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Italy approves dismantling of Latina plant

Italy approves dismantling of Latina plant

Italy's Ministry of Economic Development recently issued a decree authorising Societa Gestione Impianti Nucleari SpA to begin the initial phase of decommissioning the Latina nuclear power plant. The Latina plant is the last of the four Italian nuclear power plants to obtain a decommissioning decree.

Waste & Recycling 02 June 2020


Atomenergomash completes components for Bangladesh, India projects​

Atomenergomash completes components for Bangladesh, India projects​

Russia's AEM Technologies has made its first batch of piping valves for Bangladesh's first nuclear power plant, Atomenergomash has announced. Meanwhile, another Atomenergomash subsidiary - OKB Gidropress - has shipped components for the reactor control and protection system for India's Kudankulam 4.

New Nuclear 02 June 2020


Foundation completed for Hinkley Point C unit 2

Foundation completed for Hinkley Point C unit 2

Construction of the 49,000-tonne concrete basemat for the nuclear island of the second unit at Hinkley Point C has been completed. EDF Energy said the milestone had coincided with its ambition to spend GBP1.5 billion (USD1.9 billion) with regional businesses in South-West England five years ahead of target.

New Nuclear 01 June 2020


Euratom Supply Agency marks diamond anniversary

Euratom Supply Agency marks diamond anniversary

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the continued operations of the Euratom Supply Agency. When the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) was established in 1958, its founding Treaty of Rome recognised the necessity to ensure a regular and equitable supply of nuclear materials to all consumers in the Community.

Uranium & Fuel 01 June 2020


EU and others 'regret' US decision on Iran sanctions

EU and others 'regret' US decision on Iran sanctions

The European Union plus France, Germany and the UK have said they "deeply regret" the USA's decision to end three sanction waivers covering Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action projects in Iran. Separately, a spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry said the US decision "hampers" international non-proliferation progress.

Nuclear Policies 01 June 2020


Nuclear must be part of a post-virus and low-carbon recovery

Nuclear must be part of a post-virus and low-carbon recovery

Investing in nuclear power as part of the post-virus recovery would help stimulate the economy and ease the path towards carbon neutrality, World Nuclear Association said on 29 May, following the ministerial roundtable on Mobilising Investments for Secure and Sustainable Power Systems that was co-hosted earlier that day by the International Energy Agency and the UK government.

Energy & Environment 01 June 2020


Czech state offers to pay 70% of Dukovany unit cost

Czech state offers to pay 70% of Dukovany unit cost

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told reporters in Prague yesterday that the government will provide a loan to ČEZ to cover 70% of the cost of building a new unit at the Dukovany nuclear power plant, with the majority state-owned utility funding the remaining 30%. The project cost is estimated to be about EUR6.0 billion (USD6.7 billion), ČEZ CEO Daniel Beneš told the ČTK news agency, following the press conference.

New Nuclear 29 May 2020


Assembly of ITER fusion machine gets under way

Assembly of ITER fusion machine gets under way

The 1250-tonne steel base of the cryostat - which will insulate the magnetic system at cryogenic temperature from the outside environment - has been installed at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) at Cadarache in south-eastern France. The milestone marks the installation of the first and heaviest component of the ITER fusion machine.

New Nuclear 29 May 2020


NWMO to begin field studies at Canadian repository site

NWMO to begin field studies at Canadian repository site

The Canadian Radioactive Waste Management Organisation will focus its activities in South Bruce, Ontario on safety and protecting the environment, the organisation said last week in an update to local stakeholders. The NWMO is planning to begin field studies later this year at the potential repository site to determine whether it meets the project's safety requirements.

Waste & Recycling 28 May 2020


IAEA equips Belarus with mobile radiation monitoring lab

IAEA equips Belarus with mobile radiation monitoring lab

The International Atomic Energy Agency has provided Belarus with a mobile laboratory for assessing radiological threats associated with forest fires in the Polessie State Radio-Ecological Reserve, adjacent to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Recent fires in the exclusion zone did not lead to a hazardous increase in air-borne radioactive particles.

Regulation & Safety 28 May 2020