Operation and maintenance rss

Nuclear tax and low prices continue to impact Vattenfall

Corporate

04 February 2016

Swedish utility Vattenfall has announced a loss of SEK19.8 billion ($2.4 billion) in 2015, its third consecutive annual loss. It attributed this partly to continued low electricity prices and unprofitable Swedish nuclear power reactors.

First Taishan EPR completes cold tests

New Nuclear

01 February 2016

Taishan 1- 48Cold function tests have been completed at unit 1 of the Taishan nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province. The unit is expected to start up in the first half of next year and will be the first EPR reactor to begin operating.

Third Japanese reactor resumes operation

Corporate

29 January 2016

Takahama 3 and 4 - 48Kansai Electric Power Company today restarted unit 3 of its Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture. The company soon plans to start loading fuel into unit 4 at the plant ahead of its restart.

Ukraine approves investment in South Ukraine plant

Corporate

02 February 2016

Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers has approved a revised project to upgrade the South Ukraine nuclear power plant's water supply system, increasing its annual electricity output by up to 2.5 terawatt hours. Energoatom said yesterday that the project aims to "remove restrictions" on the plant caused by the insufficient cooling capacity of the Tashlykskaya reservoir.

Bulgaria agrees Kozloduy 6 life extension plan with Russia

Corporate

29 January 2016

Russian and Bulgarian companies have signed a contract to extend the operating life of unit 6 of the Kozloduy nuclear power plant to 60 years. The agreement - between Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant plc and a consortium of Russia's Rusatom Services and Bulgaria's Risk Engineering Ltd - was signed during a meeting of the Bulgarian-Russian intergovernmental commission on economic and scientific-technical cooperation in Sofia yesterday, by Evgeny Sal'kov, general director of Rusatom Services, and Dimitar Angelov, executive director of Kozloduy NPP plc.

China confident in nuclear emergency preparedness

Regulation and Safety

27 January 2016

China's State Council has today issued its first white paper on nuclear energy, detailing policies and measures to boost nuclear emergency preparedness and promoting nuclear security. Nuclear safety, it says, has been strengthened in parallel with development of its nuclear industry.