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New Jersey legislation clears committees

World Nuclear News - 23 February, 2018 - 18:46
Two New Jersey legislative committees yesterday passed bills that would provide support to nuclear plants facing premature closure. The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee met jointly with the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee to consider Senate Bill 877 and Assembly Bill 2850.

Leningrad II-1 starts power launch phase

World Nuclear News - 23 February, 2018 - 16:17
Unit 1 of the Leningrad Phase II nuclear power plant has entered the power start-up phase, following Russian regulator Rostechnadzor's approval to do so, state nuclear corporation Rosatom announced yesterday. Power start-up entails bringing the unit to 50% of its power generation capacity in preparation for commercial operation.

Austria takes EC to court over Paks decision

World Nuclear News - 23 February, 2018 - 15:19
Austria has launched a lawsuit against the European Commission for its approval of Hungarian state subsidies for the construction of two new reactors at the Paks nuclear power plant.

Some Flamanville-3 Weldings Do Not Meet Standards, Says EDF

Nucnet - 23 February, 2018 - 11:38
23 Feb (NucNet): French state-controlled power group EDF said some weldings on its new Flamanville-3 nuclear reactor did not meet required specifications, but this would not affect safety or the schedule to start up the plant at the end of 2018.

IAEA Marks 200th Osart Review At Spain’s Almaraz Nuclear Station

Nucnet - 23 February, 2018 - 10:41
23 Feb (NucNet): The International Atomic Energy Agency has begun an Operational Safety Review Team (Osart) mission at the two-unit Almaraz nuclear station in central Spain – the 200th review of its kind carried out by the Vienna-based United Nations agency.

IAEA Features its Energy Planning Tools at Global SDG7 Conference

IAEA Top News - 23 February, 2018 - 09:30
At a global conference focused on the role of affordable and clean energy in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the IAEA highlighted its energy modelling and planning tools. These tools, already used by over 135 countries and 20 international organizations, enable experts to plan a country’s energy future – which may or may not include nuclear power.
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South Africa needs to plan for nuclear, says NIASA

World Nuclear News - 22 February, 2018 - 18:12
The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa has today called on the country's energy industry and the government to take a long-term view of energy planning and not be distracted by current oversupply. NIASA's comments were in reaction to yesterday's budget speech by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba.

IAEA Conducts 200th Nuclear Power Plant Operational Safety Review

IAEA Top News - 22 February, 2018 - 16:45
For the 200th time, an IAEA Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) team has arrived at a nuclear power plant – this time in Almaraz, Spain – to review practices important to safety.
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Contract awarded for Vandellós 1 engineering support

World Nuclear News - 22 February, 2018 - 15:58
Westinghouse and EDF will provide engineering services for the dismantling of unit 1 of the Vandellós nuclear power plant under a contract awarded by Spanish decommissioning and waste management firm Enresa.

Interagency Task Force Continues Work on Cervical Cancer

IAEA Top News - 22 February, 2018 - 14:00
An update on the progress of the United Nations (UN) Joint Global Programme on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control was presented at the tenth meeting of the UN Interagency Task Force on Noncommunicable Disease (UNIATF). The meeting, in which 17 different UN organizations were represented, is hosted by the IAEA in Vienna this week.
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China Could Become Dominant Nuclear Producer Within 20 Years, Says IEA Head

Nucnet - 22 February, 2018 - 13:18
22 Feb (NucNet): China is set to more than triple its nuclear energy capacity over the next 20 years, overtaking the US to become the world’s largest nuclear power producer, according to the International Energy Agency.

Hinkley delay would not harm UK energy supply

World Nuclear News - 21 February, 2018 - 16:38
The UK would have enough energy if the Hinkley Point C project faced further delays, but nuclear power remains an essential part of the country's electricity mix, Business Secretary Greg Clark has told a House of Lords committee. The government does not, however, have a specific target for nuclear energy use in the future, he said.

Fuel removal gear in place at Fukushima Daiichi unit

World Nuclear News - 21 February, 2018 - 15:48
A cover has been installed over the fuel handling machine that will help remove fuel from the storage pool of unit 3 of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The removal of the fuel is scheduled to start in mid-2018.

Spanish Industry Group Foro Nuclear Announces Integration With Electrical Association

Nucnet - 21 February, 2018 - 15:16
21 Feb (NucNet): Spanish nuclear industry group Foro Nuclear and the electrical industry association Unesa have agreed to integrate their activities related to nuclear energy, Foro Nuclear said in a statement on 21 February 2018.

NEW CRP: Neutronics Benchmark of CEFR Start-Up Tests (I31032)

IAEA Top News - 21 February, 2018 - 15:00
The IAEA has launched a new coordinated research project aimed at improving Member States' fast reactor simulation analytical capabilities, international validation, and qualification of codes currently employed in the field of fast reactor neutronics.
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Exemption & Authorisation Limits

Nucleonica - 20 February, 2018 - 18:10
Based on the recently released Swiss RPO data (January 2018), this new Nucleonica application provides data on exemption and authorisation limits for radioactive materials. Based on assessment values for dose coefficients for ingestion and inhalation, together with specific dose rates at various tissue depths for external radiation (h10, h0.07, and hc,0.07), values are given for […]
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More SMR vendor design reviews for CNSC

World Nuclear News - 20 February, 2018 - 18:00
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is to conduct pre-licensing vendor design reviews (VDR) of small modular reactor designs from NuScale Power and Westinghouse Electric Company. The reviews of the NuScale SMR and Westinghouse's eVinci micro reactor will incorporate the first two phases of the VDR process.

India ‘Confident’ About Future Of Westinghouse AP1000 Deal, Says Official

Nucnet - 20 February, 2018 - 16:17
20 Feb (NucNet): India is still “confident” that it can successfully conclude a deal with US reactor maker Westinghouse Electric Company to build six Generation III+ AP1000 nuclear power reactors in the country, local media quoted an Indian official as saying.

Dismantling of O2 reactor internals starts soon

World Nuclear News - 20 February, 2018 - 15:49
Work to dismantle the reactor pressure vessel's internals at unit 2 of the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant in Sweden is set to begin at the end of April. Plant operator OKG AB said this will mark the start of the first major decommissioning work at the plant.

Russia's Rostov 4 enters pilot operation

World Nuclear News - 20 February, 2018 - 14:13
Russian regulator Rostechnadzor has issued a licence for the final stage of the start-up procedure - pilot operation - at unit 4 of the Rostov nuclear power plant, which is near the city of Volgodonsk.

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