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Unit 4 of Kyushu Electric Power Company's Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture today became the ninth Japanese reactor to resume power generation. The 1180 MWe pressurised water reactor is expected to re-enter commercial operation in mid-July.
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The US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Nuclear Energy has awarded nearly USD64 million to 89 projects for nuclear energy research, facility access and crosscutting technology and infrastructure development. The funds will be provided to DOE national laboratories, industry and 39 US universities in 29 states.
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The Kyushu Electric Power Company has restarted Unit 4 at the Genkai Nuclear Power Plant in the Saga Prefecture of Japan, the company announced.(read more)
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Eight days after announcing the long-delayed Unit 3 reactor at the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant in Finland would be ready to enter commercial operations in May 2019, the owner of the plant has said that some re-calibrations were needed and some hot functional testing completed in early June would need to be repeated, delaying the unit's expected operational phase by an additional four months.(read more)
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A call to solicit interest in small modular reactors (SMR) in Canada has established a strong response from interested parties, the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) said.(read more)
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President Donald Trump stepped into the debate on securing the national electricity resources by directing grid operators to purchase power from economically troubled nuclear power and coal-fired power plants.(read more)
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The east African nation of nation of Tanzania is poised to enter the market as a uranium producer, but is holding back until the price of the fissile metal rises, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a news release Monday.(read more)
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Framatome's accident-tolerant fuel is now being tested in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory, the US Department of Energy has announced. The fuel is being developed through a US Department of Energy programme which aims to commercialise ATF by 2025.
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Belgium's nuclear power plant operator Electrabel has revised the timetable for scheduled maintenance outages at three of its reactors to check for degradation of concrete in the ceilings of buildings housing back-up safety-related equipment. The extended outages will cost the company some EUR250 million (USD290 million).
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Chen Hua, chairman of the China National Nuclear Power Corporation, has said that the first completed Westinghouse-designed AP1000 reactor would reach first criticality by the end of June and that it remained on track to enter commercial operations status by the end of November, Science Daily reported.(read more)
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Pacific Gas and Electric, owners of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant n San Louis Obispo County near Los Angeles, have met a legal challenge with a verdict in an California appeals court that will permit continued leasing of the property on which the plant sits.(read more)
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A new tool to help national authorities make strategic decisions about the development of nuclear power has been developed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Roadmaps tool can also be used to identify how countries can benefit from innovations in nuclear technology and infrastructure, both nationally and through cooperation with other countries.
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Unit 1 of the Wolsong nuclear power plant will be retired prior to the expiration of its operating licence in 2022, Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power announced today as it also cancelled plans for four new reactors. The move is in line with the South Korean government's policy to phase out the use of nuclear energy.
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A gas pipeline disruption caused by extreme weather or equipment failure could mean prolonged electricity service disruption for large areas of the USA if nuclear power plant retirements continue, according to a new report prepared for the Nuclear Energy Institute.
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Bruce Power has awarded a CAD475 million (USD361 million) contract for the retubing of Bruce 6 - one of the key contracts for its Major Component Replacement (MCR) project - to the Shoreline Power Group, a consortium of Aecon, AECOM and SNC-Lavalin. The joint venture has also signed a Preferred Supplier Agreement under which it could be awarded similar contracts for five further Bruce units.
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The Tokyo Electric Power Company said Thursday that it would begin to formulate a plan to decommission the Fukushima Dai-ni nuclear generating station, a four-unit power plant that is the closest power plant to the Fukushima Dai-ichi facility that suffered three reactor meltdowns in 2011.(read more)
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Westinghouse Electric Company today announced the signing of a contract for manufacture and delivery of boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel to Cofrentes Nuclear Power Plant (CNC) in Spain in 2019 and 2021. CNC is wholly owned by Iberdrola Generación Nuclear S.A.(read more)
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Regular electricity generation at the Olkiluoto 3 EPR in Finland is now expected to begin in September 2019 as commissioning tests will take longer than planned, Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj announced yesterday. According to the previous schedule provided by plant supplier the Areva-Siemens consortium, production was planned to start next May.
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The four reactors at the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant in Japan are likely to be decommissioned, the president of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holding Inc (Tepco) today told the governor of Fukushima Prefecture. However, the company has yet to announce an official decision on the fate of the plant, close to the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant.
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Researchers have successfully used acrylic fibres to extract uranium from seawater in a trial conducted at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The team say the technology, which uses inexpensive material, could be competitive with the costs of land-based uranium mining.
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Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has today approved the decommissioning plan for the country's oldest reprocessing plant. The Japan Atomic Energy Agency announced in September 2014 that it would permanently shut down the reprocessing plant in Tokai, Ibaraki prefecture.
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