COVID-19

COVID-19
Post-COVID recovery brings decarbonisation opportunity

Post-COVID recovery brings decarbonisation opportunity

The world's response to COVID-19 is also an opportunity to meet strategic goals that include reducing carbon emissions and attaining a healthier, more sustainable environment, while ensuring economic recovery, the leaders of the Canadian Nuclear Association and World Nuclear Association said yesterday.

Covid-19 05 June 2020


European recovery plan omits nuclear

European recovery plan omits nuclear

Foratom said today it "regrets" that the European Commission has ignored the need for nuclear power as a clean, dispatchable and European source of energy in its green recovery plan published today. These three elements are essential, it says, if the EU really wants to decarbonise its economy, create jobs and ensure that citizens, hospitals and businesses have access to the energy they need when they need it.

Covid-19 27 May 2020


Ontario supply chain delivers for COVID-19 response

Ontario supply chain delivers for COVID-19 response

Bruce Power will be carrying out a second harvest of cobalt-60, which is used to sterilise medical equipment, as part of the company's COVID-19 response, CEO Mike Rencheck said yesterday. An initiative launched three weeks ago to leverage Ontario's nuclear supply chain in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is already delivering results, he said.

Covid-19 22 May 2020


Nuclear regulators examine response to pandemic

Nuclear regulators examine response to pandemic

The nuclear sector has reacted quickly and effectively to the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic without compromising safety, security or non-proliferation, panellists in a webinar hosted by the UAE Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation said yesterday. They also considered how to apply lessons learned in the post-pandemic era.

Covid-19 20 May 2020


Leningrad II-2 start-up postponed to April 2021

Leningrad II-2 start-up postponed to April 2021

Rosatom has applied to delay by two months the commissioning of unit 2 of the Leningrad II nuclear power plant in western Russian owing to the departure from the country of foreign workers installing diesel generators at the site. According to a report by Russian newspaper Kommersant yesterday, Rosatom considers their exit - owing to safety considerations amid the coronavirus pandemic - to be force majeure and has requested to be released from any fine for not being able to meet its obligations to add the unit's generating capacity to the wholesale market.

Covid-19 19 May 2020


IAEA's COVID-19 funding reaches EUR22 million

IAEA's COVID-19 funding reaches EUR22 million

UPDATED An initiative by the International Atomic Energy Agency to help some 120 countries contain the COVID-19 pandemic has received strong extrabudgetary backing from Member States, with voluntary pledges so far totalling around EUR22 million (USD24 million). Japanese pharmaceutical firm Takeda has also committed to donate almost USD5 million.

Covid-19 12 May 2020


Cameco to resume operation of Ontario facilities

Cameco to resume operation of Ontario facilities

Canadian uranium producer Cameco will next week resume production at its Port Hope Conversion Facility's uranium hexafluoride plant and its Blind River Refinery in Ontario. The Cigar Lake uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan, in which it holds a majority stake, will remain in care and maintenance.

Covid-19 11 May 2020


Ontario nuclear supply chain joins COVID-19 response

Ontario nuclear supply chain joins COVID-19 response

Bruce Power yesterday launched an initiative to leverage the supply chain developed for the Bruce Life Extension Programme to assist in the province's fight against the coronavirus and to help the economic recovery. The Bruce Power Retooling and Economic Recovery Council will include all of Bruce Power’s Ontario-based suppliers and will focus on the continued retooling of the supply chain to meet frontline COVID-19 needs.
 

Covid-19 01 May 2020


Radiation effective for PPE, but not masks, says IAEA

Radiation effective for PPE, but not masks, says IAEA

Radiation is an "effective and established" tool to sterilise personal protective equipment (PPE) that is in high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, except for respiratory face masks as it weakens their filters, the International Atomic Energy Agency said yesterday.

Covid-19 01 May 2020


IEA charts COVID-19 decline in global energy demand and emissions

IEA charts COVID-19 decline in global energy demand and emissions

Overall energy demand will fall 6% in 2020, while demand for electricity is set to decline by 5%, according to a report by the International Energy Agency assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global energy system. Global carbon dioxide emissions are expected to decline by almost 8% compared with 2019.

Covid-19 30 April 2020