Related Topic: Small Modular Reactors

UK government support for modular reactor deployment

UK government support for modular reactor deployment

The UK government has announced an investment of GBP40 million (USD50 million) in the development of advanced modular reactors and small modular reactors. A government-commissioned report, meanwhile, has made recommendations for boosting the capability of the UK's nuclear R&D sector and domestic supply chain to support future AMR deployment.

New Nuclear 13 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


Secretariat set up for Saskatchewan SMR deployment

Secretariat set up for Saskatchewan SMR deployment

The government of Saskatchewan has announced the establishment of an office to help in the planning and development of small modular reactors (SMR) in the Canadian province. It said the new office will "coordinate nuclear policy and programme work" within the Climate Change and Adaptation Division in the Ministry of Environment.

New Nuclear 25 June 2020


NRC to begin first-of-a-kind licence review

NRC to begin first-of-a-kind licence review

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted for review Oklo Power LLC's combined licence application to build and operate its Aurora reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory site in Idaho. This is the first combined construction and operating licence application - known as a COL - for an advanced fission technology to be accepted for NRC review.

Regulation & Safety 16 June 2020


South Africa starts consultations on nuclear new build

South Africa starts consultations on nuclear new build

South Africa's Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has issued a Request for Information to enable it to assess nuclear technologies that could be considered for a national programme to build 2500 MWe of new nuclear capacity. The programme could include conventional pressurised water reactors, small modular reactors or a blend of technologies.

New Nuclear 15 June 2020


Joint venture created for Chalk River MMR project​

Joint venture created for Chalk River MMR project​

A joint venture has been formed between Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation and Ontario Power Generation to build, own and operate the proposed Micro Modular Reactor project at the Chalk River Laboratories site. The joint venture - the Global First Power Limited Partnership - is owned equally by OPG and USNC-Power, the Canadian subsidiary of USNC.

New Nuclear 10 June 2020


Viewpoint: How oil & gas majors could turn the tide against global warming

Viewpoint: How oil & gas majors could turn the tide against global warming

In the early stages of the nuclear power industry, some oil & gas majors entered the uranium industry, but their interest in nuclear power projects is rare, with Total's bid for the Barakah project in 2009 one of the few recent examples. Are these instances historical footnotes, or might there be a role for OGMs in the nuclear power industry today, even considering the current pandemic and overall market conditions, write Amjad Ghori, Melissa Hersh, Edward Kee, Paul Murphy and Xavier Rollat.

Perspectives 12 June 2020


US Department of Energy backs proposed SMR regulation

US Department of Energy backs proposed SMR regulation

The US Department of Energy "strongly supports" the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's proposal to apply risk-based emergency preparedness requirements to small modular reactors (SMRs) and other new technologies. DOE said the NRC's proposed rule is "the next step in determining the appropriate Emergency Planning Zone size for SMRs and is crucial for the US nuclear industry and the overall development of the technology".

Regulation & Safety 05 June 2020


Japanese gas-cooled reactor clear for restart

Japanese gas-cooled reactor clear for restart

Japan Atomic Energy Agency has today received permission from the Nuclear Regulation Authority to make changes to the reactor installation of the High-Temperature Test Reactor in conformity with revised safety requirements. This marks the first time a restart permission has been granted for a Japanese gas-cooled reactor.

Regulation & Safety 03 June 2020


Russia commissions floating NPP

Russia commissions floating NPP

The floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov has been fully commissioned in Pevek, which is in the Chukotka region of Russia's Far East. The milestone was made official following the approval of Rosenergoatom General Director Andrey Petrov. Rosenergoatom is the operator subsidiary of the state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

New Nuclear 22 May 2020