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Belgium’s Doel nuclear plant may close early following court ruling
A ruling by Belgium’s constitutional court could mean the Doel nuclear power units have to close down three years earlier than the government planned.
Life extension for US Peach Bottom nuclear power plant
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has granted plant operator Exelon a 20-year extension that would extend the possible life of the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant’s two reactors...
Ontario's Solicitor General apologises for Pickering false alarm
Canada’s Solicitor General, Sylvia Jones, has issued a statement about the investigation into a false alarm about the Pickering nuclear power plant in January.
Extended outages at French nuclear power plants
French power utility EDF has extended outages at three of its nuclear reactors by several weeks, according to data from electricity grid operator RTE on 27 February.
Regulator confrims Onagawa 2 meets Japanese nuclear safety requirements
Japan’s The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) on 26 February officially approved the safety of unit 2 at Tohoku Electric Power Company’s Onagawa nuclear plant in Miyagi Prefecture.
EDF Energy extends outages at Hinkley and Hunterston nuclear plants
EDF Energy has extended two planned outages at the UK’s Hinkley Point B to June to complete further inspections of the reactor cores.
IAEA pre-Salto team reviews Romania’s Cernavoda nuclear plant
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts on 19 February completed a Pre-SALTO (Safety Aspects of Long Term Operation) review of long term operational safety at...
Fessenheim to close as Flamanville 3 completes hot testing
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said yesterday that the two-unit Fessenheim nuclear plant will be shut down at the end of June, with unit 1 set to close on 22 February.
Japanese reactor restarts delayed for safety upgrades
Japan’s Kansai Kansai Electric Power Company intends to shut down two reactors at its Takahama nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture for several months later this year while necessary...
Russian floating nuclear plant supplies 10GWh of electricity to Chukotka
Russia’s floating NPP (FNPP), Akademik Lomonosov, now moored at Pevek in the Arctic northeast, has supplied 10GWh of electricity to the Chukotka network since it was connected to...
Fessenheim closure confirmed for 2020
Frances oldest operating reactors, Fessenheim 1 and 2 will be permanently shut on 22 February and in June, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has confirmed.
Closure of Canada’s Pickering could be postponed for one year
Plans drawn up by Ontario Power Generation to keep four of Pickering's six reactors operating for an extra year beyond the currently scheduled shutdown date of 2024 will require...
Nuclear share in Russia exceeds 19%
The share of nuclear in Russia’s energy mix increased to 19.04% in 2019, up from18.7%, nuclear utility Rosenergoatom has announced.
Life extension for Russia’s Rostov 1
Unit 1 of Russia’s Rostov nuclear plant has received a licence to extend its operating life.
Nuclear helps Belgium increase electricity exports in 2019
Belgium's electricity transmission system operator, Elia, said that the major trends in 2019 were a steady increase in (mainly offshore) renewable power generation, better availability...
Germany shuts down Philippsburg 2
The 1402MWe Philippsburg 2 pressurised water reactor unit in Germany was shut down permanently on 31 December 2019, leaving just six commercial nuclear plants still operating in Germany.
Permanent closure of South Korea’s Wolsong 1 sparks protests
South Korea's Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) said on 24 December it approved the permanent shutdown of unit 1 at the Wolsong NPP – South Korea’s 2nd-oldest reactor.
Life extension for Russia’s Novovoronezh 4
Russia’s Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor) has issued a second additional service life extension licence for unit 4 of Novovoronezh NPP...
Sweden closes Ringhals 2
Sweden on 30 December shut down the 807MWe unit 2 at its four-unit Ringhals nuclear power plant after more than 43 years of operation.