinese coal miner Wintime Energy have approved its proposed investment in Hinkley Point C - EDF and China General Nuclear's project to build two European Pressurised Water reactors in Somerset, England. Wintime Energy, known as Wing Tai Energy in Chinese, announced its plan to invest up to three billion yuan ($440 million) in HPC through a wholly owned subsidiary of New Energy, Huayuan New Energy, on 13 December.
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