First Hualong One unit at Fuqing takes shape

25 May 2017

Fuqing 5 dome installation - 460 (CNNC)

The dome has been installed on the containment building of unit 5 at the Fuqing nuclear power plant. 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.

The steel dome - measuring almost 47 meters in diameter and weighing about 340 tonnes - was placed upon the top of the containment building walls at 5.58pm today, China National Nuclear Corporation announced. This major milestone, it said, was reached 15 days ahead of schedule.

The hemispherical structure is a major component for protecting the reactor and preventing the release of radioactive materials into the environment in the event of a serious accident.

IAEA verifies UAE nuclear material inventory

26 May 2017

International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards inspectors have verified the correctness and completeness of the United Arab Emirates' initial inventory of nuclear material. The strategic document was prepared by the country's Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation.

European industry rates decommissioning opportunities

25 May 2017

Germany is offering a great opportunity for new suppliers of decommissioning services because over the next five years all of its shutdown nuclear power plants will enter the decommissioning phase, Jörg Klasen, director of nuclear services at EnBW, said yesterday. Klasen spoke at the 8th Annual Nuclear Decommissioning & Waste Management Conference Europe 2017 being held in Manchester, England.

Replacement steam generators arrive at Cruas 1

25 May 2017

Steam generator for Cruas 1 - 48Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has delivered three replacement steam generators for unit 1 of the Cruas nuclear power plant in south-western France. They will be installed later this year during a scheduled maintenance outage.

Design work suspended for new Shin Hanul units

26 May 2017

Shin Hanul 3 and 4 - 48Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power has suspended design work for the planned units 3 and 4 at the Shin Hanul nuclear power plant until South Korea's new government announces its policy on the construction of new reactors. During his presidential election campaign, Moon Jae-in said he would scrap plans for new reactors.

Westinghouse aims for competitive future

25 May 2017

Gutierrez_NEA2017_(NEI)-48Westinghouse's core business remains strong and the company intends to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy stronger, better and more competitive, interim president and CEO José Gutíerrez said yesterday.

Korsnick calls for concerted nuclear advocacy effort

24 May 2017

Maria Korsnick - NEA2017 - 48The US nuclear energy industry must work together to strengthen existing relationships and build new coalitions among supporters of nuclear energy's different attributes, according to Nuclear Energy Institute president and CEO Maria Korsnick.

Preserving and developing Germany's nuclear expertise

Despite Germany choosing to phase out its use of nuclear energy, the country must not lose its nuclear expertise, research and industry, writes Ralf Güldner.

Nuclear expertise is important for research, for industry but above all for the state itself. Many people may simply not be aware of this.

The topic of preserving and building up nuclear expertise by shifting operational responsibility to federally-owned companies will gain relevance particularly in the waste management sector. Taking into account all the authorities and public companies that operate in this sector, we could soon be talking about up to 4000 employees. Together with the civil servants and government employees in other areas of nuclear technology, in expert appraisal and in research, it may be assumed that in the future at least a sixth of the more than 30,000 employees in the industry will be assigned to the public sector.

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