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Ranking energy security risks for the net-zero age

A new study published yesterday by the New Nuclear Watch Institute finds that the "supposed dependency concerns" associated with the host-vendor relationship in the nuclear energy sector are "historically and practically unfounded". The report - Energy Security in the Age of Net-Zero Ambitions and the System Value of Nuclear Power - focuses on the issue of energy security and the important contributions that nuclear power can make towards maintaining and strengthening it as energy systems decarbonise, both along the various transition pathways that energy systems have started upon and at their eventual low-carbon endpoint.


Perspectives

Viewpoint: Nuclear medicine is crucial for fighting cancer 

Viewpoint: Nuclear medicine is crucial for fighting cancer 

The nuclear medicine sector is a small part of the wider nuclear industry, but it provides some of the most pioneering technologies in healthcare - and is close to making personalised medicine a reality. Antonis Kalemis, president of Nuclear Medicine Europe and business manager for molecular imaging at Siemens Healthineers, describes how nuclear medicine also tackles the most trenchant condition in modern healthcare: cancer.

28 July 2021


Cameco updates 2021 outlook following Cigar Lake restart

Cameco updates 2021 outlook following Cigar Lake restart

Cameco expects to produce up to 12 million pounds U3O8 (4616 tU), on a 100% basis, this year provided there are no further disruptions due to COVID-19, forest fires or any other cause, the Canadian company said yesterday in its quarterly results call.

Corporate 29 July 2021


Helion prepares to build seventh fusion prototype

Helion prepares to build seventh fusion prototype

Fusion energy developer Helion Energy has broken ground on a new facility in Everett, Washington, which will house its seventh generation fusion prototype, known as Polaris. Construction of the facility, which will also produce helium-3 fuel, is expected to be completed in early-2022. Meanwhile, General Fusion and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories are to collaborate on the development of tritium extraction techniques for use in commercial fusion power plants.

New Nuclear 29 July 2021


Vogtle in-service dates and cost forecast revised

Vogtle in-service dates and cost forecast revised

Georgia Power today said it now projects an in-service date in the second quarter of 2022 for Vogtle unit 3 and in the first quarter of 2023 for Vogtle unit 4, three-to-four months later than previously expected for each unit. The total project capital cost forecast has been revised to reflect the updated schedule, resulting in a USD460 million increase to Georgia Power. Meanwhile, hot functional testing has been completed at Vogtle 3.
 

New Nuclear 29 July 2021


Perspectives

Viewpoint: Nuclear medicine is crucial for fighting cancer 

Viewpoint: Nuclear medicine is crucial for fighting cancer 

The nuclear medicine sector is a small part of the wider nuclear industry, but it provides some of the most pioneering technologies in healthcare - and is close to making personalised medicine a reality. Antonis Kalemis, president of Nuclear Medicine Europe and business manager for molecular imaging at Siemens Healthineers, describes how nuclear medicine also tackles the most trenchant condition in modern healthcare: cancer.

28 July 2021


UK sets out approach to AMR demonstrator

UK sets out approach to AMR demonstrator

The UK government today published a Call for Evidence that sets out its suggested approach to building the first advanced modular reactor demonstrator. This will specifically explore high temperature gas reactors as the most promising model for the demonstration programme, which ministers are investing GBP170 million (USD237 million) into delivering by the early 2030s.

Nuclear Policies 29 July 2021


Exelon files decommissioning plans for Illinois plants

Exelon files decommissioning plans for Illinois plants

Exelon Generation yesterday announced the filing of Post Shutdown Decommissioning Activity Reports for its Byron and Dresden plants, due to shut later this year, with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. PSDARs set out long-term site restoration plans for the stations after they shut down, and their filing is one of the final regulatory steps before plant closure.
 

Corporate 29 July 2021


Qinshan plant to supply district heating

Qinshan plant to supply district heating

China National Nuclear Corporation has launched a district heating demonstration project at the Qinshan nuclear power plant in Zhejiang Province. The project, in cooperation with the Haiyan County Government, will "provide a nuclear energy solution to solve the heating problem in southern China," the company said.

Corporate 29 July 2021


Spain to launch tender for used fuel storage facilities

Spain to launch tender for used fuel storage facilities

Spain's Council of Ministers yesterday authorised decommissioning and waste management firm Enresa to launch a tender for a contract for the design, support with licensing, manufacture and supply of a used nuclear fuel storage system for use at the Almaraz, Ascó, Cofrentes and Vandellós II nuclear power plants. The contract will be worth up to EUR220 million (USD260 million).

Waste & Recycling 28 July 2021


Canadian regulator issues order on plant restarts

Canadian regulator issues order on plant restarts

The operators of the Bruce, Darlington and Pickering nuclear power plants must submit data to demonstrate the safe operation of pressure tubes and obtain regulatory authorisation before restarting any currently shut-down reactors at those sites. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission says it has issued orders to Bruce Power and Ontario Power Generation out of an "abundance of caution".

Regulation & Safety 28 July 2021


Rooppur unit 1 dome installation starts

Rooppur unit 1 dome installation starts

The dome of the inner containment shell of unit 1 of the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh is now being installed, Rosatom announced yesterday. The metal structure has a diameter of 44 metres and a weight of 185 tonnes. The operation is being carried out by Trust RosSEM, using a Liebherr heavy crawler crane that has a lifting capacity of 1350 tonnes. The day before lifting, a special mounting traverse of 15 steel cables was installed.

New Nuclear 28 July 2021


Start-up of Japanese used fuel store delayed

Start-up of Japanese used fuel store delayed

Recyclable-Fuel Storage Company Ltd (RFS) now expects its interim used fuel storage facility in Mutsu, Aomori prefecture, to begin operating in fiscal year 2023 (ending March 2024). Following several previous delays, the facility - construction of which began in 2010 - had been scheduled to start up later this year. However, the construction of additional safety measures is taking longer than expected.

Waste & Recycling 28 July 2021