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Readying the robots
16 May, 2019
Robust, intelligent robots that react to their surroundings are...
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Inspecting Chinese AP1000s 14 May, 2019 The AP1000 has significant differences from existing PWRs in China, including in the layout and structure of key components. Yong Nie, Zhaoyu Cheng, Jiafan Cai, Lifeng Zhou and...

Improving televisual inspections 08 May, 2019 Darren Wood and Clément Skopinski explain how a new 3D visual inspection technique, to be tested in a nuclear reactor this year, can improve detection of surface defects by leveraging...

The importance of know-how 08 May, 2019 Financing is causing real difficulties for new nuclear build, as the recent cancellation of Horizon’s UK programme has shown. Tony Roulstone examines evidence showing how...

What’s next for Leningrad? 02 May, 2019 Russia’s first RBMK reactor, Leningrad 1, retired at the end of 2018. Judith Perera examines the reactor decommissioning plans and strategies for managing the irradiated graphite in...

Digital transformation 02 May, 2019 Nuclear power plants are facing pressures that could jeopardise their viability. Paul Lalovich says adopting digital technology presents opportunities for a new business model,...

Next stop Pevek 01 May, 2019 As Russia’s Akademik Lomonsov floating nuclear power plant enters the final stages of commissioning, we look at the operational and safety considerations as well as broader...

Renewal by annealing 25 April, 2019 Balakovo 1 recently became the first VVER-1000 unit to complete reactor pressure vessel annealing, which is expected to increase the operating lifetime of the unit by at least 15...

Contract considerations 24 April, 2019 Nuclear new-build projects are, by their nature, difficult to deliver. Daniel Garton and Chris Duncan examine issues that need to be addressed in construction contracts for nuclear plants.

African progress 17 April, 2019 Anthony Stott from the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Infrastructure Development Section talks to NEI about nuclear developments in Africa.

Improving xenon monitoring 17 April, 2019 Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is working with medical isotope production facilities around the world in a project that could help ensure the continued effectiveness of...

Concrete progress at Akkuyu 10 April, 2019 Caroline Peachey reports from Akkuyu, the construction site of Turkey’s first nuclear plant, and the first in the world to be developed under the build-own-operate model.

Easing the burden 10 April, 2019 Michael McMahon and Dan Collier outline the benefits of NAC Reporter for nuclear material control and accounting.

Uzbekistan’s nuclear aspirations 09 April, 2019 Uzbekistan is planning to build its first nuclear power plant with assistance from Russia. Jurabek Mirzamakhmudov, director general of Uzatom speaks to NEI about these plans.

Look North: Small is beautiful 03 April, 2019 Rumyana Vakarelska reports from the Nordic Nuclear Forum, where small modular reactors were a focus of discussion.

Beyond the copper surface 02 April, 2019 Before emplacement in a deep geological repository, Canada, Finland and Sweden all plan to encapsulate their spent fuel in copper canisters. Kristina Gillin drills into the...

Eyeing LWR opportunities 27 March, 2019 Building on capabilities developed to supply systems and components for domestic PHWRs, India’s nuclear supply chain is now looking to enter the market for light water reactors....

The hot spot locator 27 March, 2019 Decontaminating an area containing nuclear waste is complicated due to the intangible nature of radiation. But the use radiation imaging systems can help, as Innovative Physics...

South Ukraine’s filtration first 20 March, 2019 South Ukraine 1 has become the first reactor in Ukraine to meet the country’s post-Fukushima requirements with the installation of a dry filtration system. Zoran Vujic offers an...

I&C upgrade ends in success at Loviisa 19 March, 2019 Rolls-Royce has successfully installed and commissioned new digital I&C systems at the Loviisa nuclear plant in Finland. Mika Lehtonen and Yann Challamel look back on the...


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