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Sargent & Lundy to support Bruce Power refurbishment
17 May, 2022
Canada’s Bruce Power and Sargent & Lundy have entered into a multi-year agreement for project services. Sargent & Lundy will support all project controls and project management on the Bruce Power site, including Major Component Replacement (MCR) and asset management, in addition to delivering support for project organisations to improve project governance. Comtech Group will provide project controls support to Sargent & Lundy. Comtech provides integrated programme/project management and technical advisory consulting solutions to public and private sectors in North America.

Unlocking the potential of robotics in nuclear
05 May, 2022
Christian Pilon, Head of Robotics - Nuclear at SNC Lavalin, explores the opportunities for integration of robots with remote-control and digital twin technologies in the nuclear industry.

Norway’s Ulstein designs ship powered by molten salt reactor
04 May, 2022
Norway’s Ulstein said on 29 April it had designed a 3R (Replenishment, Research and Rescue) vessel, which will feature a thorium molten salt reactor (MSR) “to generate vast amounts of clean, safe electricity”. This will enable the 149-metre vessel “to operate as a mobile power/charging station for a new breed of battery driven cruise ships”. Ulstein believes the concept, known as “Thor”, could be “the missing piece of the zero emissions puzzle for a broad range of maritime and ocean industry applications”. To demonstrate its feasibility, Ulstein has also developed the Ulstein Sif concept, a 100m long, 160 POB capacity, zero-emission expedition cruise ship. This Ice Class 1C vessel will run on next-generation batteries, utilising ‘Thor’ to recharge while at sea.

Zaporozhye NPP operating normally according to AFP
03 May, 2022
Nearly two months after it was seized by Russian forces, there are few signs of the fighting at the Zaporozhye NPP, AFP reported following a press tour to the plant organised by the Russian military.

IAEA’s Grossi delivers assistance to Chernobyl
28 April, 2022
Nuclear safety, security and safeguards experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are continuing to work at the Chernobyl NPP to deliver equipment, conduct radiological assessments and restore safeguards monitoring systems, IAEA said on 27 April. The experts arrived at the site on 26 April as part of an IAEA assistance mission led by Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi who later the same day travelled to Kiev for high-level talks with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the Minister of Energy, Herman Halushchenko.

The nuclear power position in the Philippines
14 April, 2022
Joseph Somsel looks at prospects for nuclear power in the Philippines, ahead of the May presidential election

Bruce Power considers using excess energy for hydrogen production
12 April, 2022
Canada’s Bruce Power said it plans to explore opportunities to leverage optimised site output for potential hydrogen production in partnership with companies within the Clean Energy Frontier region.

Is it time to consider deep boreholes for nuclear waste disposal?
11 April, 2022
New research affirms that there is growing interest worldwide in deep boreholes as an option for the disposal of nuclear waste. By Chris Parker

Technical University of Munich reduces waste from Tc-99m production
06 April, 2022
A study at the research neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has shown how radioactive waste generated during the production of Technetium-99m (Tc-99m) could be significantly reduced.

Finland’s path to final disposal of nuclear waste
31 March, 2022
We look back at Posiva’s four-decade journey leading to an operating licence application and construction of the world’s first deep geological repository

Canadian provinces agree strategic plan to advance SMRs
31 March, 2022
The governments of Ontario, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Alberta on 28 March agreed to a joint strategic plan outlining the path forward on small modular reactors (SMRs).

Sweden’s Kärnfull Next and GE Hitachi to collaborate on SMRs
17 March, 2022
Kärnfull Next, Sweden's first project development company focusing on small modular reactors (SMRs) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with US-based GE Hitachi regarding the BWRX-300, a 300MWe water-cooled SMR with passive safety systems. The design and licensing is based on larger boiling water reactors, a technology familiar to Sweden.

BWXT contracted to manufacture US naval nuclear reactor components and fuel
28 February, 2022
US-based BWX Technologies announced that the US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Programme had exercised contract options totalling approximately $1 billion for manufacturing naval nuclear reactor components and fuel.

Bruce Power, General Fusion, and Nuclear Innovation Institute sign MOU
09 February, 2022
Canada’s Bruce Power, General Fusion, and the Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on accelerating the delivery of clean fusion power in Canada

Alaskan Governor introduces legislation on microreactors
08 February, 2022
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy on 1 February introduced the first bill in a package of energy legislation intended to promote energy independence, long-term cost reductions, and competitive markets in both urban and rural Alaska.

New uses for old information: an emergency preparedness & response perspective
02 February, 2022
Anders Riber Marklund says the ability to process existing safety assessment results with observations during an incident can strengthen emergency preparedness and response

Practical steps for a more diverse workforce in 2022
26 January, 2022
Paul Marshall outlines a few simple ways organisations can start building greater diversity into the nuclear sector, starting in 2022.

Sodium success story at Dounreay's PFR
18 January, 2022
Joe Christie, Jamie Bain and Sue Thompson explain how 1810 litres of radioactive sodium coolant was removed from a shallow ‘heel’ pool at the base of Dounreay’s Prototype Fast Reactor

What makes nuclear power projects work
13 January, 2022
Nuclear power is increasingly being promoted as an important contributor to future energy supplies and reduction in greenhouse gases, but the industry has not seized on the opportunity and has been challenged by delays and cost over-runs. Ken Petrunik shares his view

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