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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...

Byron Nuclear Station gets new resident inspector

18 October 2014

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission selected Jason Draper as the new resident inspector at the Byron Nuclear Power Plant in Byron, Illinois, approximately 17 miles southwest of Rockford. The nuclear power facility is operated by Exelon Generation Co.

Draper joined the NRC in 2007 as a reactor engineer in Region III.... Read more...

European Commission nod for Hinkley Point C NPP

17 October 2014

Horizon Nuclear Power welcomed the announcement from the European Commission, which helps clears the way for EDF’s new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C.

Following an inquiry and consultation by the Commission into the terms of EDF’s Investment Contract with the UK Government, the Commission has ruled that the modified contract is compatible with European Union State Aid rules.... Read more...

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