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Restructuring of British Energy
03 December, 2002
The UK government has announced it would support a rescue package for British Energy (BE), which includes extending its £650 million loan to the company to 9 March, 2003.

Robin Jeffrey replaced
03 December, 2002
The board of British Energy (BE) has announced that Robin Jeffrey has stepped down as chairman.

Peer review for Kozloduy
03 December, 2002
The European Commission (EC) has agreed for the European Council to carry out a peer review of Bulgaria's Kozloduy 3 and 4.

Clock ticking for Kozloduy 1 and 2
03 December, 2002
The shutdown of units 1 and 2 of Bulgaria's Kozloduy nuclear power plant before the end of this month will not cause any problem to power supply in Bulgaria, but reduced electricity exports may cause difficulties to neighbouring countries, according to Bulgarian energy and energy resources minister Milko Kovachev. Bulgaria supplies 45% of the 12-14TWh annual energy shortfall in the Balkans, the minister said.

What now for KEDO?
03 December, 2002
The Agreed Framework for controlled development of nuclear power in North Korea looked all but over by the beginning of December, despite conciliatory language from diplomats in South Korea.

Nuclear to end
03 December, 2002
A permanent phase-out for nuclear power in Belgium took a step forward on 13 November when the parliament's economic affairs committee recommended that a draft law be formally adopted.

Qinshan: setback and progress
03 December, 2002
Unit 2 of China's Qinshan phase II project, which had been expected to start up this year, has been delayed because of equipment supply problems. That unit is now expected to go into operation in 2003.

Design error affects seismic safety
03 December, 2002
Electricité de France's (EdF's) plants at Blayais, Tricastin, Chinon, Dampierre and Saint Laurent will all require modification after a "design anomaly" was discovered that could impair emergency core cooling after an earthquake.

Russian loan for K2R4
03 December, 2002
The Ukrainian parliament on 22 November ratified a loan from Russia totalling $44 million to be used for completion of Khmelnitsky 2 and Rovno 4.

Tepco admits leaktightness falsification
05 November, 2002
Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) staff manipulated main steam valves to reduce leak rates during containment testing in 1991 and 1992.

Four more Japanese utilities in inspection cover-up
05 November, 2002
Four more Japanese utilities, Chubu Electric Power, Japan Atomic Power (JAPC), Chugoku Electric Power and Tohoku Electric Power, have been implicated alongside Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) by Japanese authorities investigating the possible cover-up of inspection findings.

Areva takes centrifuge route on enrichment
05 November, 2002
Cogema's George Besse enrichment plant, operated by Eurodif at Tricastin, is "in the future" to be replaced by centrifuges, Areva announced on 9 October.

North Korea admits bomb programme
05 November, 2002
A 1994 accord under which North Korea agreed to halt development of nuclear weapons and gas-graphite reactors, in exchange for light water reactors under safeguards, is in disarray, after North Korea said it had begun a nuclear weapons programme.

EdF faces freeze on spending
05 November, 2002
Electricité de France (EdF) has announced that it has frozen all spending that is not related to safety, security or public service in the face of a cash crunch, according to reports published in the French media.

TVO invites bids for fifth reactor
05 November, 2002
The Finnish utility TVO has formally announced its requirements for bid inquiries to build Finland's fifth power generation reactor.

Kozloduy inspections demand
05 November, 2002
Bulgaria will not comply with the European Union's request to close Kozloduy 3 and 4 in 2006 unless the EU sends inspectors to the plant in 2003, according to Bulgaria's EU integration minister Meglena Kuneva.

Agreement on Obrigheim
05 November, 2002
An apparent agreement between German chancellor Gerhard Schröder and EnBW chairman Gerhard Goll over the continued operation of the Obrigheim plant has been revised by the Greens.

Education that works
03 November, 2002
One of the key issues facing the nuclear industry is that of recruitment. In particular, it is imperative that students be attracted into the industry to provide the next generation. The American Nuclear Society is carrying out a programme aimed at middle- and high-school students. By Paul Williams

Making change effective
03 November, 2002
IT systems are available to support change, but too many systems do not deliver enough business benefit. By Bill Doig and Rory Quigley

Forsmark asks critical questions about its I&C
03 November, 2002
By 1995 it was clear that Forsmark's analogue I&C equipment would need to be replaced before 2005. But the plant needed a strategy to achieve integrated modernisation, to ensure it did not end up with a fragmented I&C architecture. By Johan Hallén, Ingemar Rydahl and Lennart Kloow

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