Regulation and Safety rss

UK regulator identifies 11 proposals for research

21 June 2017

The UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation has 53 research projects and proposals amounting to about £1.2 million ($1.5 million) in its Regulatory Research Register for 2016-17, which it published last week.

Belgian reactor vessels show no new inclusions

16 June 2017

No new so-called hydrogen 'flakes' have been found in the reactor vessels of Belgium's Tihange 2 and Doel 3, a comparison of inspections carried out recently with those conducted in 2014 has shown. The country's nuclear regulator said there has also been no growth of previously detected flakes.

Robot ready to inspect Fukushima Daiichi 3 vessel

15 June 2017

Toshiba-IRID ROV for FD3 PCV - 48An underwater robot has been developed to inspect the flooded primary containment vessel of unit 3 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The robot is expected to be deployed in the coming months, following the training of operators.

Westinghouse subsidiary receives notice of non-conformance

21 June 2017

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a notice of non-conformance to Westinghouse over concerns about quality assurance at its Mangiarotti subsidiary.

Chinese unit prepares for extended operation

15 June 2017

Qinshan 1 - 48Workers at unit 1 of the Qinshan nuclear power plant in China's Zhejiang province have made significant progress in long-term operational safety, an International Atomic Energy Agency team has concluded. The plant has applied to operate beyond its original 30-year design life.

Court ruling clears path for restart of Genkai units

13 June 2017

Genkai plant - 48A court in Japan has dismissed a request for an injunction against the restart of units 3 and 4 of Kyushu Electric Power Company's Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture. The court sided with the utility in deciding the units are safe to operate.