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Nuclear's role recognised in US decarbonisation plan

Nuclear's role recognised in US decarbonisation plan

The US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis has released a report establishing a goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy-wide in the USA by no later than 2050. The Climate Crisis Action Plan includes support to keep existing nuclear plants operating and calls for Congressional support for the development of advanced nuclear technologies.

Energy & Environment 02 July 2020


BWXT wins contract to expand TRISO production

BWXT wins contract to expand TRISO production

Idaho National Laboratory has awarded BWX Technologies Inc a USD26 million, 20-month contract to expand and upgrade its manufacturing line for TRISO nuclear fuel. The award, to BWXT Nuclear Operations Group, Inc, will expand its capacity for the manufacture of TRISO fuel compacts and also upgrade existing systems for delivering production-scale quantities of the fuel, BWXT said.

Uranium & Fuel 02 July 2020


Containment building of first Akkuyu unit takes shape

Containment building of first Akkuyu unit takes shape

The installation of the second tier of the reactor building's internal containment has been completed at unit 1 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Mersin province, southern Turkey. The inner containment is one of the critical components of unit's safety systems, which prevent the release of radioactive materials to the environment, said JSC Akkuyu Nuklear.

New Nuclear 02 July 2020


LTO essential for cost-effective climate benefits of nuclear

LTO essential for cost-effective climate benefits of nuclear

More governments must introduce policies to support the long-term operation of nuclear power plants to maximise the environmental, employment and economic benefits they bring, the World Nuclear Association said yesterday on the publication of its new technical position paper The Enduring Value of Nuclear Energy Assets.

Energy & Environment 01 July 2020


Paks II construction licence application submitted

Paks II construction licence application submitted

The construction licence application for two VVER-1200 reactors at the existing Paks site was submitted to the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority yesterday by Paks II Limited. The regulator said it has 12 months in which to make a decision on the application, but this period can be extended by three months if required.

New Nuclear 01 July 2020


New nuclear will ensure France's energy security, SFEN says

New nuclear will ensure France's energy security, SFEN says

A failure to renew France's fleet of nuclear power reactors will have consequences as soon as 2030 for not only the country's energy security but also its climate targets, according to the French nuclear energy society (SFEN). Nuclear power plants, with a combined capacity of 62 GWe, currently account for more than 70% of the country's electricity generation.

Nuclear Policies 01 July 2020


Nuclear at heart of proposed Moorside clean energy hub

Nuclear at heart of proposed Moorside clean energy hub

A group of major companies, trade unions and individuals have launched an initiative to develop a Clean Energy Hub centred on a package of nuclear projects at Moorside in Cumbria, north-west England. The proposal is based on projects including a new 3.2 GW UK EPR plant, as well as small modular reactors and advanced modular reactors, with links to technologies including renewables and hydrogen production.

New Nuclear 30 June 2020


France completes closure of Fessenheim plant

France completes closure of Fessenheim plant

French utility EDF yesterday permanently shut down unit 2 of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant in eastern France as scheduled. Its closure, together with that of unit 1 in February, was necessary under the country's energy transition law before EDF can bring new nuclear capacity online.

Corporate 30 June 2020


X-energy and NFI team up to supply HTGR fuel

X-energy and NFI team up to supply HTGR fuel

US company X-energy has announced it is to be the exclusive counterparty to supply fuel to Japan's high-temperature gas-cooled reactor under a teaming arrangement with Nuclear Fuel Industries of Japan.

Uranium & Fuel 30 June 2020


OPG terminates environmental assessment process for repository

OPG terminates environmental assessment process for repository

Ontario Power Generation has formally withdrawn its site preparation and construction licence application for a deep geologic repository for low and intermediate-level waste at the Bruce nuclear site. It has also terminated the federal environmental assessment process for the repository.

Waste & Recycling 29 June 2020