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GMB champions new nuclear plants in Brussels

25 October 2014

GMB, the union for nuclear industry workers, met influential decision makers in Brussels to discuss new nuclear power stations in West Cumbria and other parts of the UK.

Gary Smith, GMB National Secretary for energy, and Edwin Dinsdale, GMB representative from Sellafield met the EU Commission’s Energy official leading on the internal market for electricity, gas, coal and oil, senior officials from the EU Commission Directorate General for Competition for State Aid and the UK Government Representative to the EU for Competition and State aid.

Gary Smith, GMB national secretary for energy, said: “GMB continues to press the case for new nuclear plants across the UK following the European Commission’s decision about Hinkley Point C.” The EC decision was crucial in clearing the way for construction to begin on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.... Read more...

ROSATOM eyes medium nuclear power generation

22 October 2014

ROSATOM launched a program of small and medium nuclear power generation development in Russia. This decision was made at the level of top management of the state corporation, said Deputy CEO of ROSATOM Vyacheslav Pershukov.

There is a need in small and medium-size power reactors in the regions, which have poor grid infrastructure, remote regions where fuel supplies from outside are complicated.... Read more...

Japan opens new nuclear risk centre

20 October 2014

A nuclear risk research centre has been established in Japan to carry out research and development necessary for utilities to improve safety on their own initiative.

The Nuclear Risk Research Centre (NRRC), set up by Japan's Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) in Tokyo, was officially opened on 1 October.... Read more...

AREVA, EPZ sign used nuclear fuel transport deal

19 October 2014

AREVA and EPZ signed a contract for the supply of three next-generation TN 17 MAX casks. The contract is part of an agreement signed by the two companies in 2011 for used fuel recycling, and covers the transportation of nuclear materials.

The TN 17 MAX casks are made of special steel and are specifically designed for the transportation of used nuclear fuel.... Read more...

Polish nuclear joint venture gets antitrust approval

19 October 2014

Poland's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (OCCP) has approved the formation of a joint venture between three utilities and a mining company to build the country’s first nuclear power plant.

In July 2012, copper miner KGHM Polska Miedź and power utilities Tauron Polska Energia and Enea, which are 31.8%, 30% and 51.5% state-owned, respectively, agreed to take minority stakes in the USD 10.3B–11.3B project with Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE).... Read more...

Nuclear Energy Ontario’s Best Choice for Clean Electric

18 October 2014

Nuclear energy outperforms wind and natural gas in slowing the advance of climate change, the Canadian Nuclear Association said. The nuclear association released an independent study by the engineering firm Hatch, which compared greenhouse gas (GHG) and other emissions from nuclear power plants, wind farms, natural gas plants and wind farms backed by natural gas plants.

“Ontario wisely chose to build an electrical system that is emissions-free”, said Dr John Barrett, president of the Canadian Nuclear Association.... Read more...

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