Issued by the World Nuclear Association
Governments must take action to ensure that the lights will stay on decades into the future and policies are needed to steer us to an environmentally sound energy mix.
The nuclear industry must stand ready to meet the challenge of supplying the growing demand for low carbon electricity that must result from the forthcoming COP 21 climate change negotiations in Paris.
World Nuclear Association applauds news of a Royal Commission to assess whether South Australia should expand the role of nuclear energy, as announced on Sunday (8 February) by state Premier Jay Weatherill. This will lead to an objective assessment of the facts about nuclear energy.
The new Nuclear Energy Technology Roadmap published by the IEA and OECD NEA says nuclear energy allows countries to build scalable, efficient and long-term power sources that can serve as a base to underpin other forms of low-carbon generation. The report says nuclear global capacity must more than double by 2050, with nuclear supplying 17% of global electricity generation by then, to meet the IEA 2 Degree Scenario for the most effective and efficient means of limiting global temperature rise.
Continuing the strong cooperation between Chinese and international nuclear companies will ensure that China can play its part in the global nuclear supply chain. WNA Director General Agneta Rising said: "We must build on the international partnerships forged in developing China's nuclear generation programme so that China can play its part in delivering the global expansion of clean and reliable nuclear energy the world so clearly needs."
Background information on topical issues
Lloyds Register have today published their latest Technology Radar report, A Nuclear Perspective. The report concludes that nuclear power generation technologies are now cost competitive with fossil fuels and innovation is gathering pace.
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."
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Published: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:09:23 GMT
AEM-Technology has started the manufacture of the reactor pressure vessel for MBIR – the multipurpose sodium-cooled fast neutron research reactor that is under construction at the site of the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors at Dmitrovgrad, which is in Russia's Ulyanovsk region. Based in Volgodonsk, AEM-Technology is part of Atomenergomash, itself a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.
Published: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:49:35 GMT
An International Atomic Energy Agency expert team is preparing independent cost estimates to help Tajikistan plan the remediation of uranium legacy sites in the north of the country.
Published: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:56:23 GMT
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has decided to terminate its contract with Cavendish Fluor Partnership for the management and decommissioning of 12 redundant Magnox sites, including two research sites. In a written ministerial statement to the House of Commons today, Energy Secretary Greg Clark said there is a big difference between the contract with CFP and the work that is required. Clark also announced that the NDA had settled outstanding litigation claims against it by Energy Solutions and Bechtel.
Published: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:36:57 GMT
Nuclear professionals from across Asia will be able to use new training facilities at a soon-to-be-opened Indian research centre under extended cooperation between India and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Published: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:46:20 GMT
Areva NP has recently been awarded three patents for innovations in the fuel operation as well as anticorrosion and maintenance tooling fields. The patents were for innovations developed by Areva employees in the USA.
Published: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:23:40 GMT
The first cask containing used nuclear fuel from the Sizewell B pressurised water reactor has been placed within the unit's new dry fuel store. The milestone marks the first use of dry used fuel storage technology in the UK.
Published: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:15:09 GMT
Paladin Energy Limited plans to start arbitration proceedings against CNNC Overseas Uranium Holdings Ltd (CNNC Overseas) amid indications it will seek to acquire Paladin's interest in the Langer Heinrich uranium mine in Namibia. CNNC Overseas bought a 25% joint venture equity stake in Langer Heinrich for $190 million in January 2014.
Published: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:16:10 GMT
Construction work at Barakah 3 in the United Arab Emirates has passed two milestones with the completion of reactor coolant loop pipe welding and the reactor containment building dome structure. The coolant loop work has set a new industry benchmark for quality in pipe welding.
Published: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:38:54 GMT
China General Nuclear and the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board have extended their cooperation in the development of nuclear energy in the African country with the signing of two new agreements.
Published: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:33:18 GMT
USA-based firms Bechtel and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) have today announced the formation of an alliance to offer decommissioning and dismantling services for nuclear power plants in Germany and Sweden.
Published: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:21:53 GMT
Hydraulic pressure testing has been completed on the reactor pressure vessel for the demonstration CAP1400 unit to be built at Shidaowan in China's Shandong province.
Published: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:00:44 GMT
UK regulators expect to complete the Generic Design Assessment of the AP1000 and the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) in March and December this year, respectively. They have also reported the start of the GDA of the UK HPR1000, which they expect to complete in 2021.
Published: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:05:06 GMT
The Euratom Supply Agency, the nuclear watchdog of the European Union, has approved Berkeley Energia's offtake agreement for the sale of the first production from its Salamanca uranium mine under development in Spain. The mine is expected to enter production in late 2018.
Published: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:20:46 GMT
Rosatom and Russian Venture Company have signed an agreement to cooperate in the promotion of advanced technologies and innovative developments at the Russian state nuclear corporation's subsidiaries. RVC is a Russian state institution responsible for funding national innovation projects on behalf of the National Technology Initiative.
Published: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:30:18 GMT
The European Commission has approved Belgian plans to support the long-term operation of three nuclear reactors after finding measures to compensate operators Engie-Electrabel and EDF Belgium are in line with European Union rules on state aid.
Published: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:14:39 GMT
A robot has entered into the primary containment vessel of the damaged unit 1 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant and provided Tokyo Electric Power Company with radiation and temperature measurements within it. The company hopes the data, together with video footage, will enable it to locate the molten fuel in the unit.
Published: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:40:51 GMT
X-energy yesterday announced the start of work on the conceptual design of its Xe-100 high temperature gas-cooled pebble bed modular reactor, following a review of the company's readiness by an external panel of industry experts.
Published: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:27:48 GMT
Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions - the largest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions - stayed flat for the third consecutive year in 2016, the International Energy Agency announced. This was despite an expansion in the global economy.
Published: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:58:11 GMT
China and Saudi Arabia have signed a cooperation agreement for a joint study on the feasibility of constructing high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) in the Middle Eastern country.
Published: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:34:12 GMT
Nuclear industry leaders from the UK and France gathered in London this week to encourage students and young professionals to showcase their talents in science, technology, engineering and maths, collectively known as STEM subjects. The workshop for the Spark! Contest, held at the French embassy on 13 March, included a jury of 15 executives and 15 teams of finalists.
Published: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:18:05 GMT
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission will work continuously to optimise, adapt and evolve to meet its regulatory responsibilities, Kristine Svinicki said yesterday in her first address as NRC chairwoman to the agency's annual Regulatory Information Conference in Bethesda, Maryland.
Published: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:25:45 GMT
The operator of the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant on Finland's southwestern coast has demonstrated a strong commitment to safety, an expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency has concluded. However, the mission made recommendations to Teollisuuden Voima Oyj to reinforce some safety measures.
Published: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:51:25 GMT
Unit 4 of the Yangjiang nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province has completed commissioning tests and now meets the conditions for entering commercial operation, China General Nuclear announced yesterday.
Published: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:33:03 GMT
Construction and installation work formally started yesterday at the site of unit 2 of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran, Atomproekt, the reactor design subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, announced today. The first foundation stone for units 2 and 3 of the plant was laid in a ceremony held at the construction site in southern Iran in September last year.
Published: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:07:08 GMT
The Coega Development Corporation has agreed to cooperate with utility Eskom in supporting the South African government's plans to build local capacity for its nuclear new build program through supplier development and localisation.
Published: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:55:44 GMT
The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate has called for the systematic management of the aging of containers in the country's interim radioactive waste storage facilities. The requirement follows the completion of a study into container aging and fuel handling in such facilities.
Published: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:05:35 GMT
An international arbitration panel has ordered Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to pay the owners of the San Onofre nuclear power plant $125 million for defective steam generators supplied to the plant in 2009 and 2010. The International Chamber of Commerce capped the award at the liability limit contained in the contract to supply the components.
Published: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:05:29 GMT
EDF Energy has awarded James Fisher Nuclear a contract to supply inspection devices to more precisely monitor the condition of graphite within the cores of its fleet of operating Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors in the UK.
Published: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:41:23 GMT
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Advanced Reactor Concepts have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the development and licensing of a small modular reactor. Each company has so far been developing its own sodium-cooled fast reactor models.
Published: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:38:13 GMT
A US business consortium has called for "decisive, swift and tangible" action on used nuclear fuel and high-level waste storage, including the re-establishment of the Office for Civilian Radioactive Waste Management and re-engagement with the Yucca Mountain review process. The US Nuclear Infrastructure Council says the current "impasse" is costing US taxpayers billions of dollars.
Published: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:25:14 GMT
Global engineering consultancy Amec Foster Wheeler has renewed an agreement to provide long-term engineering and technical support to the UK's fleet of operating nuclear power reactors. The agreement with EDF Energy Nuclear Generation is worth £125 million ($153 million).
Published: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:28:30 GMT
The US Department of Energy has asked for public comment on the effects of potential transfers of its excess uranium inventory on the country's uranium mining, conversion and enrichment industries. The DOE's request was issued the day after the US Government Accountability Office raised issues related to excess uranium transfers over the past decade including questions on the DOE's assessment of market impact studies; the valuation of depleted uranium tails; and the legality of some transfers.
Published: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:13:15 GMT
Kazakhstan's Institute of Nuclear Physics has implemented "significant" modifications and upgrades to improve the safety of its research reactor, an IAEA Integrated Nuclear Safety Assessment of Research Reactors mission has concluded. The IAEA team reviewed the comprehensive safety programs at the light water reactor called WWR-K, including improvements to reactor safety systems and to the training and qualification program for staff.
Published: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:46:34 GMT
Ukraine expects to start supplying electricity to the European Union network via its planned 'energy bridge' as early as 2019, and to complete the project by 2025, the head of the country's nuclear power plant operator said this week. The energy bridge will link unit 2 of Ukraine's Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant to Burshtyn Energy Island and connect with powerlines to Rzeszów in Poland and Albertirsa in Hungary.
Published: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:31:07 GMT
Tokyo Electric Power Company is preparing to insert a Hitachi-developed robot into the primary containment vessel of the damaged unit 1 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Last month, a Toshiba-developed robot was used to survey the vessel of unit 2.
Published: Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:12:33 GMT
A 3D-printed impeller has been in use in a pump at Slovenia's Krško plant since January. Siemens, which produced the component, said this marks "the first successful commercial installation and continuing safe operation" of such a part in a nuclear power plant.
Published: Sun, 12 Mar 2017 19:00:31 GMT
An "ethical barrier" could be put in place at the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory to ensure policy makers can draw on its world-class expertise whilst avoiding a conflict of interest with commercial customers, its CEO Paul Howarth told peers this week. NNL's operating model thus requires "refinement, rather than wholehearted change", he said.
Published: Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:26:57 GMT
Cameco has confirmed it is evaluating the possibility of divesting its US uranium facilities, although no decision has yet been made to sell any assets. The company's combined operations at Smith Ranch-Highland in Wyoming is the largest uranium production facility in the USA.
Published: Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:17:34 GMT
Global Nuclear Fuel-Japan's fuel fabrication plant in Yokosuka in Kanagawa Prefecture meets new regulatory standards, the country's nuclear regulator has concluded. It becomes the first fuel cycle facility to be confirmed to meet the revised safety standards, introduced in December 2013.
Published: Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:48:18 GMT
Areva has completed the clean-up and dismantling of facilities at the former mixed-oxide fuel fabrication plant at Cadarache, in southern France. The company described the project as "one of the largest dismantling projects in the world".
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