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11 UK fusion researchers welcome government support The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has welcomed the government's investment of GBP86 million that will fund the building and operation of a National Fusion Technology Platform (NaFTeP) at Culham Science Centre, which is expected to open in 2020. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced the new funding as part of a series of measures that aim to support the development of 'next-generation nuclear technology', which follows publication of the government's Industrial Strategy white paper last month. Friday, December 8, 2017
12 French regulator approves Tricastin restart EDF has received permission from France's Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN) to restart three reactors at the Tricastin power plant after carrying out repairs to a canal embankment. The regulator ordered the temporary shutdown of Tricastin's reactors on 27 September because of the risks of failure of a 400 metre long portion of the embankment of the Donzére-Mondragon canal in the event of an earthquake. Wednesday, December 6, 2017
13 L3 MAPPS to provide more simulators to EDF Energy L3 MAPPS has been contracted by EDF Energy Nuclear Generation to supply two classroom simulators to its Nuclear Power Academy in the UK. The project is under way and the two simulators will be put into service in the first quarter of 2018, the Montreal, Canada-headquartered company said. Wednesday, December 6, 2017
14 Leningrad operator shows commitment to safety, says IAEA The operator of the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant in Russia has demonstrated a commitment to safety and is taking many improvement initiatives, an Operational Safety Review Team (Osart) team from the International Atomic Energy Agency has concluded. Thursday, November 30, 2017
15 Bulgarian waste treatment facility testing completed A demonstration test run of the Plasma Melting Facility at the Kozloduy nuclear power plant in Bulgaria has been completed. The facility will be used to treat low- and intermediate-level solid radioactive waste, reducing its volume and immobilising it. Thursday, November 30, 2017
16 Jordan to consider deployment of X-energy SMR The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with X-energy to assess the US company's small modular reactor (SMR). They will look at the potential deployment of X-energy's Xe-100 high temperature gas-cooled pebble bed modular reactor in Jordan. Wednesday, November 29, 2017
17 Chernobyl confinement structure nears completion Installation of critical systems is progressing within the New Safe Confinement (NSC) covering the damaged unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The enormous arched structure was put in place one year ago and is expected to be commissioned in the first half of 2018. Wednesday, November 29, 2017
18 Fukui governor approves restart of Ohi units The governor of Japan's Fukui Prefecture has today approved the restart of units 3 and 4 of Kansai Electric Power Company's Ohi nuclear power plant. The utility reportedly plans to restart both units by mid-March. Monday, November 27, 2017
19 Revised schedule for Canadian repository Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has requested an amended timeline for its Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) project to allow sufficient time to respond to regulatory requests for technical information before submitting its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the facility. Monday, November 27, 2017
20 US Q3 uranium production falls by 17% US uranium production for 2017 to date is down 17% from the same period in 2016, according to the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) latest quarterly Domestic Uranium Production Report. Meanwhile, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has found uranium-bearing calcrete formations in the USA for the first time Monday, November 20, 2017