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US conversion plant suspends UF6 production

Uranium and Fuel

21 November 2017

Honeywell is temporarily to suspend uranium hexafluoride production at its Metropolis, Illinois plant pending an improvement in business conditions, the company announced yesterday. The USA's only uranium conversion plant has been in a scheduled outage since October.

SCE&G proposes gas, solar for Summer replacement

Corporate

17 November 2017

Summer_2_final_ring_June_2017_(SCEG)_48South Carolina Electric & Gas Company has unveiled a proposal that would see some of the capacity that should have been provided by the VC Summer nuclear power plant project replaced with gas and solar generation. The company's shareholders would absorb the net construction costs of the abandoned nuclear project.

US test reactor resumes operations

Regulation and Safety

16 November 2017

TREAT-restart_(INL)-48A test reactor at the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory was restarted yesterday after more than 20 years on standby. The Transient Reactor Test Facility, used to test nuclear fuels and materials under extreme conditions, had not operated since being shut down in 1994.

US Q3 uranium production falls by 17%

Uranium and Fuel

20 November 2017

US_Q3_uranium_2017_(EIA)-48US uranium production for 2017 to date is down 17% from the same period in 2016, according to the US Energy Information Administration's latest quarterly Domestic Uranium Production Report. Meanwhile, the US Geological Survey has found uranium-bearing calcrete formations in the USA for the first time.

NASA to test prototype Kilopower reactor

Other News

17 November 2017

Prototype Kilopower reactor - 48The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will this month start testing uranium-fuelled Stirling engines for use in possible future missions to Mars. The technology has been developed as part of the Kilopower project.

Second licence renewal for Virginia units

Corporate

14 November 2017

North_Anna_(NRC-Dominion)-48Dominion Energy Virginia yesterday notified the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it intends to relicense the North Anna nuclear power plant for a second time, as part of its strategy to maintain lower carbon emissions in Virginia. The additional 20-year term would give North Anna's two reactors an operating period of up to 80 years.