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The first cask containing used nuclear fuel from the Sizewell B pressurised water reactor has been placed within the unit's new dry fuel store. The milestone marks the first use of dry used fuel storage technology in the UK.
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Construction work at Barakah 3 in the United Arab Emirates has passed two milestones with the completion of reactor coolant loop pipe welding and the reactor containment building dome structure. The coolant loop work has set a new industry benchmark for quality in pipe welding.
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Paladin Energy Limited plans to start arbitration proceedings against CNNC Overseas Uranium Holdings Ltd (CNNC Overseas) amid indications it will seek to acquire Paladin's interest in the Langer Heinrich uranium mine in Namibia. CNNC Overseas bought a 25% joint venture equity stake in Langer Heinrich for 0 million in January 2014.
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China General Nuclear and the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board have extended their cooperation in the development of nuclear energy in the African country with the signing of two new agreements.
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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it had begun a special inspection of the Turkey Point Nuclear Plant near Homestead, Florida, to review particulars involving failure of a safety-related electrical bus that resulted in the plant declaring an alert.(read more)
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Six years after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami events, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), owner of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, is seeking partners to help develop technology that would move the massive decommissioning project forward(read more)
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UK regulators expect to complete the Generic Design Assessment of the AP1000 and the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) in March and December this year, respectively. They have also reported the start of the GDA of the UK HPR1000, which they expect to complete in 2021.
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USA-based firms Bechtel and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) have today announced the formation of an alliance to offer decommissioning and dismantling services for nuclear power plants in Germany and Sweden.
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Hydraulic pressure testing has been completed on the reactor pressure vessel for the demonstration CAP1400 unit to be built at Shidaowan in China's Shandong province.
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Cho Hwan-eik, the chief executive officer of Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) has confirmed that the company is discussing the possible purchase of Toshiba's 60 percent stake in NuGen, the company set to build three reactors on the coast of Cumbria in the United Kingdom.(read more)
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Two industrial power houses, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and engineering and construction giant Bechtel announced Wednesday that they would form an alliance that would concentrate on decommissioning and dismantling services for nuclear power plants in Germany and Sweden.(read more)
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French nuclear power company AREVA said Tuesday that the deal with Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries announced in February would take effect today.(read more)
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An exploratory robot has been exploring Unit 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Generating Station in Japan and appears to be doing well recording radiation levels, temperatures and visual images of the primary containment vessel (PCV) that has far less radiation intensity than levels that crippled robots that examined Unit 2 in February.(read more)
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The Euratom Supply Agency, the nuclear watchdog of the European Union, has approved Berkeley Energia's offtake agreement for the sale of the first production from its Salamanca uranium mine under development in Spain. The mine is expected to enter production in late 2018.
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Rosatom and Russian Venture Company have signed an agreement to cooperate in the promotion of advanced technologies and innovative developments at the Russian state nuclear corporation's subsidiaries. RVC is a Russian state institution responsible for funding national innovation projects on behalf of the National Technology Initiative.
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The European Commission has approved Belgian plans to support the long-term operation of three nuclear reactors after finding measures to compensate operators Engie-Electrabel and EDF Belgium are in line with European Union rules on state aid.
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The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said they had asked the British government to suspend work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear generating station in order to allow other countries to weigh in on the project.(read more)
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A robot has entered into the primary containment vessel of the damaged unit 1 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant and provided Tokyo Electric Power Company with radiation and temperature measurements within it. The company hopes the data, together with video footage, will enable it to locate the molten fuel in the unit.
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The International Energy Agency said Friday that energy-related carbon dioxide emissions remained in a no-growth pattern for the third consecutive year in 2016, attributing the trend to a growth renewable power, turnovers from coal to natural gas, improvements in energy efficiency and, to a lesser degree, growth in nuclear power.(read more)
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Nuclear industry leaders from the UK and France gathered in London this week to encourage students and young professionals to showcase their talents in science, technology, engineering and maths, collectively known as STEM subjects. The workshop for the Spark! Contest, held at the French embassy on 13 March, included a jury of 15 executives and 15 teams of finalists.
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X-energy yesterday announced the start of work on the conceptual design of its Xe-100 high temperature gas-cooled pebble bed modular reactor, following a review of the company's readiness by an external panel of industry experts.
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