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Boltight offers quick delivery on special tools
17 December, 2013
Boltight Ltd, the leading manufacturer of hydraulic bolt tensioning equipment for the oil & gas, subsea, power generation, wind energy and industrial engineering sectors, is offering customers a quick delivery on all types of special tools.
Lloyd's Register to support Korean nuclear safety
06 November, 2013
UK-based Lloyd's Register has won a $10.6 million contract to support the South Korean nuclear industry's commitment to best-practice, safety and risk management.
Conversion: Is renewal on the way?
07 October, 2013
During the past year, the market for converting uranium ore concentrates (U3O8) to natural uranium hexafluoride (UF6) was stable relative to the uranium and enrichment markets despite some mixed signals. By Eileen Supko and Thomas Meade
IAEA: Nuclear power to grow by at least 17% by 2030
27 September, 2013
The world's nuclear power generating capacity is expected to grow from 373 GWe today to at least 435 GWe in 2030, according to the latest low-case projection from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In the high case, installed capacity could almost double by 2030, reaching 722GW.
Dounreay shaft contract for Oxford Technologies
26 September, 2013
Remote handling company, Oxford Technologies Ltd has been awarded a £4.3 million ($7 million) contract by Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) to design, build, install and commission a remotely controlled Intervention Platform which will facilitate the retrieval of waste from the Dounreay Shaft and Stub tunnel complex.
DOE proposes new approach for Hanford cleanup
25 September, 2013
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed a new 'phased-approach' for clean-up of the Hanford site in Washington state. The site, which is currently storing 56 million gallons of chemic and radioactive waste, was used for plutonium production during World War II and the Cold War.
SCC coding classification advice
18 September, 2013
Done wrong, categorizing systems, structures and components (SSCs) can create a huge burden on nuclear component costs, conservatively quadrupling the cost of nuclear safety components in pedigrees. By James August
Pipe wall thinning inspection using EMAR
11 September, 2013
The electromagnetic acoustic resonance (EMAR) method provides accurate and stable evaluation of thickness of pipes, regardless of geometry. Demonstrated at unit 2 of the Tsuruga nuclear power plant in Japan, it has the added advantages of being non-contact, relatively easy to use and enabling a reduction of inspection time. By Toshiyuki Takagi, Ryoichi Urayama, Toshiaki Ichihara, Tetsuya Uchimoto, Taku Ohira and Takayoshi Kikuchi
What happened next at the world’s association
02 August, 2013
Far from harming the World Association of Nuclear Operators, the Fukushima disaster has given the all-inclusive utility association a new mission. By Will Dalrymple
Half way - a review of post Fukushima actions in the Americas
24 July, 2013
After worldwide calls to action came in the wake of the tsunami that devastated Fukushima Daiichi in March 2011, nuclear power plants have been shoring up their defences for more than a year already. Much has already been accomplished; many projects are only months away from realization. By Will Dalrymple
Tender: NRC risk-informed regulation research, USA (Deadline: 16 August 2013)
09 July, 2013
The objective of this scoping study is to better assess the feasibility and potential value of advanced knowledge engineering tools, i.e., Content Analytics (principally existing software programs, but also including broad technologies) in supporting risk-informed decision making at the NRC.
Valve design hots up
04 July, 2013
Some kinds of Gen-IV reactors planned for development over the next 20 years propose raising primary- and secondary-circuit temperatures and pressures beyond current PWR levels.
Taking apart Greifswald, two ways
26 June, 2013
Experience dismantling Germany’s Greifswald nuclear power plant has shown that both the conventional cutting strategy and large component management strategy can be successful. However, the latter option is often favoured when considering economic and radiological factors. By Ralf Borchardt
Sellafield: a ‘mixed’ year, UK operator reports
26 June, 2013
The UK government body in charge of fuel cycle operations and cleanup of the Sellafield nuclear site has admitted that performance has been mixed, it said in its annual report published in late June.
Formula One operations
07 June, 2013
A race can be won or lost in the pit lane—and what was seemingly impossible yesterday becomes today’s standard as experience and new technologies combine. Most nuclear capacity loss is directly attributable to planned outages; these can be reduced efficiently and safely by all operators willing to invest in improvements. With a focused effort, a global nuclear fleet capacity factor of over 90% is achievable.