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IAEA praises Petten management
18 October, 2016
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Nuclear Safety Assessment of Research Reactors (INSARR) mission has said that NRG of the Netherlands has promoted and further developed a strong safety culture at its Petten research reactor based on a mature management system. Following a comprehensive assessment of the safety procedures and regulations at the High Flux Reactor (HFR) from 4 to 11 October, the IAEA team offered recommendations and suggestions to further enhance safety measures at the facility. It noted a "mature management system and good practices" in the areas of training and qualification of staff and safety assessment, and a high level of implementation of previous INSARR recommendations made in 2011
Toshiba withdraws renewal application for ABWR from US NRC
05 July, 2016
Japan’s Toshiba Corporation has withdrawn an application to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to renew design certification (DC) its Toshiba’s Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR). The original ABWR DC issued by NRC in 1997 expired in 2012. Toshiba issued an application for DC renewal in 2010, seeking to extend the period of validity following a further design review by NRC. However, falling energy prices in the US mean that Toshiba does not foresee any new opportunities for ABWR construction projects there and sees no need to continue the DC renewal process. Toshiba has accordingly withdrawn the application and says its decision will have no impact on its overall nuclear power business.
Toshiba ends agreements with US CB&I
18 May, 2016
Japan’s Toshiba and US CB&I have agreed to terminate agreements signed in 2010 between Toshiba and Shaw Group related to construction of two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWRs) at the South Texas Project (STP). Shaw was subsequently acquired by CB&I, which later sold the reactor construction business to Westinghouse, which is part of Toshiba. Earlier in 2008, Toshiba and US utility NRG Energy set up Nuclear Innovation North America (NINA), and applied for a combined construction and operation licence through the STP Nuclear Operating Company, which was granted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in February. NINA owns over 92% of the STP newbuild project, and Toshiba has bankrolled the licensing process since NRG withdrew from the project in 2011.
Graphite distortion at UK AGRs investigated
25 February, 2016
A graphite irradiation research project being carried out by an alliance of EDF Energy, NRG of the Netherlands, and Frazer Nash Consultancy and Atkins of the UK, will investigate the ageing management of advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) units in the UK, NRG said on 18 February. Phase three of ‘Project Blackstone’ will run for five years and provide data that can be used in safety cases to support AGR life extensions.
More progress on Iter
07 December, 2015
Fusion for Energy (F4E), the organisation which administers Europe's contribution to the Iter project, said the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has completed the onsite assembly of nine sectors of the JT-60SA tokamak vacuum vessel for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) under construction at Cadarache in southern France.
Project by project update: COL licences ‘under review’
28 January, 2015
Ed Kee looks at the status of the eight US reactor projects that NRC says have their COL licences under review.
Russia to supply LEU fuel for Petten research reactor
03 December, 2014
Russian nuclear fuel company, TVEL, announced that its Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NCCP) has received a contract for the delivery of low-enriched uranium fuel assemblies for the High Flux Reactor (HFR) in Petten, the Netherlands.
Reactor dosimetry for VVERs: past and future
08 June, 2011
A state-of-the-art review of dosimetry for reactor pressure vessel irradiation damage assessment and lifetime evaluation of Russian-type VVER reactors is presented. A verification of reactor dosimetry calculation methods, as well as a validation of the RPV fluence evaluation, is being carried out by technical support organizations and NPPs. By Krassimira Ilieva, Sergey Belousov, Antonio Ballesteros and Sergey Zaritsky
NRG pulls the plug on STP 3&4
21 April, 2011
Dutch dream of a new HFR
04 March, 2011
A new research reactor envisaged for the Netherlands, Pallas, will have the capacity to be the world’s largest producer of medical isotopes. By Bob van der Schaaf and Paul G. T. De Jong
Shaw takes on ABWR and takes greater role at STP
03 December, 2010
World survey part 1: the Americas
25 June, 2009
In 2008 the number of nuclear reactors starting construction hit double figures, with China and Russia leading the race. There has been much activity in India, too, after last year’s nuclear cooperation deals. Our World Survey covers recent developments in every country with operating commercial reactors.
EPC contract signed for South Texas ABWRs
26 February, 2009
The American way
11 June, 2008
While announcements of new signed EPC contracts in the USA are somewhat premature, the industry has recently moved much closer towards the long-awaited nuclear renaissance.
Yucca application submitted
08 June, 2008
New company for US ABWRs
05 June, 2008
AP1000 COL application submitted; ESBWR to follow
21 November, 2007
20 November, 2007
For some utilities, the capital costs of a new nuclear power plant are prohibitive.