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UK considers Regulated Asset Base model to finance new nuclear

The UK has opened for consultation its assessment of a new financing model aimed at reducing the cost of new nuclear power plant projects by having consumers pay upfront through their energy bills. A solution is needed urgently because nuclear energy is seen as a vital part of the government's commitment to cutting the country's carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. Seven of the UK's eight existing nuclear plants are set to be retired by 2030.


Perspectives

Viewpoint: Japan must avoid over-conservatism in clearance of material

Viewpoint: Japan must avoid over-conservatism in clearance of material

The Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan is considering changes that would make the clearance of radioactive material about ten times stricter than international standards, creating unnecessary confusion and cost, writes Dr Charlotta Sanders, senior project manager at World Nuclear Association.

23 July 2019


Russia and China sign fuel contract for new Tianwan units

Russia and China sign fuel contract for new Tianwan units

TVEL, the nuclear fuel manufacturer subsidiary of Russia's Rosatom, has signed a supply contract for units 7 and 8 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China's Jiangsu province. The customers are Suneng Nuclear Power Corporation and China Nuclear Energy Industry Corporation, which are both subsidiaries of China National Nuclear Corporation.

Uranium & Fuel 23 July 2019


Three US firms awarded Mo-99 production funds

Three US firms awarded Mo-99 production funds

The US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has awarded cooperative agreements for the production of molybdenum-99 to three US companies. The announcement came as one of the companies - Shine Medical Technologies - submitted an application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to produce medical isotopes at its new production facility in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Regulation & Safety 23 July 2019


UK commits funding to Rolls-Royce SMR

UK commits funding to Rolls-Royce SMR

Rolls-Royce has today welcomed the UK government's decision to advance its small modular reactor programme. The government says it will commit GBP18.0 million (USD22.4 million) of initial funds to support the development of the power plant as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, subject to final confirmation in the early autumn.

New Nuclear 23 July 2019


Perspectives

Viewpoint: Japan must avoid over-conservatism in clearance of material

Viewpoint: Japan must avoid over-conservatism in clearance of material

The Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan is considering changes that would make the clearance of radioactive material about ten times stricter than international standards, creating unnecessary confusion and cost, writes Dr Charlotta Sanders, senior project manager at World Nuclear Association.

23 July 2019


IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano passes away

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano passes away

The International Atomic Energy Agency announced today the passing of its director general, Yukiya Amano. His term in office was due to end in late 2021, but Amano, who was 72, had been planning to step down from the post, which he had held for almost ten years, the agency said.

Corporate 22 July 2019


Russia’s Kalinin units resume operation

Russia’s Kalinin units resume operation

All three units that were disconnected from the grid last week at the Kalinin nuclear power plant are now supplying electricity as normal, Russia's Rosenergoatom announced on 20 July. Kalinin units 1, 2 and 4 had lost connection with the network on 18 July after a transformer switch short circuited. The switchgear has since been repaired.

Regulation & Safety 22 July 2019


CNL starts Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative

CNL starts Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has launched a new research and development programme to accelerate the deployment of small modular reactors in Canada. The Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative will provide reactor vendors access to world-class research facilities, it said.

New Nuclear 22 July 2019


CNNC launches demonstration SMR project

CNNC launches demonstration SMR project

China National Nuclear Corporation has announced the launch of a project to construct an ACP100 small modular reactor at Changjiang in Hainan province. Construction of the demonstration unit - also referred to as the Linglong One design - is scheduled to begin by the end of this year.

New Nuclear 22 July 2019


US regulator seeks to improve efficiency

US regulator seeks to improve efficiency

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a reduction in the frequency and scope of inspections at the country's more than 90 nuclear power units to help reduce costs and improve efficiency. In response, the Nuclear Energy Institute said "smarter regulations" can help nuclear plant owners and operators allocate time and resources to areas that most impact safety.

Regulation & Safety 19 July 2019


Kalinin and Beloyarsk outages due to non-nuclear faults, says Rosenergoatom 

Kalinin and Beloyarsk outages due to non-nuclear faults, says Rosenergoatom 

Russia's Rosenergoatom has explained the recent unplanned shutdowns at its Kalinin and Beloyarsk nuclear power plants, which have attracted media interest. Rosenergoatom, which is the nuclear power plant operator subsidiary of state nuclear corporation Rosatom, said both incidents were caused by electrical faults unrelated to the nuclear equipment.

Regulation & Safety 19 July 2019


Olkiluoto faces further delay to July 2020

Olkiluoto faces further delay to July 2020

Commissioning of the EPR at Olkiluoto in Finland has been delayed again, this time by six months to July 2020, utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj said yesterday. The new date was given in an updated schedule for the OL3 EPR unit from the plant supplier Areva-Siemens Consortium.

New Nuclear 18 July 2019