Ukraine's regulatory chief ousted

17 October 2014

Ukraine dismissed 39 high-ranking officials yesterday as a new law on "power purification" came into effect.

According to local newspaper Kyiv Post, the list includes the first deputy head of Ukraine's State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate (SNRI), Mikhail Gashev.

Gashev was critical of Westinghouse-made nuclear fuel assemblies used in Ukrainian reactors, claiming that they were defective. Westinghouse maintained that errors had been made during fuel loading.

Yeniseysky underground laboratory by 2024

17 October 2014

Russia's national operator for radioactive waste management aims to build by 2024 an underground research laboratory tasked with studying the possibility of final waste disposal of high-level radioactive waste in the Nizhnekansky Granite Massif in Krasnoyarsk.

Vietnam consults Lightbridge on research reactor

17 October 2014

US-based Lightbridge Corp has extended its nuclear cooperation with Vietnam by agreeing to offer consultancy services for setting up a nuclear research centre, including a research reactor, in the country.

Vattenfall sues Germany over phase-out policy

16 October 2014

Swedish utility Vattenfall is suing Germany at the Washington-based International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes over the closure of the Brunsbüttel and Krümmel nuclear power plants.

Oldbury defuelling reaches halfway point

17 October 2014

Oldbury_ponds_(NDA)_48Over half the 52,060 used nuclear fuel elements at the former Magnox nuclear power plant at Oldbury in the UK have now been removed from site, two and a half years after the plant generated its last power.

NRC accepts Yucca Mountain design

17 October 2014

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted the Department of Energy’s design for an underground geologic nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

Lévy selected to head EDF

16 October 2014

French president Francois Hollande has selected Jean-Bernard Lévy to replace Henri Proglio as chairman and CEO of French generator EDF.

All eyes on Hinkley

The European Commission's decision that the revised UK support package for EDF's Hinkley Point C nuclear project is compatible with EU state aid rules does not necessarily provide an easy blueprint for subsequent projects. Other EU nuclear project sponsors and investors face a number of difficult issues that should be at the heart of planning for subsequent projects, write George Borovas, Nick Buckworth and James Webber.
The Commission found that although the UK's deal with EDF included state aid, such aid was permissible. This was particularly so given the need to support private financing for a project of such "unprecedented nature and scale." Even so, the Commission tightened the economics of the project considerably. 

This decision will provide important guidance for nuclear state aid throughout the EU. However, it also highlights challenges for subsequent projects.


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