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Russia's Zio-Podolsk has completed "one of the most complex" manufacturing operations on the reactor head of the Sibir nuclear-powered icebreaker, using a new tool that reduces the time required to bore holes in the structure from 150 days to 36 days. Sibir is the second of three vessels of the Project 22220 - featuring RITM-200 (Rhythmn-200) reactors - that will be able to break through ice 3 meters thick as they escort vessels across the Arctic Ocean. The others are Arktika and Ural.
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South Africa's Western Cape High Court has set aside two ministerial determinations underpinning the country's nuclear procurement plans, ruling them unlawful and unconstitutional. The court has also declared the same to be the case of intergovernmental agreements, including that between South Africa and Russia.
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Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires and the National Skills Academy for Nuclear have announced they will work together to boost "long-standing Franco-British nuclear industry relations". Their cooperation will include development of a "quality standard" for skills provision and training that will enable them to design education programs, organise exchanges between students and lecturers and implement new, innovative teaching tools.
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Kazakh uranium producer KazAtomProm said today that the "reorganisation" of Westinghouse Electric Company will have no negative impact on its financial performance. Westinghouse's shares are split between Toshiba (87%), KazAtomProm (10%) and IHI Corporation (3%).
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The plate-type uranium-molybdenum nuclear fuel developed by the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute has been found to be stable and reliable after testing at the research reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory, the Institute said.(read more)
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GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy has been awarded an outage services contract from Exelon Generation, operator of the largest fleet of nuclear power plants in the country in a deal valued at 0 million, the companies said.(read more)
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In a whistle-blower case, a company that supplied rebar to the government for construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication and Reactor Irradiation Services facility in Aiken, South Carolina, has agreed to pay .6 million to a settle a lawsuit alleging that it failed to provide the quality controls for the rebar stipulated in the contract.(read more)
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Westinghouse Electric Company parent Toshiba Corp. of Japan said Monday it would spit itself into four wholly owned subsidiaries by the end of the year in reaction to severe losses in its nuclear power division and as a way to “support maximization of their business value.”(read more)
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Belarus and Russia have agreed to the delivery of the reactor pressure vessel originally built for the Baltic NPP - under construction in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad - to unit 2 of the nuclear power plant under construction in Ostrovets, in the Grodno region of Belarus, Rosatom has confirmed to World Nuclear News. The schedule for commissioning the Ostrovets 2 is uaffected and remains 2020.
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Yukiya Amano, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), spoke yesterday about the "remarkable contribution" nuclear applications make to "so many areas of our lives" at the opening of the agency's first International Conference on Radiation Science and Technology (ICARST 2017). The event is being held this week at the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna.
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree on aligning nuclear power legislation in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In a statement on Medvedev's official website on 22 April, the government said national laws in some countries of the CIS vary in relation to the civilian nuclear energy industry and the construction of nuclear power facilities.
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UK-based engineering giant Amec Foster Wheeler said Monday it had been awarded a five-year contract with U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command to clean up and restore Navy properties contaminated with low-level radiation materials and industrial waste.(read more)
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The governor of the Saga Prefecture in the northwestern side of the island of Kyushu, has consented to the restart of Units 3 and 4 at the Genkai power plant operated by Kyushu Electric Power Company.(read more)
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China and Iran have signed the first commercial contract for the reconstruction of Iran's Arak heavy water reactor. The core of the reactor was removed as part of an international agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.
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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public comment on a draft regulatory basis for new emergency preparedness requirements for small modular reactors and new technologies such as non-light water reactor facilities. A regulatory basis is an early stage in the NRC's rulemaking process.
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The International Atomic Energy Agency this month launched a project to enhance regulatory frameworks for nuclear security in African countries.
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Toshiba Corp said today it will establish its four in-house companies as wholly-owned subsidiaries and aim to "to maximise the value of each business". As of 1 October, it will split off its Energy Systems & Solutions Company, and the Nuclear Energy Systems & Solutions Division, and transfer them to a newly established company.
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The French Academy of Sciences said Thursday that the country's policy of reducing its dependence on nuclear power was a step in the wrong direction considering the country's goal of reducing harmful carbon emissions that contribute to global warming.(read more)
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MVM Paks II has received environmental approval to build two new units at the Paks nuclear power plant in Hungary. The company received an environmental licence from the Baranya County Government Office in late September, but this was challenged by Greenpeace Hungary and Energiaklub. The initial licence was then reviewed by Pest County Government Office, which gave statutory approval of the licence on 18 April.
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France cannot achieve a significant reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases from electricity production while also reducing the share of nuclear in its energy mix, the country's Academy of Sciences says.
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The United Nation's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it had reached an agreement with Rosatom, the Russian Federation’s State Atomic Corporation, aimed at strengthening IAEA assistance to Member States that are considering introducing nuclear power or expanding an existing program.(read more)
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