Nuclear Energy News

  • EDF agrees to buy AREVA nuclear business for $2.7 billion

    French utility Electricite de France SA (EDF) has agreed to buy the nuclear reactor construction business of AREVA for $2.67 billion.  The deal is part of a rescue package the loss-plagued AREVA agreed to earlier this year. EDF will buy as much as 75 percent in AREVA NP, as the construction business is known.  The contract allows AREVA to raise EUR 5 billion  in order to refocus ...

  • Illinois lawmakers introduce massive Exelon energy bill

    Amid vocal opposition, Illinois lawmakers finally introduced a massive energy bill last week backed by Exelon Corp. which would dramatically remake the state’s electricity market. The legislation includes a New York-style provision to subsidize a pair of Exelon nuclear plants which would otherwise be shut down in the next two years.  The bill also implements a mandatory residential ...

  • Unfinished TVA nuclear plant sold at auction for $111 million

    An unfinished nuclear plant in Northeast Alabama has been sold to a D.C.-based developer for $111 million, a fraction of its original cost. Nuclear Development LLC, formed by Chattanooga business mogul Franklin L. Haney, has acquired Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Bellefonte Nuclear Power plant, an abandoned twin-reactor complex currently occupying 1,600 acres along the Tennessee River. ...

  • Geovariances has been actively involved in EPRI geostatistics guide

    Earlier this year, the American EPRI has published a guide for using geostatistics in developing a site final status survey program for plant decommissioning. This report examines the use of geostatistical approaches that exploit spatial relationships to develop a three-dimensional contamination map based on measurement results from discrete points. The report presents a conceptual ...


    By Geovariances

  • Safety fears rock France’s nuclear power base

    Nearly a third of France’s nuclear reactors have been shut down by industry regulators as revelations emerge about the supply of sub-standard parts. As investigations into falsified documents and excess quantities of carbon in steel continue, more closures are expected. This is not yet a full-blown crisis for the nuclear industry, but it is putting serious strain on the finances ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Europe’s nuclear club slows emissions cuts

    The prospect of using nuclear energy appears to deter European countries from adopting renewable technologies such as wind and solar, and from introducing energy efficiency measures. Researchers say they found that countries in Europe intending to build new nuclear power stations have a poorer record of reducing their carbon emissions than those that have rejected the technology. Europe has a ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Sulzer to Supply Feedwater Pumps for Nuclear Reactor in China

    Sulzer has been awarded a contract for the delivery of main feedwater pumps and start-up feedwater pumps. The pumps will be installed in two nuclear reactors — Hualong No. 1 reactors — in China, owned by China Nuclear Power Engineering Company, Ltd. (CNPEC). Sulzer received this order in May 2016 and will complete the delivery of the equipment by the end of 2019. Sulzer will deliver ...


    By Sulzer

  • Nuclear records paper over flaws

    The nuclear industry is celebrating breaking records that have stood for a quarter of a century − but a new update on its successes still fails to disperse the clouds over its future. Ten new nuclear reactors came on line last year worldwide, and more new reactors are being built than at any time since 1990. According to the  ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Nuclear plants face crisis of ageing

    Life extensions to nuclear plants in Europe and North America are repeatedly being granted by safety regulators. But, according to nuclear plant owners, 25% of parts are now obsolete, so keeping the reactors going is becoming an increasing problem as components wear out. This is the background to the Nuclear Power Plant ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Japan pays high price for ‘silo’ science

    Lack of scientific co-operation with other countries has cost Japan “trillions of yen” in expensive solar power because the country did not learn from the experience of other countries before rushing to install it, analysts say. This is one example they give in a report in Nature ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Big push for small nuclear reactors

    Concerns are being raised about the billions of dollars being spent on research to design and build small nuclear reactors for electricity production The world’s big powers are in a race to build a new series of small reactors, which they believe will combine with renewables to create a low-carbon future for the planet. Small modular reactors (SMRs) have hardly been heard of by the public, ...


    By Climate News Network

  • EI SWSW branch Young Professionals Network holds event on nuclear technology

    The South Western and South Wales (SWSW) branch Young Professionals Network (YPN) recently held an event on 'Nuclear is for life: a cultural revolution'. Professor Wade Allison, Emeritus Professor of Physics and Fellow of Keble College at the University of Oxford gave a talk on medical and nuclear physics, raising questions about the current international perception of nuclear technology ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Critics decry radioactive leak at New York nuclear plant

    A leak of radioactive material into the groundwater below a nuclear power station in New York City's suburbs highlights a chronic problem with the nation's atomic plants, some watchdogs said. New testing has shown that the amount of tritium in the groundwater below the Indian Point power plant in Buchanan, New York, is about 740 times the amount allowed in drinking water, though officials said ...


    By Associated Press

  • China faces nuclear energy choice: reprocess or not?

    China is coming to a crossroads as it hurriedly increases nuclear power production to cope with rising electricity demand and cut carbon emissions: Should it reprocess its nuclear waste or store it? Nonproliferation advocates warn that recycling waste would generate weapons-usable plutonium, posing a security risk and potentially stirring a nuclear rivalry in East Asia. A new Harvard University ...


    By Associated Press

  • Nuclear valve actuator maintenance programme explained

    Since the 1960s Rotork Hiller has been a key supplier of safety-related actuators for the nuclear power industry, with a focus on Main Steam Isolation Valve (MSIV) and Main Feedwater Isolation Valve (MFIV) applications. During this time Hiller’s maintenance programme has been developed, refined and successfully utilised by many commercial nuclear power plant operators. Major benefits ...


    By Rotork

  • Japan regulator wants plutonium reactor operator replaced

    Japan's nuclear regulator issued a rare warning Friday to the science minister, telling him to disqualify the operator of a plutonium-fueled reactor plagued with a poor safety record, a step that could finally shut it down. The Monju plant was once considered a "dream reactor" that would make use of the plutonium produced by Japan's regular uranium-fueled reactors as a byproduct in their spent ...


    By Associated Press

  • Fact Sheet: The Fourth Meeting of the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation

    The fourth meeting of the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation (the Bilateral Commission) was held on November 4, 2015, in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and Japan’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Shinsuke Sugiyama leading the discussions as Co-Chairs.  The delegations included participants representing a ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Nuclear plants dip into dismantling funds to pay for waste

    With a federal promise to take highly radioactive spent fuel from nuclear plants still unfulfilled, closed reactors are dipping into funds set aside for their eventual dismantling to build waste storage on-site, raising questions about whether there will be enough money when the time comes. It violates Nuclear Regulatory Commission rules for the plants to take money from their decommissioning ...


    By Associated Press

  • EDF Energy approves Rotork IQ3 valve actuators for nuclear balance of plant duties

    Following an in-depth Modest Integrity Assessment (MIG), EDF Energy has approved Rotork IQ3 non-intrusive intelligent valve actuators for balance of plant applications within its nuclear power stations. EDF Energy operates nuclear power stations around the world, including eight in the UK, where it hopes to build four more reactors at two ...


    By Rotork

  • EDF Energy approves Rotork IQ3 valve actuators for nuclear balance of plant duties

    Following an in-depth Modest Integrity Assessment (MIG), EDF Energy has approved Rotork IQ3 non-intrusive intelligent valve actuators for balance of plant applications within its nuclear power stations. EDF Energy operates nuclear power stations around the world, including eight in the UK, where it hopes to build four more reactors at two sites. Balance of plant areas ...


    By Rotork

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