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France considering EDF restructuring
27 November, 2017
France’s finance ministry is studying several scenarios for restructuring Electricite de France (EDF), including spinning off its nuclear power generation activities into a stand-alone unit, Reuters reported on 23 November, quoting sources familiar with the situation.

Leibstadt closed to replace faulty fuel rods
21 November, 2017
Switzerland's Leibstadt nuclear power plant will remain closed until the end of December to replace defective fuel elements.  

#SMEM – crisis comms in the social media age
05 November, 2017
Gary Gleason speaks to the US industry about best practices and lessons learned for nuclear communications.

New LEU bank in Kazakhstan
11 October, 2017
Molly Lempriere reports from the opening of the nuclear fuel bank in Kazakhstan.

Skills: six priorities
10 October, 2017
In August, for Part I of a special report on training and recruitment, NEI spoke to industry about the priorities for skills development in the UK. This article highlights the common themes and issues raised.

Licence renewal for US South Texas Project
03 October, 2017
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has renewed the licence for the South Texas Project, a nuclear power plant near Bay City, for an additional 20 years.

US companies consider Westinghouse buy-out
03 October, 2017
Private equity companies Blackstone Group and Apollo Global Management have formed a consortium to buy out US-based Westinghouse Electric Co from a Japanese Toshiba corporation, Reuters reported on 27 September, citing “people familiar with the matter”.

Delay for Finland’s Hanhikivi project - updated
22 September, 2017
Fennovoima, which is building the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant in northern Finland, says it expects to receive a construction licence for the project in 2019, a year later than previously anticipated. However, the developer is confident that the project is moving ‘in the right direction’

Salamanca: standing out from the crowd
13 September, 2017
Spot prices for uranium are low and production has been scaled back in countries like Kazakhstan. However, Barry Mansfield finds there are new sites set for action, for example at Salamanca in Spain.

A vision for the UK
03 August, 2017
David Flin reports from a recent seminar in London where issues surrounding the UK’s nuclear future were discussed.

Russian NPP-2006: a new generation of safety
15 June, 2017
Russia’s latest reactor design has recently started up at the Novovoronezh site. Rosatom introduces the reactor safety systems for the VVER-1200 unit.

Inspection innovation
09 June, 2017
Europe’s Joint Research Centre has helped validate a new method for sampling uranium hexafluoride (UF6), which could be cheaper and safer than the current process used in safeguards inspections. By Corrina Thomson.

Fukushima today
08 June, 2017
Takafumi Ihara gives an update on the Fukushima decommissioning work and the key challenges including management of contaminated water, and removal of spent fuel.

Evolving threats
29 March, 2017
A new report from the Nuclear Threat Initiative calls for nuclear facilities to accelerate efforts to protect against a cyberattack with catastrophic consequences.

Simulating security: a game changer
29 March, 2017
John Halsema and Robert Scott III discuss how computer-based modelling and simulation can be used to optimise the cost and effectiveness of security technology within a nuclear facility.

Six years after Fukushima, public still hostile to nuclear
13 March, 2017
Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) has only paid 6% of the compensation sought by municipalities in connection with the 2011 Fukushima accident, Kyodo news agency reported on 11 March – the six-year anniversary of the disaster.

LaserSnake: Getting innovation into decommissioning
01 March, 2017
Decommissioning a nuclear facility is an extremely costly and technically challenging project to undertake. However, advances in technology are leading to new and innovative practices as Penny Hitchin reports looking at the use of LaserSnake.

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