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The glow of Finland’s first reactor fades
22 December, 2015
Finland’s FiR 1 reactor served as hub for training and research for over 50 years, educating an early generation of nuclear energy professionals. Now the era of the Finnish research reactor has come to its end. By Markus Airila, Iiro Auterinen, Petri Kotiluoto, Timo Vanttola and Olli Vilkamo.

UK new build gives new excitement
22 December, 2015
David Flin reports on the NIA conference “Nuclear, Powering the UK”, held in London in December, which focused on the opportunities and challenges resulting from the decision to proceed with new nuclear construction in the UK at Hinkley Point C, and at Wylfa Newydd and Moorside.

Areva to decontaminate Germany's Kruemmel
22 December, 2015
Vattenfall Europe Nuclear Energy has chosen Areva NP to decontaminate the primary loop of the Kruemmel nuclear power plant, located near Hamburg, Germany.

China's nuclear power plans take shape
22 December, 2015
China's State Council on 16 December approved the construction of four additional reactors including two more units each at the Tianwan and Fangchenggang nuclear power plant sites.

Construction licence for Russia's Kursk II expected in 2016
21 December, 2015
The licence for the construction of replacement capacity for Russia's Kursk nuclear power plant (Kursk II) is expected in March or April 2016, said plant manager Vyacheslav Fedyukin. Funding for the plant in 2016 will exceed RUB10bn ($140m)

Regulator accepts Areva methodology for testing EPR reactor vessel
18 December, 2015
French nuclear regulator Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN) has accepted "in principle" Areva's proposed methodology to demonstrate the strength of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) of the EPR under construction unit 3 of the Flamanville nuclear power plant, and says a new mechanical and chemical testing programme proposed by Areva can go ahead.

Belgium postpones restart of Doel 3
18 December, 2015
The scheduled restart of unit 3 at Belgium's Doel nuclear plant has been postponed because of issues related to planning and not because of any abnormality with the plant, operator Electrabel said.

Progress at US newbuild nuclear plants
18 December, 2015
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has completed loading 193 nuclear fuel assemblies into the core of unit 2 of the US Watts Bar nuclear power plant. Power will now be gradually increased at the 1165MWe (net) pressurised water reactor during which the unit's performance will be tested.

US Kurion acquires UK's Oxford Technologies
18 December, 2015
US Kurion has acquired the UK robotics and remote systems firm Oxford Technologies.

China and Kazakhstan agree on fuel fabrication facility
17 December, 2015
Kazakhstan's national atomic company Kazatomprom and and China General Nuclear Power Corp (CGN) have signed agreement for a fuel fabrication project in Kazakhstan.

Exelon’s e-work package
16 December, 2015
Moving work packages from paper to iPads is helping the USA’s largest nuclear utility to cut operating costs and improve productivity.

Selecting HSIs for new nuclear plants
16 December, 2015
The analysis, design and selection of advanced human-system interfaces (HSIs) constitute an important part of power plant engineering. This article proposes a technology selection scheme for the nuclear industry, based upon context of use, technology readiness levels, usability, and human performance requirements. By Jacques Hugo and David Gertman

IAEA signs off on Iran case
16 December, 2015
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors on 15 December closed its investigation into whether Iran once had a nuclear weapons programme.

South Africa prepares for nuclear tender
16 December, 2015
The South African government has approved the start of the nuclear procurement programme following the dismissal of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, who had criticised the plan to build 9.6GWe of nuclear plant by 2029 without first doing a cost-benefit analysis.

Climate conference supports cleaner energy
15 December, 2015
Agreement was reached on 14 December in Paris by the 195 countries attending the 21st conference of the parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which began on 30 November.

India and Japan agree in principle
15 December, 2015
India and Japan have reached an agreement in principle to conclude a bilateral nuclear cooperation treaty that would allow Japan to export nuclear power plants to India during the ninth annual Indo-Japan summit talks in New Delhi, ending years of negotiations.

Indonesia rules out nuclear as major power source
14 December, 2015
Indonesia will not used to nuclear energy to meet its target of 136.7GWe of power capacity by 2025 or 430GWe by 2050, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said said on 12 December.

South African court says Areva contract is unlawful
14 December, 2015
South Africa's supreme appeals court has ruled "unlawful" the award of a ZAR5bn ($315m) nuclear tender to France's Areva by power utility Eskom in August 2014.

German fusion device achieves first plasma
14 December, 2015
First plasma has been produced at the Wendelstein 7-X, the world's largest stellarator-type fusion device, at Germany's Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald. IPP, the first plasma had a duration of one tenth of a second and achieved a temperature of around one million degrees.

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