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Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico, said the plant would suspend incoming shipments for three weeks beginning January 7, so that maintenance tasks could be done.(read more)
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Australian uranium company Vimy Resources will use the AUD3.0 million (USD2.2 million) it has raised through a share placement to pursue offtake contracts for its Mulga Rock project and exploration work at Alligator River.
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Cavendish Nuclear has been awarded a three-year, multi-million pound contract to dismantle and demolish the oldest reactor on the Dounreay site in Scotland, the Dounreay Materials Test Reactor.
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The China General Nuclear Power Group and French subsidiary of EDF, Framatome, announced Friday that Unit 1 of Taishan nuclear power plant had become the world's first EPR to enter into commercial operation. The announcement was made at a press conference in Beijing.(read more)
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State-owned nuclear fuel manufacturer Enusa Industrias Avanzadas has been awarded a contract to supply 24 reload batches of fuel and associated services by the operators of Spain's five Westinghouse-design pressurised water reactors (PWRs).
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Unit 1 of the Taishan nuclear power plant in Guangdong province has completed all commissioning work and is qualified for commercial operation, China General Nuclear announced yesterday. It becomes the first EPR reactor to reach the milestone.
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The world's supply of uranium is more than adequate to meet projected requirements for the foreseeable future, but investment and technical expertise will be needed to make sure resources can be brought into production in a timely manner, including from mines currently under care and maintenance, according to the latest 'Red Book'.
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Work on the reinforcing of the bed plate of the power unit No 2 reactor building has begun at Kursk NPP-2 ahead of the schedule set by Rosatom State Corporation, the Rosenergoatom subsidiary announced. (read more)
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France's Framatome has completed a project to upgrade the safety instrumentation and control (I&C) system of unit 3 at the Forsmark nuclear power plant in Sweden.
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French nuclear power giant EDF has announced the first major concrete pour for the Hinkley Point C construction project in Somerset, England, that is expected to supply Britain with 7 percent of its electricity for 60 years once it is commissioned.(read more)
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Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL has launched the batch production of mixed uranium-plutonium oxide fuel assemblies for the BN-800 fast neutron reactor.
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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has completed a review of long-term operational safety at the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant at Metsamor.
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Loading of nuclear fuel into unit 4 of the Novovoronezh nuclear power plant in Russia has been completed. The procedure is part of large-scale modernisation work on the VVER-440 reactor.
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Oxford University spin-out company First Light Fusion said this week it would collaborate with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) in a project designed to create a net gain in energy out of a fusion reaction.(read more)
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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that it had accepted the application for a subsequent license renewal for the Surry Power Station reactors located near Surry, Virginia.(read more)
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Bulgaria’s Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova said last week that the country would issue a tender in January seeking a financial partner that would help revive the twice-stalled Belene nuclear power plant project, according to a Reuters report.(read more)
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Kaiga unit 1 has set a new world record for continuous operation of a nuclear power reactor of any type. The pressurised heavy water reactor has now completed 941 unbroken days of operation since 13 May 2016.
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The European Investment Bank has announced a EUR60 million (USD68 million) loan to utility Slovenské Elektrárne to finance investments in nuclear safety at Slovakia's existing Bohunice and Mochovce nuclear power plants.
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First concrete has been poured for the 'common raft' of Hinkley Point C, on which the reactor building and safety systems will be constructed. The major milestone in the construction was announced by EDF Energy today.
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The reactor pressure vessel has been installed at Fuqing unit 6, China's second demonstration Hualong One unit, China National Nuclear Corporation announced today.
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The last known highly enriched uranium in Nigeria has been repatriated to China, leaving the African country HEU-free.
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