South Africa needs to plan for nuclear, says NIASA

22  February 2018

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The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) has today called on the country's energy industry and the government to take a long-term view of energy planning and not be distracted by current oversupply. NIASA's comments were in reaction to yesterday's budget speech by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba.

Gigaba's speech, delivered to a plenary sitting of South Africa's National Assembly, set out details of spending for specific plans following on from President Cyril Ramaphosa's 16 February State of the Nation address. Although neither speech specifically mentioned the country's plans for nuclear energy, both Ramaphosa and Gigaba have said that procurement of new nuclear power is not currently a priority for the country.

According to comments Tweeted by the National Treasury yesterday, Gigaba said: "We cannot afford nuclear. Due to slow economic growth, South Africa currently has excess electricity; therefore, we do not need additional capacity now."

Contract awarded for Vandellós 1 engineering support

22 February 2018

Vandellos 1 - 48Westinghouse and EDF will provide engineering services for the dismantling of unit 1 of the Vandellós nuclear power plant under a contract awarded by Spanish decommissioning and waste management firm Enresa.

Fuel removal gear in place at Fukushima Daiichi unit

21 February 2018

FD3 fuel removal machine cover - 48A cover has been installed over the fuel handling machine that will help remove fuel from the storage pool of unit 3 of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The removal of the fuel is scheduled to start in mid-2018.

Dismantling of O2 reactor internals starts soon

20 February 2018

Oskarshamn 2 reactor hall - 48Work to dismantle the reactor pressure vessel's internals at unit 2 of the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant in Sweden is set to begin at the end of April. Plant operator OKG AB said this will mark the start of the first major decommissioning work at the plant.

Hinkley delay would not harm UK energy supply

21 February 2018

Hinkley Point C reactor foundation - 48The UK would have enough energy if the Hinkley Point C project faced further delays, but nuclear power remains an essential part of the country's electricity mix, Business Secretary Greg Clark has told a House of Lords committee. The government does not, however, have a specific target for nuclear energy use in the future, he said.

More SMR vendor design reviews for CNSC

20 February 2018

eVinci_micro_reactor_(Westinghouse)-48The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is to conduct pre-licensing vendor design reviews (VDR) of small modular reactor designs from NuScale Power and Westinghouse Electric Company. The reviews of the NuScale SMR and Westinghouse's eVinci micro reactor will incorporate the first two phases of the VDR process.

Russia's Rostov 4 enters pilot operation

20 February 2018

Rostov 4 - 48Russian regulator Rostechnadzor has issued a licence for the final stage of the start-up procedure - pilot operation - at unit 4 of the Rostov nuclear power plant, which is near the city of Volgodonsk.

Contracting within the nuclear sector

Contracting within the nuclear sector carries challenges due to the highly regulated nature of nuclear power, the technically complex nature of the goods and services supplied, and the high capital cost of most nuclear projects - whether new build or maintenance, write Elina Teplinsky and Vincent Zabielski. Furthermore, nuclear contracting practices must keep up with market trends, adapt to technical developments, and reflect frequent changes and updates to nuclear-related legislation and regulations.

For vendors, the key to addressing some of these challenges is the establishment of an internal review process to understand, evaluate and seek to diminish risks. Here we provide recommendations as to the structure of such internal review processes for two key areas of risk in nuclear controls: liability for nuclear damage and nuclear trade law compliance.

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