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Areva NP awarded patents for innovative technologies


24 March 2017

Areva NP has recently been awarded three patents for innovations in the fuel operation as well as anticorrosion and maintenance tooling fields. The patents were for innovations developed by Areva employees in the USA.

Energy sector emissions maintained for third year

Energy and Environment

17 March 2017

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions - the largest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions - stayed flat for the third consecutive year in 2016, the International Energy Agency announced. This was despite an expansion in the global economy.

Tribunal awards damages for SONGS generators


14 March 2017

SONGS_replacement_SG_2009_(MHI)-48An international arbitration panel has ordered Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to pay the owners of the San Onofre nuclear power plant $125 million for defective steam generators supplied to the plant in 2009 and 2010. The International Chamber of Commerce capped the award at the liability limit contained in the contract to supply the components.

Xe-100 HTGR moves to conceptual design

New Nuclear

17 March 2017

Pebble_fuel_prototype_(X-energy-ORNL)-48X-energy yesterday announced the start of work on the conceptual design of its Xe-100 high temperature gas-cooled pebble bed modular reactor, following a review of the company's readiness by an external panel of industry experts.

Svinicki promises continued improvement at NRC

Regulation and Safety

16 March 2017

Svinicki_RIC_2017_(NRC)-48The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission will work continuously to optimise, adapt and evolve to meet its regulatory responsibilities, Kristine Svinicki said yesterday in her first address as NRC chairwoman to the agency's annual Regulatory Information Conference in Bethesda, Maryland.

Vendors team up on SMR commercialisation

New Nuclear

13 March 2017

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Advanced Reactor Concepts have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the development and licensing of a small modular reactor. Each company has so far been developing its own sodium-cooled fast reactor models.