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Orano launches new conversion facility
31 December, 2018
The new Philippe Coste conversion plant at Orano’s Orano Tricastin site (Drôme) in France has now been commissioned following the completion of its test programme.

US DOE signs SMR MOU
31 December, 2018
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed between the US Department of Energy (DOE), Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), and Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA), on small modular reactor (SMRs).

Framatome develops non-destructive analysis for waste containers
21 December, 2018
France’s Framatome said on 18 December that it is developing mobile technology for non-destructive analysis of radioactive waste containers.

Russia to use highly enriched Ni-63 for atomic batteries
21 December, 2018

Rosatom prepares contracts for China’s Xudabao NPP
21 December, 2018
Russia state nuclear corporation Rosatom is preparing contracts for the third and fourth units of China’s Xudabao nuclear plant, Rosatom director general Alexei Likhachev said on 19 December.

Belgium extends outages of Doel 1&2
20 December, 2018
Belgian power company Engie Electrabel on 18 December announced it had extended the outage at Doel 1 until 15 March for further repairs on a water leak.

BWXT Canada to provide technical support to Terrestrial Energy
20 December, 2018
US-based Terrestrial Energy announced on 18 December that it had awarded BWXT Canada Ltd a design services contract to support the development of key components in its Generation IV Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR).

Finance allocated to upgrade Olkiluoto 1&2
20 December, 2018
Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) on 17 December signed a 10-year €65 million ($74 million) loan agreement with the Nordic Investment Bank to finance safety system upgrades Olkiluoto 1&2.

Top stories of 2018
19 December, 2018
As we enter 2019, we review some of the key developments of the past 12 months

EDF extends outages again at Hunterston
19 December, 2018
EDF Energy has extended outages at its Hunterston nuclear plant in Scotland by several weeks, for further work at two reactors which were taken offline after cracks were discovered in March and October.

IAEA reviews the Philippines' nuclear power infrastructure
19 December, 2018
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) team of experts concluded an eight-day mission to the Philippines on 17 December.

Testing completed at Barakah 3
19 December, 2018
The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) said on 17 December that it had completed cold hydrostatic testing (CHT) at unit 3 of the Barakah nuclear plant in Abu Dhabi.

Fuel supply contract for Enusa
19 December, 2018
Spain’s state-owned nuclear fuel manufacturer Enusa Industrias Avanzadas has won a contract to supply 24 reload batches of fuel and associated services by the operators of Spain’s five Westinghouse-design pressurised water reactor units.

Waste not, want not
18 December, 2018
The UK’s ability to dispose of Sealed Radioactive Source waste has been something of a concern for many years now. But as Andrew Tunnicliffe finds out, INS has been working on an innovative, albeit challenging, solution.

The northern neighbours
18 December, 2018
US supply chain sees opportunities in small modular reactors (SMRs), decommissioning and across its north border as the Canadian nuclear industry heats up. Jacquie Hoornweg reports.

Red book sees nuclear capacity continuing to grow
18 December, 2018
According to the latest edition of ‘Uranium – Resources, Production and Demand’ (the Red Book), published on 13 December by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and the International Atomic Energy Agency, the outlook for nuclear power has decreased since the last publication in 2016.

Wood bags $66 million Sellafield control systems framework
18 December, 2018
Wood, the project, engineering and technical services company, has won a ten-year framework contract to supply programmable digital control technologies to Sellafield, Europe's largest nuclear site.

Doel 4 resumes operation
18 December, 2018
Belgium’s Doel 4 restarted on 13 December after a four-month unplanned outage following the discovery of concrete degradation in a building that houses backup safety systems.



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