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Industries can share lessons from decommissioning, says NDA report

Industries can share lessons from decommissioning, says NDA report

The UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has produced an overview of the Cross-industry Learning initiative series of workshops it has been having over the last two years. Each workshop has been based on a series of themes of common interest originally agreed with the Oil and Gas Authority, but now more than 100 organisations, including authorities, academics and regulators have benefitted from sharing "what good looks like, and occasionally what it doesn’t", the NDA said.

Waste & Recycling 04 June 2020


ANS calls for US regulatory action on reprocessing

ANS calls for US regulatory action on reprocessing

The American Nuclear Society has called on the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to take action on reprocessing and recycling of used nuclear fuel, saying the lack of an efficient, technically robust, and technology-inclusive regulatory foundation is a barrier to innovation, especially for vendors of advanced nuclear reactors.

Waste & Recycling 04 June 2020


IAEA launches tool for enhancing safety culture

IAEA launches tool for enhancing safety culture

The International Atomic Energy Agency's newly-published Harmonised Safety Culture Model describes the traits and attributes that are observed when a strong culture for safety is present. The model, it says, is a comprehensive tool intended for all organisations that deal directly or indirectly with ionizing radiation, enabling them to set goals, implement changes, and measure progress.

Regulation & Safety 04 June 2020


Industry urges EC to recognise nuclear’s role in economic recovery

Industry urges EC to recognise nuclear’s role in economic recovery

The European nuclear industry has written an open letter to the European Commission, saying it is ready to play an important part in supporting a low-carbon economic revival. The letter, addressed to EC President Ursula von der Leyen, European Parliament President David Maria Sassoli and European Council President Charles Michel, was signed by 25 companies and 14 associations, including European nuclear trade body Foratom.

Nuclear Policies 03 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


EDF terminates nuclear electricity supply contracts

EDF terminates nuclear electricity supply contracts

French utility EDF has notified three energy suppliers - Alpiq, Gazel Energie and Total Direct Energie - of the termination of their contracts under a mechanism that allows rival suppliers to buy electricity produced by EDF's nuclear power plants. The suppliers had sought to invoke the force majeure clause in their supply contracts with EDF.

Corporate 03 June 2020


JV formed to upgrade Kashiwazaki-Kariwa unit 6

JV formed to upgrade Kashiwazaki-Kariwa unit 6

Tepco Holdings Corporation and Toshiba Energy Systems Corporation have agreed to establish a joint venture company to conduct safety upgrade work at unit 6 of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant. Tepco plans to restart units 6 and 7 of the plant, which is in Japan's Niigata Prefecture.

Corporate 03 June 2020


First RPV removed in Bohunice V1 decommissioning

First RPV removed in Bohunice V1 decommissioning

The programme to decommission the Bohunice V1 nuclear power plant in the Slovak Republic has achieved a major milestone, with the successful removal of the first reactor pressure vessel that will now permit remote dismantling of the facility, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development announced today.

Waste & Recycling 03 June 2020


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