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Three contracts for New Areva
29 December, 2017
New Areva said on 18 December that it had signed three contracts in recent months totalling nearly €9m ($10.6m) for the treatment and management of radioactive waste at sites belonging to the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in Fontenay-aux-Roses (Ile-de-France region) and Cadarache (Bouches-du-Rhône region).

Japan closes Ohi 1&2 and Monju
29 December, 2017
Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Co said 22 December that it plans to decommission two 38-year-old pressurised water reactors (PWRs) at its Ohi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture.

Construction of Vogtle 3&4 to continue
28 December, 2017
US utility Georgia Power said in a statement on 21 December that the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) had voted unanimously to allow construction to continue of units 3&4 at the Vogtle nuclear plant after “months of review and evaluation”.

Hot testing underway at Olkiluoto 3
28 December, 2017
Hot functional testing of the reactor systems has begun at the EPR unit under construction at Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) in Finland.

Characterisation trial
19 December, 2017
Safe and cost-effective management of nuclear waste is more important than ever. Suzanne Glorie explains how new technologies can help.

American Imperative
19 December, 2017
Maria Korsnick, head of the Nuclear Energy Institute, explains that the US industry has adopted a four-step strategy to preserve its existing fleet, support innovation and help the nuclear industry thrive at home and overseas.

Russia and Saudi Arabia strengthen nuclear cooperation
18 December, 2017
Russia and Saudi Arabia on 14 December signed a roadmap for nuclear energy cooperation, Russian state nuclear company Rosatom said.

ABWR completes UK GDA process
15 December, 2017
UK regulators - the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales on 14 December approved Hitachi-GE's UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) as suitable for construction in the UK, completing the Generic Design Assessment (GDA)

Japanese court orders Ikata 3 to close
15 December, 2017
The Hiroshima High Court on 13 December revoked a lower court decision and ordered the suspension of Shikoku Electric Power Co’s Ikata 3 in Ehime Prefecture.

Ansto orders equipment for radwaste facility
14 December, 2017

Neart na Gaoithe seeks equity partner
13 December, 2017
Mainstream Renewable Power has started the selection process for an equity partner for the £2 billion Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm.

India’s research fleet
12 December, 2017
Saurav Jha explains how India is using its research reactor fleet to support its three-stage nuclear programme

NuScale’s story of simulation
12 December, 2017
Simulation played a major role in getting the 50MWe NuScale reactor ready for design certification in the United States. Caroline Peachey reports

Jordan and Russia sign MOU on SMRs
12 December, 2017
The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) and the Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom on 9 December signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to investigate the possible use of small modular reactors (SMRs).

Egypt signs contract for El Dabaa
12 December, 2017
Egypt and Russia on 11 December finally, after prolonged negotiations, signed notices to proceed with contracts for the construction of four Russian-designed generation 3+ VVER-1200 reactor units at Egypt’s El Dabaa NPP on the Mediterranean coast.

Russian commission says Mayak not the source of Ru-106. 
12 December, 2017
Russian officials on 8 December again denied the Mayak production association in Ozersk (Urals) was the source of radioactive ruthenium-106 (Ru-106) detected over Europe in September. 

Rostov 4 achieves criticality; Leningrad II-1 to follow
12 December, 2017
Russia’s Rostov 4 achieved criticality on 6 December. The 1011MWe reactor designed by Gidropress and built by Atomstroyexport, both subsidiaries of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, will be the last in Russia's series build of VVER-1000 units, which comprise 13 of Russia's 23 operating power reactors.

Atkins SMR study favours IPWRs
12 December, 2017
A comprehensive Techno-Economic Assessment (TEA) by the Atkins consultancy and Ernst & Young on small modular reactors (SMRs) found that integral pressurised water reactor (IPWR) technology has the potential to contribute to the low carbon generation of electricity in the UK around 2030 under certain conditions



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