Related Topic: Decommissioning

Japan, UK team up for nuclear robotics and automation research

Japan, UK team up for nuclear robotics and automation research

The UK and Japan have signed a research and technology deployment collaboration agreement to help automate nuclear decommissioning and aspects of fusion energy production. The collaboration is expected to lead to new robotics and automation techniques used in Japan and the UK.

Nuclear Policies 20 January 2021


US environmental cleanup mission shares 2020 scorecard

US environmental cleanup mission shares 2020 scorecard

The US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management has released a "scorecard" reflecting its accomplishment of the "vast majority" of its 2020 priorities amid the federal government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. EM said it is now positioned for a decade of "transformational progress" in its mission to clean up the environmental legacy from decades of US nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

Waste & Recycling 14 January 2021


Pre-demolition work starts at Lawrence Livermore reactor

Pre-demolition work starts at Lawrence Livermore reactor

Workers have begun activities to prepare for the demolition of a nuclear reactor at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in California, the Office of Environmental Management at the US Department of Energy announced on 22 December. A team from EM, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the US Army Corp Engineers performed core drilling, surveying, sampling, and a study of potential demolition impacts last month.

Waste & Recycling 05 January 2021


Westinghouse to dismantle Ågesta reactor

Westinghouse to dismantle Ågesta reactor

Westinghouse will segment the reactor at the Ågesta nuclear power plant near Stockholm, Sweden, under a contract signed with Vattenfall. The country's first commercial power reactor - it operated between 1964 and 1974 - the R3 heavy water reactor supplied electricity and district heating to the Stockholm suburb of Farsta.

Waste & Recycling 21 December 2020


Ukraine loads more RBMK fuel into Interim Storage Facility

Ukraine loads more RBMK fuel into Interim Storage Facility

Holtec International has announced that the second double-walled canister had been loaded with RBMK reactor used nuclear fuel into the Chernobyl nuclear power plant site’s Interim Storage Facility in Ukraine yesterday.

Waste & Recycling 15 December 2020


Dismantling of Mülheim-Kärlich steam generators completed

Dismantling of Mülheim-Kärlich steam generators completed

Industrial services provider Bilfinger has completed the dismantling of the two steam generators at the shutdown Mülheim-Kärlich nuclear power plant in Germany. Bilfinger, which was contracted by plant owner RWE in 2017, dismantled the steam generators in situ. Each of them measured around 23 metres in height, 4 metres in diameter and 450 tonnes in weight.

Waste & Recycling 15 December 2020


EnergySolutions takes over TMI-2 licence

EnergySolutions takes over TMI-2 licence

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the transfer of unit 2 of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant and the corresponding possession-only licence from FirstEnergy Corp subsidiaries GPU Nuclear, Metropolitan Edison Company, Jersey Central Power & Light Company, and Pennsylvania Electric Company to a subsidiary of EnergySolutions known as TMI-2 Solutions. In addition to the NRC approval, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has approved the sale of TMI-2 to TMI-2 Solutions.

Waste & Recycling 03 December 2020


NDA has 'lack of knowledge' of nuclear legacy sites, say MPs

NDA has 'lack of knowledge' of nuclear legacy sites, say MPs

The UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has a "perpetual lack of knowledge" about the state and location of waste on its 17 sites, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee says in a report published today. The NDA should set out how it will develop a clearer means of reporting publicly on the level of uncertainty and risk across its sites, and how it will prioritise work on its sites in order to decommission them in the safest and most efficient way, the committee said.

Waste & Recycling 27 November 2020


NRC approves Indian Point licence transfer

NRC approves Indian Point licence transfer

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the transfer of the Indian Point nuclear power plant's licences from Entergy Nuclear Operations to Holtec International, as owner, and Holtec Decommissioning International, as decommissioning operator. The transfer will help facilitate the sale of the plant from Entergy to Holtec for expedited decommissioning after the final operating unit shuts down in April next year.

Regulation & Safety 25 November 2020


UK's Hinkley Point B to be retired by July 2022

UK's Hinkley Point B to be retired by July 2022

EDF announced today its "proactive decision" to move the Hinkley Point B nuclear power plant into the defuelling phase, no later than 15 July 2022. The plant, which is in Somerset, England has been in operation for 45 years.

Corporate 19 November 2020