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US test reactor programme moves ahead

US test reactor programme moves ahead

The US Department of Energy has approved Critical Decision 1 for the Versatile Test Reactor, meaning the project can now move to the engineering design phase. DOE has requested USD295 million for FY 2021 for the one-of-a-kind facility that would support research and development of innovative nuclear energy and other technologies.

New Nuclear 24 September 2020


Project to downblend Kazakh HEU fuel completed

Project to downblend Kazakh HEU fuel completed

A project to remove the last remaining batch of unirradiated highly enriched uranium fuel from Kazakhstan has been completed in a joint effort by Kazakhstan and the USA, the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has announced. The two nations have also signed a new joint statement reaffirming their intention to continue to work together to support the common goal of minimising nuclear proliferation, ensuring nuclear security and strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime.
 

Regulation & Safety 24 September 2020


IAEA is 'fair and firm' with Iran, says Grossi

IAEA is 'fair and firm' with Iran, says Grossi

The IAEA continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement, and evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities continue, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today in his opening address to the 64th regular session of IAEA General Conference.

Regulation & Safety 21 September 2020


GA delivers HALEU-fuelled reactor concept for Mars mission

GA delivers HALEU-fuelled reactor concept for Mars mission

A design concept for a nuclear thermal propulsion reactor to power future astronaut missions to Mars has exceeded key performance parameters and optimised the reactor for manufacturability, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems has announced. The reactor's features include a compact core thanks to the use of high-assay low-enriched uranium fuel.
 
 

New Nuclear 17 September 2020


TerraPower and Centrus team up for HALEU production

TerraPower and Centrus team up for HALEU production

TerraPower has announced plans to team with nuclear fuel and services provider Centrus Energy to establish commercial-scale, domestic production capabilities for high-assay, low-enriched uranium. This, it says, will be needed to fuel many next-generation reactor designs, including the recently announced Natrium Power Storage System designed by TerraPower and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy.

Uranium & Fuel 16 September 2020


US DOC, Rosatom initial uranium agreement extension

US DOC, Rosatom initial uranium agreement extension

The US Department of Commerce and Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom have initialled a draft amendment to extend the Agreement Suspending the Antidumping Investigation on Uranium from the Russian Federation, which expires this year. The amendment, if finalised, will extend the deal to 2040 and "reduce US reliance on uranium from Russia" for the next 20 years.

Uranium & Fuel 14 September 2020


Dominion Energy applies for North Anna licence extension

Dominion Energy applies for North Anna licence extension

Virginia, USA-based Dominion Energy has filed an application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to renew North Anna Power Station's operating licences for an additional 20-year term. Dominion says approval would mean its customers continue to receive safe, reliable, affordable and carbon-free electricity from the plant until 2060.

Regulation & Safety 07 September 2020


Duke Energy's carbon reduction plans see 'valuable' role for nuclear

Duke Energy's carbon reduction plans see 'valuable' role for nuclear

Integrated Resource Plans filed on 1 September by Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress demonstrate the valuable role nuclear and natural gas can play as part of a balanced portfolio, the two companies said. The plans outline a range of options to achieve varying levels of carbon reduction, including for the first time potential pathways to achieve an emissions reduction of up to 70%.

Energy & Environment 03 September 2020


Work starts on WIPP's biggest ventilation shaft

Work starts on WIPP's biggest ventilation shaft

Excavation work has begun for a new ventilation shaft at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, USA. The start of work on the USD75 million shaft, which is integral to increasing ventilation to the WIPP underground, is a top priority project in the US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management's plans for this year.

Waste & Recycling 03 September 2020


Agreement on ownership of Summer equipment

Agreement on ownership of Summer equipment

Santee Cooper and Westinghouse have finalised terms of a settlement over ownership of equipment associated with the VC Summer units 2 and 3 nuclear power plant project in South Carolina, abandoned in July 2017. The terms give Santee Cooper full ownership of and the ability to begin marketing all non-nuclear equipment immediately.

Corporate 02 September 2020