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Grossi impressed by Finnish used fuel repository

"Onkalo is a game changer for the long-term sustainability of nuclear energy," International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said yesterday, referring to the world’s first-ever deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel that is under construction in Olkiluoto, Finland.


Perspectives

Viewpoint: Leadership during the pandemic

Viewpoint: Leadership during the pandemic

Effective leadership has always been the key differentiator between marginal and exceptional performance. Now more than ever, those in management roles from first line to senior managers across every key function at nuclear plants and facilities worldwide, need to provide strong, inspirational leadership and a clear direction for their workforce, writes Ingemar Engkvist, CEO of the World Association of Nuclear Operators.

23 November 2020


OPG includes SMR plans in net-zero strategy

OPG includes SMR plans in net-zero strategy

Ontario Power Generation has committed to being a net-zero carbon company by 2040, and to help the markets where it operates to achieve net-zero carbon economies by 2050. These are the two major goals established in its newly released Climate Change Plan that aims to drive efficient, economy-wide decarbonisation and economic renewal, while protecting the environment. Siting a small modular reactor at its Darlington site is one of the actions to achieve its aims.

Energy & Environment 27 November 2020


NDA has 'lack of knowledge' of nuclear legacy sites, say MPs

NDA has 'lack of knowledge' of nuclear legacy sites, say MPs

The UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has a "perpetual lack of knowledge" about the state and location of waste on its 17 sites, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee says in a report published today. The NDA should set out how it will develop a clearer means of reporting publicly on the level of uncertainty and risk across its sites, and how it will prioritise work on its sites in order to decommission them in the safest and most efficient way, the committee said.

Waste & Recycling 27 November 2020


Indian regulator gives go-ahead for first concrete at Gorkakhpur

Indian regulator gives go-ahead for first concrete at Gorkakhpur

India's Atomic Energy Regulatory Board has given its consent for the pouring of first concrete for the first two 700 MWe pressurised heavy water reactors to be built at Gorakhpur Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojna in the Fatehabad district of Haryana. The indigenously designed units are to be built by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd.

New Nuclear 27 November 2020


Perspectives

Viewpoint: Leadership during the pandemic

Viewpoint: Leadership during the pandemic

Effective leadership has always been the key differentiator between marginal and exceptional performance. Now more than ever, those in management roles from first line to senior managers across every key function at nuclear plants and facilities worldwide, need to provide strong, inspirational leadership and a clear direction for their workforce, writes Ingemar Engkvist, CEO of the World Association of Nuclear Operators.

23 November 2020


World's first Hualong One unit connects to grid

World's first Hualong One unit connects to grid

Unit 5 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province was today connected to the grid for the first time, at 00:41 local time, China National Nuclear Corporation has announced. The unit - the first of two demonstration Hualong One reactors at the site - had attained a sustained chain reaction for the first time on 21 October.

New Nuclear 27 November 2020


UK Treasury underscores value of new nuclear

UK Treasury underscores value of new nuclear

The UK Treasury said yesterday it is important to consider large-scale nuclear projects in addition to Hinkley Point C if the country is to meet its net-zero by 2050 target. This assessment rejects the advice of the National Infrastructure Commission two years ago that the government should not agree support for more than one nuclear power station beyond HPC, before 2025.

Nuclear Policies 26 November 2020


Stop talking about Utopia, says Tupper

Stop talking about Utopia, says Tupper

The time has come to stop thinking about competition between different energy sources and instead look at how they can work together to achieve climate neutrality, Associate Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada Shawn Tupper said yesterday.

Energy & Environment 26 November 2020


IAEA highlights role of nuclear power in Finland

IAEA highlights role of nuclear power in Finland

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö yesterday discussed the use of nuclear energy in support of climate change goals, nuclear verification and possibilities for cooperation in nuclear safety projects in the Arctic. They also discussed strengthening cooperation between Finland and the IAEA, the upcoming Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and nuclear verification in Iran, including the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plans of Action.

Nuclear Policies 26 November 2020


Australian state completes report on nuclear prohibition

Australian state completes report on nuclear prohibition

An inquiry into potential benefits to Victoria of removing prohibitions on nuclear activities has tabled its final report in the Australian state's parliament. Energy security, stability and accessibility, and the need to lower carbon emissions due to climate change should be the priority, regardless of technology, the report finds.

Nuclear Policies 26 November 2020


Kawasaki Heavy Industries to exit nuclear power business

Kawasaki Heavy Industries to exit nuclear power business

Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with nuclear power maintenance service provider Atox Company Limited regarding the transfer of its nuclear power business to Atox for an undisclosed sum. KHI said it will instead focus on the development of hydrogen technology.

Corporate 26 November 2020


Head of EDF calls for Europe to include nuclear in Green Deal

Head of EDF calls for Europe to include nuclear in Green Deal

The European Commission should include nuclear among the clean energy technologies that will be financed under the Green Deal low-carbon policy, EDF chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy said today in an online chat with International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol. Several European countries, he noted, are relying on nuclear generation to help them meet their energy and climate goals.

Energy & Environment 25 November 2020