France, China extend nuclear cooperation

30 January 2015

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During a visit to China by French prime minister Manuel Valls, French and Chinese nuclear energy companies signed agreements to expand their respective cooperation.

Valls met with Chinese premier Li Keqiang in Beijing yesterday. During their meeting, bilateral cooperation agreements were signed between French utility EDF and China General Nuclear (CGN), as well as between Areva and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC).

EDF and CGN signed an agreement to share their experience of plant operation and engineering support for existing nuclear power plants. Meanwhile, Areva and CNNC signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing a joint venture to supply nuclear transport and logistics services.

Two regions selected for Swiss repository studies

30 January 2015

Two sites have been selected by Switzerland's national radioactive waste disposal cooperative Nagra for further investigation for hosting deep geological repositories.

Yucca Mountain safety review complete

30 January 2015

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has published the final two volumes of its safety evaluation report for the proposed Yucca Mountain geologic nuclear waste repository, completing the technical safety review of the Department of Energy's application.

Swiss regulator approves Mühleberg upgrades

29 January 2015

Muehleberg (ENSI) 48Switzerland's Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate has approved upgrades proposed by utility BKW for the continued operation of the Mühleberg nuclear power plant until 2019.

Start date delay for Vogtle units

30 January 2015

Vogtle_3_Jan_2015_(Georgia_Power)_74x48Start-up dates for the first new nuclear power plants to be built in the USA in 30 years have been pushed back by 18 months. Vogtle 3 is now expected to enter service in the second quarter of 2019 with unit 4 following in the second quarter of 2020.

Fuel loading at second Yangjiang unit

30 January 2015

Yangjiang 2 fuel loading 48The loading of fuel assemblies into the reactor core of unit 2 at the Yangjiang plant in China's Guangdong province is underway in preparation for startup.

Study finds Wyoming uranium project viable

29 January 2015

Shirley_Basin_drilling_1968_(DoE)_60x48Ur-Energy envisages operating Shirley Basin as a commercial satellite in situ leach (ISL) operation, processing the uranium at its existing facilities at Lost Creek after completion of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Wyoming project.

ONR's new role comes at crucial time for UK industry

December saw a key milestone for the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) with the publication of its first strategy as a statutory public corporation, writes Nick Baldwin, the ONR Chair.

Nuclear regulation in the UK has a long history, with the UK regulator taking several previous forms as part of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and building a well-deserved reputation as a world-class regulator. However, the government's ambition to make the UK a world leader in the safe, efficient use of nuclear energy created new pressures and expectations. The UK needed a regulator that could be more responsive to the demands of the new build agenda, the existing operational nuclear fleet, and the decommissioning of legacy nuclear facilities.

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