Nuclear Policies

Nuclear Policies
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


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 Niinist√∂ 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


India, USA extend nuclear cooperation partnership

India, USA extend nuclear cooperation partnership

India and the USA have extended their Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation on the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership by 10 years. The centre - officially opened in 2017 - supports international cooperation in nuclear energy applications.

Nuclear Policies 25 November 2020


Electrabel calls for clarity on Belgian phase-out

Electrabel calls for clarity on Belgian phase-out

Electrabel - the Belgian subsidiary of French utility Engie - says it will not make any further investments at Doel unit 4 and Tihange unit 3 unless it is clearer whether the reactors will or will not be allowed to operate beyond 2025. A report due out at the end of next year may lead to the reactors being allowed to continue operating to ensure Belgium's energy security.

Nuclear Policies 20 November 2020


UK industry looks for clarity on large plant support

UK industry looks for clarity on large plant support

The UK's Nuclear Industry Association has welcomed the government's confirmation yesterday that nuclear power will play a role in achieving the country's net zero by 2050 target, but says clarity is still needed on large-scale projects. In its Ten Point Plan, the government refers to such support as being "subject to value-for-money".

Nuclear Policies 19 November 2020


EU reiterates support for JCPoA, expresses concern

EU reiterates support for JCPoA, expresses concern

The European Union has expressed its "resolute commitment to and continued support for" the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in a statement to the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors. It expressed concern about Iran's continued accumulation of low enriched uranium in excess of JCPoA thresholds.

Nuclear Policies 18 November 2020


UK includes new nuclear in 'green industrial revolution'

UK includes new nuclear in 'green industrial revolution'

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled a 10-point plan that he says can be "a global template" for delivering net-zero emissions. Point 3 of the plan is the government's commitment to develop new nuclear power, from large-scale to small and advanced modular reactors. This includes investment of GBP525 million (USD696 million) for "the next generation of small and advanced reactors".

Nuclear Policies 18 November 2020


US Senate committee includes uranium reserve in FY2021 allocations

US Senate committee includes uranium reserve in FY2021 allocations

Fiscal 2021 allocations released yesterday by the US Senate Committee on Appropriations include USD150 million to initiate the uranium reserve programme to address challenges to the production of domestic uranium. The bills provide appropriations for the fiscal year running from 1 October, 2020 to 30 September, 2021 and also include continued funding for the Advanced Reactors Demonstration Program.

Nuclear Policies 12 November 2020


Iranian parliament orders increase in uranium enrichment

Iranian parliament orders increase in uranium enrichment

The Iranian parliament yesterday approved a bill requiring the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran to produce at least 120 kg of 20% enriched uranium annually at the Fordow nuclear site, FARS news agency reports. AEOI is required to start this process within two months and store the enriched uranium inside the country.

Nuclear Policies 04 November 2020